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Pequoda's Rabbit Hutch
By the Mother Earth News editors
James N. Peterson

www.motherearthnews.com

Here is an inexpensive coop with which you can gain maximum results from rabbits. Constructed basically of 1 x 2 furring strips, 1"-mesh chicken wire and tar paper, the coop is light enough to be moved from area to area before and after the growing season and out of the prevailing winds to a sheltered spot during the blustery winter months. For further protection, either black building paper or cardboard can be tacked to the sides and back.

The floor, well covered with litter, will provide additional comfort for the rabbits and excellent mulch for your garden.

STEP 1. FLOOR FRAME

Cut (and cut 'em square!) three pieces of 2 x 3 lumber, 24-3/4" long and spike to the 8' 2 x 3's as shown in FIG. 1. Then staple on a 1/2 x 30 x 60 piece of galvanized wire with staples spaced 3 inches apart. Now, for convenience in building, set frame on four cement blocks.

STEP 2. ENDS

Cut the following pieces of 1 x 2 furring strip to length and nail as in FIG. 2.

Two pieces 22" long
Two pieces 26" long
Two pieces 30" long
Two pieces 30-1/4" long

Remember, one is for the left side and the other is for the right, so lay pieces out accordingly before nailing. After frames have been assembled, cut and staple 1" chicken wire to the outside surfaces and trim off excess. Lay frames on a solid surface during stapling to make the job easier.

STEP 3. BACK SECTION

Cut the following pieces and nail as shown in FIG.3

Two pieces 60" long
Three pieces 25" long

When frame has been nailed, staple on 1" chicken wire.

STEP 4. ROOF FRAME

Cut the following pieces of 1 x 2 furring and carefully nail as shown in FIG. 4.

Five pieces 72" long
Two pieces 44" long

STEP 5. DOOR

Cut the following pieces of 1 x 2 and assemble carefully as shown in FIG. 5.

Four pieces 27-1/2" long
Four pieces 25-1/2" long

After nailing sections rigidly together, cover with 1" chicken wire and attach hinges. This will ease hanging of doors later.

STEP 6. CENTER OR DIVIDER FRAME

Cut the following pieces of 1 x 2 and nail as shown in FIG. 6.

One piece 21-7/8" long
One piece 25-7/8" long
One piece 29-7/8" long
One piece 30-1/8" long

At this point—when doors, roof frame, divider, ends, back and floor sections have been completed—additional pieces of 1 x 2 should be cut as follows: Three pieces 1" x 2" x 29-1/2".
Complete assembly by following this sequence:

(a) Position end sections on floor frame and toe-nail each section at each end with one four-penny nail.
(b) Nail back section to floor and both ends.
(c) Position and nail divider in place.
(d) Carefully position and toe-nail roof frame to back and end sections.
(e) Nail two 29-1/2" pieces of 1 x 2 on front (one at each end) to roof frame and ends of coop.
(f) Hang doors.
(g) Position remaining length of 1" x 2" x 29-1/2" between doors. Make certain doors swing freely.
(h) Attach hooks and eyes to doors and center piece.
(i) Nail a small cleat to the frame of coop to act as a stop for the top of each door.
(j) Cover roof frame with 1" chicken wire and carefully staple in place. If a heavy object (sledge hammer, piece of iron or rock) is held against the under side of the 1 x 2 during this operation the staple will drive easier and you'll prevent damage to frame. Cover only top, not outside edges, of frame. Trim excess wire.
(k) Cover entire roof frame with black building paper. Tack on at outside edges, placing tacks approximately three inches apart. Fold to box corners neatly.
(l) Cut 30-lb heavy tar paper to fit top area of roof and cement (do not tack or nail) to black paper. Spread a two inch wide area of cement all around outer edges and add a spot here and there at random on the remaining area. Cement, when dry, will hold the tar paper without nails. If nails are used they will eventually be drawn out by temperature change, causing later difficulties.

 

 

 

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