- It must be suspended above the ground, either on legs, bricks or blocks of concrete, to keep out predators.
- The more wood sides the better. Hutches with both sides and the front made of wire instead of wood doesn't keep the rabbit sheltered from wind very well. If you buy one of these hutches, try giving the rabbit a box to hide in or covering one of the sides with a piece of wood or a tarp.
- Even if you want to poop to fall onto a garden or something on the ground below the hutch, it's better to have something underneath the rabbit's cage to catch the droppings. It's not unheard of to have a rabbit's toes or feet torn off by a hungry raccoon or opossum. All hutches (if they are bought new), come with a pan beneath it that will just need to be dumped a couple times a week. Some used cages will not come with the pan and you will need to substitute with something else, like a large bucket or bin.
- Most traditional rabbit hutches have a top that comes off with hinges. This is a very important feature because it makes cleaning much easier. Some things will need to be added or removed from the cage that cannot fit through the door.
If you're going to keep your rabbit outside, nothing will shelter it better then a well-built hutch that meets all the proper requirements.
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