Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Little Rabbit Hutch

Mr. Thrift spent another Saturday stash-busting to build the bunny house for Diamond.  He designed it with a very secure back room, totally enclosed with only a hole entry for the bunny.  He was concerned about any prowling neighborhood animals, and wanted to give Diamond a place to be safe and feel safe because, apparently, rabbits can drop over dead of fright.  To wit:  when my sister and I were young, a dog escaped from a house several miles away and wound up in our backyard at 6 am, ripping the door off the rabbit hutch and terrorizing Melanie's bunny so much that it died.  My husband made a rock-solid little hutch to prevent this kind of heartbreak.


Unfortunately, Diamond poops all over the hutch, not just over the slats with the chicken wire underneath.  Silly wabbit.  My husband hung the dustpan and brush handily on the hutch, and provided a box underneath for the poop.  It goes on the compost pile then.

We're getting some hay from a friend's farm tomorrow, and then Diamond should be all set in her (his?) snug little house. Pin It

10 comments:

BLD in MT said...

It looks so well-made. Hats off to Mr. Thrift!

I've heard you can litter box train rabbits. Do you know of this? I wouldn't have a clue where to begin in training a rabbit to use it, but I hear its possible.

ChatterBlossom said...

He did a really good job building it!
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Sew Blessed Maw said...

What a nice home for Diamond..Great job Mr.T..
I bet the kids are really enjoying the new pet...

Margo said...

BLD, yes, I've heard of house-training rabbits, but we (I) really wanted a pet OUTSIDE :)

BLD in MT said...

Oh yes, I knew that was part of the deal. I guess I was thinking maybe Diamond could be encouraged to do his/her business in one particular place (slats over wire) instead of all over the hutch in general. You know, to make her/him even easier to clean up after.

Margo said...

BLD, I see what you're saying (DUH to me). Very clever. I'll look into it!

Kim said...

We litter box trained our outdoor bunny, get a small kitten litter box then put wood shavings in it and add a little pee and poo to the box and it will encourage the bunny to go potty in there. Might take a few months but they are smart, we currently have an indoor guinea pig who uses a litter box, so easy cleaning up after him. Good luck!

Beth said...

I enjoyed catching up here! The bunny hutch reminds me of a fave Curious George book my kids have all loved...

And I liked reading about your menu planning and baking thoughts.

Meghan said...

I love that the dustpan and whisk are hung on the side. Very smart. And a plan for using the poop in the compost, you really are the Thrifty family.

Margo said...

Meghan, it's the farming mindset that I was raised with: manure to the fields! (rabbit poop to the compost to the raised beds, in our case).

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