Rabbit Hutch or Bunny Palace? (Part 2 Indoor Homes)
If I offered you the choice between a one room bedsit and a luxury house, there wouldn't be much competition. Unfortunately for rabbits they often aren't given the choice.
The traditional rabbit hutch, a ply wood box 1'x1'x4' with no room for excerise is the fate of all too many rabbits. Some lucky bunnies, however, end up with luxury homes that boarder on the bunny equivalent to a palace!
Take a look at some of the homes below and let them inspire you.
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This is where my indoor bunny lives when he's not asleep on the couch It's 6ft long, 4ft deep & 4ft high.
My husband built me this about 4 years ago & my Brother named it Bunningham Palace.
A multi-level home for multiple bunnies (and the odd piggy)!
Its two levels for the bunnies if you look you can see ramps from the bottom floors to the middle floor. The top floor is a piggy house. The total length is six feet long and the total height is 4 feet - probably more. The whole front opens for cleaning (2 doors on the bottom and two up top and the piggy house the whole top lifts in two sections) there are two little doors for the bunnies to come in and out through so you dont have to have the big doors. The floors are lino everywhere sealed down so no edges can be lifted and the upstairs has vet bed. Downstairs with the food and water and trays is just the lino for easy cleaning.
It used to be open completely so all the bunnies had the run of the six foot span both up and downstairs but they unbonded into two groups so now its split down the middle with each group having half of each level. Second picture shows the barrier between.
My partner Allan made this indoor palace for our buns, it's dimentions are 5'6" x 2' x 4'1"
Ramps provide access to the first and second floors.
Dandy & Flopsy's Palace
Its two storey's, linked with a ramp and well stocked with yummy food!
Benson's Bamboo Palace
Here are a couple of photos of Benson's house, built by my husband from pine and bamboo canes. It is carpeted throughout and has a ramp up to the first floor, the front opens completely and there is a pop-hole for Benson either side (one with a ramp that doubles as a door). We built it for Bramble our first bun and she refused to use it until there were two exits - she chewed the canes until we got the message. A small litter tray just fits in the lower floor. I don't think it would confine a rabbit for long but ours are free range - it just gives them a place of their own. Bella and Becky don't fit any more as they are Giants so it is Benson's refuge when they are a bit too boisterous.
This is a home made cage, housing two bunnies Bunster & Sparty. Its made from panels sold as storage cubes, fastened together with cabel ties. The middle black panel on the front is the door, fastened with a padlock.
Its on two levels, with a step to get to the second rather than a ramp. A clever idea for saving the space a ramp would usually take.
Your Bunny Palace
If you have a bunny palace and would like to see it here, please send photos and a description.
For more information on housing rabbits see: The Rabbit House