Large Rabbit Hutches
How Much Room Does a Rabbit’s Hutch Need to Have?
With Rabbit Hutches, Size Matters!
A rabbit’s hutch should be roomy enough to meet his territorial needs if he’s male and his physical need to move about freely. If your pet is female and you intend for her to have little bunnies in the future, then the size of the hutch should also be able to handle the extra bunnies.
At a minimum, a home for a bunny should be at least 36 inches. Anything with less space than that is just too small to give your pet a comfortable home. The most miserable looking bunnies you’ll ever see are those that are packed into cages that are too small for them.
Though hutches can be made of only wire or other materials, you can find good quality, nice looking hutches made out of a mixture of wire and wood. These style hutches provide a nesting area that gives rabbit a sense of comfort and security. Plus, they allow room for the rabbit to rise up on his rear legs - an action that bunnies like to do to explore their space as well as sniff the air.
The rabbit’s hutch should have two areas. One area for the pet to sleep in and the other for him to move around in. There should be room enough for the bunny to have a part away from where he eats and sleeps to eliminate waste.
Pet bunnies don’t like to loll around on their own waste any more than a human being would enjoy it. Hutches that have the removable litter trays are more sanitary for the bunny and make daily cleaning go a lot faster.
To have the right kind of room for your pet to stretch and roam in, the hutch should be no less than three times the size of the fully grown bunny. Don’t measure by a baby rabbit because obviously, he’s not going to stay that size.
Rabbits have powerful back legs that are designed to give them speed. Without the room he needs to move around, the muscles in those legs will grow weak and unable to provide him with the skills he needs to survive outside if he ever accidentally gets loose from his home. Remember that a lethargic rabbit doesn’t mean he’s a lazy rabbit. It means he’s not getting enough exercise because he doesn’t have the space he requires.
You might see a custom built rabbit’s hutch that stands very tall. While rabbits do like to hop and rear up sometimes on their back legs, the majority of the space in the hutch should be horizontal and not vertical.