DIY Rabbit Hutch Design

Step-by-step instructions and materials needed to build an inexpensive DIY rabbit hutch to house your rabbits.

| November/December 1970

Rabbit in a hutch

Here is an inexpensive coop with which you can gain maximum results from rabbits, easy to build and inexpensive.


This inexpensive DIY rabbit hutch is easy to build and will provide your rabbits with a comfortable and sturdy house to live in. 

A DIY Rabbit Hutch Design

James N. Peterson has spent over five decades rambling the globe in search of the Good and the Beautiful. His restless quest—through hobo jungles of the big Depression to plush, catered clubs in South Africa, from sweeping floors in a mill to pacing the bridge of a luxurious passenger ship—has finally brought him full circle to his starting point: A family, small farm, the woods and the soil. Along the way, Jim has picked up a wealth of practical experience and a warm, comfortable view of life.

"The bounty only ceases when you fail to acquire the knowledge necessary to reap the harvest," he says. "I figure many problems in alternative living, communes or homesteads are about the same any place you go. And—whether it's the mountains of Colorado, the woods of Minnesota or the Hills of Oswegatchie right here in Connecticut—you'll most generally find an ole-timer who's already solved those problems.

"A good many of today's young folks are looking for an alternative to the rat race and I don't blame them. I just wonder if they realize that a number of us older geezers have been living such alternatives for years. Trading the so-called security of the establishment for the freedom of a simpler life, we've lived on the perimeter and made our own Good Life from the things provided by the Good Earth.

"In our case, my lady and I cut a spread out of rocky, bushy, wooded hills so dense even the copperheads had to use what was left of the old wood trail to pass through. We had to go the organic gardening route to have any plant life other than bullbriers or scrub blueberries on the land, as it is truly worn out. Along with the soil and reforesting bit, the husbandry of animals is in progress and our hillside is slowly being covered with small coops and sheds, each an experiment in limited costs and maximum serviceability.

"One of our most satisfying projects has been the raising of rabbits. This economical endeavor produces both high protein food and exceptionally rich garden fertilizer (rabbit manure outstrips poultry, horse and cow manure in nitrogen and phosphate content and matches horse manure in potash values) and has been too long overlooked by most folks.

4/20/2016 10:37:45 PM

If you don't feel like you're up to this, my hubby and I made a webpage that reviews all the different kinds of commercial hutches on the market and give them a star rating.! Thanks!

11/15/2013 9:46:09 AM

One of the pictures mentions plans for other coops. I'm wanting to raise rabbits for the freezer so will need 3 cages. Is there a way to contact the author and get more inexpensive plans? This is the most economical design I've seen!

9/15/2013 10:22:38 AM

Hey, Erika Schoene, why yes, yes I would eat my cat and any other animal I chose, if this offends you, maybe you shouldn't visit a site that caters to ALL WALKS OF LIFE from vegan to those of us whom you seem to think are barbaric carnivores. Perhaps you should just stick to sites like, and I promise NOT TO COME THERE AND POST A GOOD HASENPFEFFER RECIPE. We got a deal?

boyd craven
7/2/2012 4:08:30 PM

I might consider it if cats taste as well as rabbit?

erika schoene
5/30/2012 3:26:21 PM

Do you know rabbits are smarter than a cat? Would you eat your cat?

austin miedema
2/7/2012 7:54:04 PM

Figure 1 doesn't seem to be in the image gallery.

9/30/2009 10:20:05 AM

Thanks Guys n Gals at Mother! I could come up with absolutely no information from the USDA or any other source except for full blown commercial operations for a simple hutch. Thanks for keeping these archives of invaluable information open to us!

6/26/2007 2:42:26 PM

I love this bunnie hutch. I would love to make one. It is very hard to see the measurement on the pictures. Is there any way you could email me the plans to I can make them larger. Thanks Cresa

2/23/2007 12:26:56 PM

The pictures to go with the article would have been nice. MOTHER EARTH NEWS RESPONDS: You can find the pictures in the Image Gallery at the top left of the article under "Related."

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