Hutches are available in single-storey and double-storey models.
With single options, it is usually just a covered area which you are getting, for them to sleep and eat. You will need a separate attached run, and they are often only big enough for one rabbit too.
Double-storey hutches can either have two living floors, which is good for two rabbits or if you want to give them extra space, or one top living storey and an open grassy section at the base.
Hutches with runs are also available. These are often double-storey, but rather than a small grassy section, it usually extends out to be twice as deep.
Most rabbit hutches come in 5ft and 6ft sizes, which explains the length of the unit. The important thing to remember is that a hutch can never be too big for a rabbit. They should be at least four times the size of the rabbit according to some experts, while others say they should be eight times their length.
It may, therefore, be the case that the ones above are not suitable and you need something larger from a specialist pet shop or outdoor building company.
Height is also important, though. You should look for a minimum internal height of 24 inches/60 cm so they can stand up, which is a natural behaviour for rabbits.
Look at the dimensions and check you have enough room in your chosen space for your dream hutch. Also bear in mind how large your rabbit is when comparing to the access doors in between rooms, and the inside areas.
You will probably pay more for larger huts with more space, but as seeing as it is vital they have enough room to move about and relax, you can’t scrimp and get a cheap one if it isn’t appropriate.
You also will likely get better materials, equipment, security and easier cleaning if you pay that bit more. A hutch can start at around £80 for something basic and small which will need jazzing up with runs and extra space and can go towards £200 and over for larger multi-floor options.
Outdoor hutches are often made from wood, which is tough and usually largely waterproof and treated with weather-resistant paints and covers.
Woods can range from pine to fir and timber. There may also be plastic used in the construction on floors to prevent them from getting wet from urine and making them easier to clean.
In terms of the wire used, you should go for something really strong. This will stop bunny from escaping but also prevent any predators from getting in. Chicken wire is common.
Always check the build of your hutch to ensure no wire is coming apart, no wood is chipped and it is all still intact.