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Motor City Homestead » Blog Archive » Rabbit hutch pictures

Rabbit hutch pictures

So, work on the rabbit hutch has gone much slower than I had hoped (big surprise there) - but things are finally far enough along for pictures.  Here is the lean-to we built on the back of our garage.

Hutch

I know what you are thinking . . . “How did you get those pickets so straight and even?”  I’ll post a diagram of the jig I used later.  No, I did not use a traditional dance that includes lots of kicking and flailing to help me space the pickets.  In the woodworking world, a jig is a tool of sorts that one uses specifically for repetitive cuts, spacing, etc.  Here’s a close up of the pickets.  Amy planted lots of rabbit treats and edible flowers in front.

Pickets close up

The last detail of note is that we decided to hang the cages from the ceiling.  Cleaning out under the cages is much, much easier, and the rabbits are slowly adjusting to life on a swing.  When they get hopping, the whole cage set-up rolls like a cruise ship in a storm.  Here is a close up of the hanging cages.

Hanging cages

And one final shot of the side of the hutch.  Eventually, I may close in the sides to give some additional protection from the wind.  But the coldest weather is behind us, so I’m not going to worry about for the next several months.

Side View

We have lots of painting left to do, and more gardens to put in around the picket fences, but for now the rabbits are dry and warm.  But there is an even greater benefit.  Amy and I have spent a lot of time thinking of how to make our yard feel bigger.  Unless we start buying the houses next to us, there is no way to make our lot any bigger than it already is.  But, by making each part of our yard appealing in a different way, kids and guests will naturally spread out in the space.  That makes the space feel bigger, and also makes the kids want to spend more time outside.  I don’t know if you’ve ever been at someone’s house with a huge yard.  My Grandma has an acre around her house, and it’s 95% lawn.  Guess where we spent all of our time as kids.  Either on a boulder in the corner of her yard, or in the tree next to her house.  People need something to focus on to enjoy a space.  And we’re planning on putting several focus pieces (patio, trees, outdoor fireplace, pond, etc) around our yard as time and finance permit.  Most of our yard areas are purely ideas right now.  The rabbit hutch is the first to actually come together, and it has worked phenomenally.  That section of the yard has gone from a patchy section of lawn that the kids avoided like the plague, to an area that they always visit numerous times during the day.  Gabe, our oldest, heads out there several times every day to pet the rabbits or feed them grass and dandelions.  Even when the kids are playing, their play inevitably circulates near the rabbit hutch at several points.  So they are using more of the yard, and that makes the space feel bigger, even though there is less lawn than before.  Playing mind tricks on little children.  Does it ever get old?  I don’t think so.

54 Responses to “Rabbit hutch pictures”

  1. mrs. varney-crawford Says:

    wow~too cute. very nice job on the pickets, and the basket of flowers at the gate is a nice touch. all you need now is a rain barrel at the corner of the garage to catch the rain water for your garden needs. nice job!

  2. Nate Says:

    Rain barrels are in the long-term plan. We just haven’t gotten around to them yet.

  3. joanE Says:

    On the topic of rain barrels:
    Grandma Shaughnessy (your great grand, Nate) used to say that rain water was better for your hair…(well, you have no hair, but you know what I mean)
    She kept a big rain barrel by the back door of her place in Lexington.
    It seemed perpetually full somehow.
    Personally, I couldn’t bring myself to peel aside the spider webs trembling near the brim in order to dip into this liquid goodness and use it on my hair.
    Also, since I was little taller than the rain barrel, the spiders and their webs seemed abnormally revolting.

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