Rabbit Housing

We are building shelter for the new meat rabbit herd.  The bunnies have been here a few weeks, and soon it will be too cold for their current charming & rustic tarp-based home.  Raising rabbits at Acorn is one part of making the farm more self sufficient.

This shed is made mostly from materials we found on the farm.  First we poured concrete left over from another project into rusted out buckets and used tires, embedding bent pieces of rebar in each one.  Then we cut rounds of black walnut branches (thanks craigslist), to make a level surface between the piers and provide a rot resistant layer of wood at the bottom.  The shelter is across the way from organic garden space, so pressure treated wood isn’t an option.  I would rather not use it anywhere.  The frame is made with timber from the tinnery, a small old structure we took down earlier this year, and the roof  is 5v panels from the same building, and just a little bit rusty.  New roof paint is one thing we will get through the global market.  In these pictures we’re building the south wall from two different kinds of thrown-away wood, shipping pallets and slab cuts from a saw mill.

Check back for more updates, including uses for rabbit manure.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Good idea raising rabbits – hope you have more success than I did when it comes time to eat them. I wandered around like Lady Macbeth for ages after the first killing. Still I do like rabbit casserole. The other little hint, they like to chew, and will eventually chew out wooden cages – you may have to line the walls with tin or some other impervious to rabbit material. Anyway good luck with it all, the blood does wash off your hands eventually:-)

  2. I think this is so cool and good for the earth as well, and i bet the rabbits are happy to.

  3. Rabbit meat? Do you kill them? Poor bunnies. What are you’re values pertaining to animals? Please reply, thank you.

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