DIY Bunny Toys – Slotted Cardboard BallsBoxes are one of the best toys for bunnies because they are so versatile. Size - Sheds are bigger than hutches, and bigger is better when it comes to rabbit accommodation. Easy to adapt - Although some owners go all out creating sheds with insulation, heating and lighting most sheds need very little adaption to make good rabbit houses. Easy to find - Finding a large rabbit hutch can be difficult, particularly if you don't want to buy online and pay expensive postage fees. Although almost all sheds can be adapted for rabbits there are a few points to consider that might influence your choice.
Construction - Several different types of cladding (the wood covering the walls) is used on sheds. Style - Depending on your plans the type of shed may not make much difference but it is worth noting where the doors and windows are in relation to where you want to position your shed. Permanently exchange glazing for mesh - this provides plenty of ventilation but you will need to provide a shelter inside the shed for cold weather. Add a secondary mesh screen - If your shed has opening windows then you can open them in hot weather for extra ventilation and fit a secondary mesh screen behind or over them for security (to prevent your rabbit getting out or anything getting in).
If you have no opening windows and want to keep the glazing you will need to provide alternative ventilation particularly in summer when sun shining through windows can make the temperature rise inside.
If your shed has overlap cladding you may need to protect it from rabbit teeth by lining the walls. Fitting lino over the shed floor will make cleaning much easier and protect the wood from litter tray accidents.
Because your rabbits will be on floor level, you may want to consider a low barrier that you can step over but will stop your rabbits immediately running out when you open the door. An internal mesh door (left) means the main door can be left open for extra light and ventilation during the day or in warm weather.
Although a shed is a great space, unless it's very large, your rabbits will still need access to a run. A good way to link the shed with the exercise space is by fixing the run to the side of your shed with L-shape brackets and then adding a cat flap or bunny sized door between. With thanks to Sooty, Oreo, Charlie and Mittens for sharing photos of their lovely shed conversion.
A sheds provides plenty of room for toys and activities; the height allows for boxes and shelves for your rabbit to hop on and off. Sheds are much easier to obtain as they are available in most local gardening and DIY stores.
Before you go too large it is worth checking with your council is there are any restrictions on the size of the shed you are allowed in your garden.
Tongue and groove and shiplap cladding are cut so they slot together to giving a smooth finish to the interior walls.
If you plan to attach a run then consider which side of the shed it would be attached to and where the eaves are. You can also create covers for the windows to suit the season such as fly screen for summer and heavy duty tarp to increase heat retention in winter.
A bolt will prevent access from animals and a padlock can be added to prevent human intruders.
This is a door made of mesh that fits inside the solid door, allowing you to open the main door for ventilation whilst keeping your rabbits securely contained. As well as writing a blog and book about rabbits, I run a site that promotes UK rabbit rescues (which incidentally is how I ended up with Scamp). Overlap cladding means the boards are fitted so each board slightly overlaps the one below - like tiles on a house roof. Small pieces of lino can often be obtained cheaply from the ends of rolls if you ask in store. Being able to sit down and interact with your rabbits will help you build a closer relationship. This leaves unprotected edges inside the shed which are easy for a rabbit to get its teeth around and chew so will need lining with boards.
If there are no windows you will need to do more adaptations (either adding a mesh door or a run) to give your rabbits access to light. Depending on the height of the shelf you may need to add a ramp or a box as a step up and down. Fill the gap created between the external cladding and the boards with insulating material such as polystyrene or house insulation - see insulating sheds. If you are not fitting boarding to the walls then you may want to protect the corners of the upright battens in the shed either with scrap pieces of wood nailed on or corner protectors sold for doorframes.
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