Our three bunnies had been living in bunnies hutches in the chicken yard. The bird netting above the chicken yard and lack of storage made our daily chores with the rabbits and the chickens a little frustrating. That bird netting has worked great to keep the hawk from eating our birds, however it has almost decapitated me EVERYDAY. We had been putting the bedding, feed and hay in the basement. I knew it would be just a matter of time before we would get mice. We had been brainstorming about what we were going to do long term, thinking about building a shed.
On the way home from strawberry picking we stopped by a road side Amish shed place. We just wanted to brain storm and see what was available. After talking to the salesman we found out that they had used pre-built sheds for very reasonable prices. We bought a 10 x 12 pre-built shed. It would be our Bunny Barn.
Inside the Bunny Barn we built two level bunny cages on two of the walls. We have wire cages with a slanted shoot underneath. The shoot empties into a rain gutter and the gutter empties into buckets that are than emptied into the compost bins. The Bunny Barn holds eight 3 ft x 3 ft rabbit cages. The slanted shoots under the cages are built out of plywood and covered with plastic vinyl. We have learned that the plastic vinyl is not a good idea, we will be replacing it with another material in the future, but the bunnies need to start earning their keep first. I got the idea for the rabbit cage set up from http://willowcreekfarm.wordpress.com/. They have a similar set up in their barn.
One of the best things about the Bunny Barn is that all of our supplies is not now in one place and close to the rabbits and the chickens where we use it. It saves so many trips back into the house to get feed or all the other supplies I forget when I try and do my morning chores before my coffee has had time start my brain.
It also makes working with the rabbits in the rain or in the dark a lot more enjoyable. I am able to sit out with them and groom them with out having to worry about the dogs or the crazy bird netting that drove me crazy everyday!
Great find! What a perfect little bunny shed. Wish I could find something like that around here but I don’t live anywhere near the Amish. I have some good bunny cages though I just need to find a good shelter for them like you did.
We really like our little bunny barn. We are going to build a enclosure for our bucks and to give us more cages, once I get it done I will post pictures. We are using a wire dog run and building on that.
It is not a thriving business. I mostly raise them to educate people about this great breed as well as they create great compost.