A rabbit barn is the first thing you need if you plan to raise bunnies. This design is flexible. Its simple layout is easy to follow and cheap to build. This plan for a rabbit barn uses rough sawed lumber. It can be substituted with other materials, but we recommend using the rough sawed. This example rabbit house can be customized to fit any of your needs. Plus, if the whole rabbit raising venture just does not work out, then the building can be converted into just about anything else.
Rabbit Barn DIY Instructions
This simple layout can be used just as efficiently for chickens, ducks, and many other small animals. You can adjust the dimensions however you see fit. Keep in mind that rabbits have many enemies out there, so you don’t want any week spots in the building. After all, an object is only as strong as its weakest link.
Use 4 x 4 x 12′ rough sawed oak posts. You can get by with 10′ for the short shed wall. Set them 20″ – 24″ deep in concrete. Do not pour the concrete into the the holes without mixing it first, It should be good and thick. The wall girts are 2 x 4 x 8′. Put these on 24″ center and use a good quality beam screw to attach them to the posts. Make sure to picture frame around the door and window openings. 1 x 8 oak will work for the vertical siding. Use galvanized nails or screws to fasten it. Build the door from the siding and use utility hinges and a latch with a master lock. Run a 2 x 8 beam to support the weight of the rafters. It will go around the perimeter at the top of the post after you cut them off. Use 2 x 6 x 16 for the rafters. One wall needs to be at least a foot taller than the other. The more the roof pitch the better. Make any wall you want the high shed wall except the back wall. It would direct rain water right at the door. Use 1 x 4′ whatever length you want for the battens. See How to Install Metal Roof for details on laying the metal. Do not go overboard on any of the materials. It is just a rabbit barn. Stick with your game plan and good luck with your rabbit barn.