- Hutch for kindling and protection from weather and predators
- Enough grass area for a doe plus her litter
- Keeping pellet feed dry during the rain
- Easily movable
- Seasonally friendly - not too hot in the summer, protection from snow and cold in the winter
The first version rabbit tractor was huge - 6'x4'. The hutch had a solid floor. We only put wired along the perimeter of the base to keep the rabbits from digging out. It was very, very heavy.
|First rabbit pen|
The third had a full wire floor for the hutch and the wood was ripped down to more manageable sizes so the overall pen was lighter.
At this point, we realized we were going to need a lot of pretty large pens if we continued with this design. Eventually, we made it to our final design: a single pen split down the middle so it housed two rabbits with their own hutches and grass area. The hutch doors were on placed close to the outside of the framing so the feeders could be attached to the hutch close to the center divider. This helps keep the feed protected from rain even during very windy storms. Having the hutch doors to one side also gives the nesting boxes a little more protection from cold winds; boxes are placed against the center divider, not in front of a door. The final big change was putting 1" sq wire along the entire bottom of the pens. This keeps the rabbits from digging out and keeps predators from digging in.
We're in the process of writing up construction plans for the pens. We'll let you know when they're ready!