Run Rabbit Run

Posted: 2014-08-03

We recently took over two female angora rabbits - while we were on holiday, they've had two weeks at the summer hut. Now we're back home and will need to leave them unattended - they need a run.

On Thursday evening I took a trip to Maxbo and purchased the wood (untreated in case the rabbits gnaw on it) and some plastic roofing plates - colour is called soot - hopefully it will provide some shade while still letting some light in.

On Friday - we started with building the frame:

Frame built
Frame built
Frame built
Frame built
Roof added
Roof added
Roof added
Roof added
Door in place
Door in place

The white box in the background is for garden chair cushions but it's neither waterproof or mouse proof - so we're repurposing it as a bedroom for the rabbits. It will be joined with a short tunnel and can be properly insulated for winter - something the hutch can't be.

I'd intended to have enough netting in from the base to prevent the rabbits from digging out - but on Thursday evening while I was sitting in the garden a badger came round the corner of the garage. They're excellent diggers - so we needed a more robust base. But I didn't want the rabbits to have to sit on the wire mesh.

So the next stage was removing the turf:

Area marked up and turf being removed
Area marked up and turf being removed
Turf removed
Turf removed

Now - finding fox proof netting turned out to be hard. In the end - we found a website for a firm based in Ramnes (near Tønsberg) D. Johansen Husdyrutstyr who had galvanised netting with a 1" square grid - 1.2m high, 25m long and with 1,75mm thick wire. To top it off - they were doing a free delivery run around the region on Sunday. Perfect size, grid, thickness and timing.

Big heavy roll though.

Two strips to be made into the netting base
Two strips to be made into the netting base
Netting base made
Netting base made
Base placed
Base placed

Now we had to finish the ground preparation.

Placing the turf back in place
Placing the turf back in place
Turf replaced. You can also see the door added to the white box in the background
Turf replaced. You can also see the door added to the white box in the background

Next the frame was moved back into place and the netting along the bottom fastened to it.

Frame placed inside ground grid
Frame placed inside ground grid
Frame placed inside ground grid
Frame placed inside ground grid

Now came the walls.

Start of hanging the wall netting
Start of hanging the wall netting
Wall netting in progress from the inside
Wall netting in progress from the inside

So - we got the walls and door done.

Walls and door complete
Walls and door complete
Not a rabbit
Not a rabbit

And finally we moved the rabbits in.

Rabbits moved in
Rabbits moved in
Rabbits moved in
Rabbits moved in

What's left to do now? Well - we still need to make the tunnel to the white box/bedroom, add a hook in the inside of the door so that you can keep the door closed while inside - but otherwise - pretty much done.

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