I recently had to make my indoor bunnies into outdoor bunnies due to allergies and I was devastated. I thought they wouldn’t make it outside but I found an easy, cheap, and safe way to make the transition.
I wanted to build them a shed but I had trouble finding plans I liked. So I looked around and found a shed at Canadian Tire. It was 6 by 8 feet with an 8-foot height and came with a triangle roof, windows, vents, shelves, 2 doors that swung open, a metal twist lock, and a plastic grip floor. It cost about $600 but when I looked into making a rabbit shed on my own the materials for it ended up being over this cost. The shed is a hard plastic and came in panels. It was great, it only took an hour to assemble and was very sturdy. I also really liked the plastic floor because it kept my rabbits off the cold ground and it was really easy to clean. After I built the shed I put a couple huts inside, some toys, and I put straw down on the floor to give my rabbits extra warmth. I wanted to be able to keep the shed doors open in the summer so they could have sun and fresh air so I decided to make a gate in front of the shed doors. I went to Wal-Mart and bought metal shelf squares. They came in a pack of 12 or so and also came with round connectors. I made 2 walls (holding them together with the round connectors and zip ties) and then screwed each wall to the inside sides of the shed (right behind the shed doors). I then got some clips and clipped the 2 sides together in the middle, so when I took off the clips I could open and close it like a gate.
Here’s a tip: The metal shelf squares are great to make a home made indoor cages. We built ours about 4 by 3 feet and put 2 levels in.
In the wintertime I hung a light in the shed for some extra light. In the summer I bought an animal playpen so they could run around on the grass, and I also bought a tent cover for the playpen so they were protected from too much sun and predators.
If anyone has any questions or would like to see pictures I’d be more than happy to help. I know it was hard for me to figure things out. So don’t be afraid to ask!