To give our buns more open air time, exposure to fresh greens, we decided to make a rabbit tractor. So far, they have all spent time in it and loved being out in the open. This will eventually be used to house the grow outs until freezer camp day. I took several designs I saw and combined what I liked, and used materials I had available. If you click on the images you can enlarge them for more details.
I had a small section of chain-link fence left over from another project. This looked like a good base, and size for the tractor.
We had some extra tubs laying around. This looked good to make a hiding hole, shade for them.
Using a jigsaw I cut a small opening into one side.
Left over 1×3 lumber from the demo of the office (the inside of our tiny house). I chose an A frame to minimize materials needed, and weight. And I only had 2 rolls of wire and didn’t want to go to store. The frame is screwed together with deck screw we had from another project. The base is made of treated 2x4x8. Left over from building the greenhouse attached to the building. I happen to have 10 feet of chain link fence, and the 2×4 was 8 feet long. Bonus, no cutting.
2 rolls of left over 1/2″x1″ welded wire. This was going to be a grow out pen in the coop, but we liked the tractor idea better. The wire is stapled to the frame.
Because I was working alone, and needed to stretch the chain-link tipping the tractor on edge was the easiest thing to do.
This is metal fastening tape, found in the plumbing section. I use this stuff all over the place. Works great. It is woven between the chain-links and secured to the bottom of the tractor frame. This way I can move rabbits and everythign without ever having to get them out. It also prevents them from digging holes, and protection from predators.
I hinged the whole side of the tractor. This allows easier access to the rabbits inside. If I opened from one end, someone (not me) would have to crawl in there to get rabbits.
The door is kept closed with bungee cords connected to the bottom chain links and the wire mesh on the sides. It is tight enough that the rabbits or predators cannot open it. The pet litter box is actually a waterer. I drilled the bottom and made a shelf for it to sit on.
The hole in the bottom is connected to rabbit nipples (tubing, connectors, and nipples available though Amazon)
I had all the materials on hand, and made do with what was available. If I had to make it again and buying materials it would probably cost around $60-80 and that is a high estimate. You can scrounge materials from various places or buy used materials.
Lumber can be from used pallets = free
Cubbie can be made from Rubbermaid containers from goodwill <$3 Goodwill. You can also find hinges at goodwill, Habitat for Humanity Restore. or asset Recycling.
Instead of watering nipples you can use watering dishes/bowls/tupperware/etc. = free
Wire may need to be purchased, but if not overnighting rabbits can use chicken wire. Check craigslist.
Many places like Habitat, and Asset Recycling will have sections of chain-link. you really don’t need it, but we will be overnighting the rabbits in it, and ease of moving them.