Homestead Hacks: DIY Rabbit Tractor

Reader Valinda Mullin shares a clever DIY hack that allows her to raise healthy, happy meat rabbits in a mobile pen.

| December 2016/January 2017

  • This DIY rabbit tractor will help you raise healthy, happy rabbits.
    Photo by Valinda Mullin
  • Step 2: Build a box frame.
    Photo by Valinda Mullin
  • Step 3: Enclose one end to create an area in which the rabbits can take shelter.
    Photo by Valinda Mullin
  • Step 4: Attach 2-by-3-inch welded wire to the bottom of the rabbit tractor.
    Photo by Valinda Mullin
  • Step 7: Fashion a roof of sheet metal set into a wooden frame.
    Photo by Valinda Mullin
  • Step 8: Attach the lid with a piano hinge.
    Photo by Valinda Mullin
  • Step 9: Finish the tractor by installing a large knob as a handle.
    Photo by Valinda Mullin

I thought it’d be great to have a tractor for raising meat rabbits, just like people do with their chickens. I started by gathering up recycled supplies that I’d been saving for this purpose and then got to work.

Materials

• 1-by-4s
• 1 1⁄4-inch screws for wooden frame
• 1 sheet of plywood
• 3⁄4-inch fencing staples
• 2-by-3-inch welded wire mesh for bottom (use 1-by-2-inch welded wire if you’ll be raising small meat rabbits)
• 1⁄2-inch hardware cloth for sides
• 1 center-mounted wheel (2 wheels if using a side-by-side design)
• 2-by-2s for handles
• 3-inch screws for handles
• Lightweight sheet metal for roof
• 1⁄2-inch screws to attach roof
• Piano hinge
• Large knob

Tools

• Circular saw
• Hammer
• Battery-powered drill with screwdriver tip
• Wire-cutting pliers
• Tin snips
• Tape measure, straightedge, pencil

Cutting List

Plywood:

• Two 23-by-28-inch ends
• One 19-by-27-inch floor
• Two 19-by-23-inch sides
• One 5-by-28-inch front lip



1-by-4s:

• Six 29 1⁄2-inch pieces
• Four 24-inch pieces
• Three 22 1⁄4-inch pieces
• Two 4-by-4-inch pieces

Directions

1. For the top and bottom, build two 30-by-72-inch frames out of 1-by-4s. I salvaged my lumber from some large shipping pallets.

bearhardin
9/1/2017 10:07:56 AM

Sure hope your pallet wood wasn't treated, as rabbits DO chew...!







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