Rabbits usually make shallow burrows in the ground to give birth. This is their identical behavior. During the breeding period, mom bunny shows peculiar behavior. They gather everything possible to make the burrows comfortable for her upcoming baby. Even they become furious in several cases.
However, a rabbit nesting box is a good solution to keep both the mom and baby bunny well and secure. Different types of premium nesting box available in the market. if you like a DIY project, you could make a DIY rabbit nesting box easily.
In this article, I will show you the exact process of making a comfortable rabbit nesting box along with answering all the common questions regarding rabbit nesting boxes.
Rabbit Nesting Box Dimensions
When you are making a DIY rabbit nesting box, the dimension of the nesting box is not a matter here. The most important fact is the size of the rabbit cage or hutch.
Many people buy premium rabbit nesting box and can not put them into the cage due to the oversize. This is a common occurrence among beginner rabbit parents. So, at first measure the size of the cage opening and the inner space.
Another point is the material of the nesting box. most of us prefer DIY wooden nesting boxes. They are easy to handle and make. Now, come to the size of the nesting box.
How big should a nesting box be for a rabbit?
The standard dimension of the nesting box for the larger breeds with 10 kits is 10″H x 12″W x 25″L. if your bunny is medium or small in size, you could consider the size. 1/2 inch plywood is a good option for rabbit nesting.
Wooden vs. Wire Nest Boxes
There are different types of nesting boxes available, you know. Among them, the wooden nest box is the most popular. Some people also use a wire nest box. Anyway, here is the major difference between wire and wooden nest boxes.
Wooden nest box
Wooden nest boxes are a bit heavy. You need a medium to large size cage or hutch to place the wooden nest box. The manufacturing process is not very hard. But you need specialized tools and knowledge in a woodworking project. some people keep the bottom of the wooden nesting box empty. Some people use wire mesh and some people also use a plank on the bottom. The wooden nest box is comfortable and the edges are very smooth.
Moreover, the wooden nest box is sturdy and lasts long. Apart from the DIY wooden nest box, you will get medium to large size wooden nest box in the market. They come with premium quality and you can even use them for outdoor purposes.
Wire Nesting box
The wire nesting box is very lightweight. They are too easy to build. You just need a piece of ready-made wire. Then shape the wire-like a nesting box. you can easily place the nesting box inside the hutch or cage. Also, it is easy to clean.
But the main problem of wire mesh nesting box is its sharp edges. There is a chance of injury with the edges. That is why I don’t recommend using the wire nesting box.
How To Build A Rabbit Nesting Box?
Here is a step by step guide to making a rabbit nesting box from the scratch. You need a single 8 feet 1/10 plank. I hope you can easily build your nesting box by following this exact process.
Step 1: cut the plank into pieces
At first, you need to cut the plank into pieces. at first cut a 6-inch piece for the front of the next box. Then cut a 7-inch piece for the top of the nesting box.
For the back panel, you will need a 9.5-inch piece. And finally, you will need two 18-inch pieces for the side panels.
If you want to cover the bottom of the nesting box, you will need 16.5-inches for this size.
Some people keep the bottom empty or some people use wire mesh while preparing the nesting box. But I think using wood on the bottom is a good choice. It will keep the nesting box warm and cozy.
Step-2: Reshape the side panels
You need to reshape the side panels to make the entryway comfortable for the bunny. on the front of the side, pieces mark a point with a pencil from 6-inches from the bottom. Again measure along the top from the back toward the front 8-inches and mark there.
Now, connect the two points and cut off the corner of the plank. And repeat this exact process for other side panels to make the entry process smoother.
Step-3: Join the pieces together
You have almost done your job. Now it’s time to join the pieces of wood. You could use a nail gun to make the process easier.
Step-4: Sand down the sharp edges
Now, you have done the job. for more safety, you could sand down the sharp edges. It will make the nesting box premium looking.
Step-5: Attach metal hooks
This is an optional process. But if you want to put this nesting box inside the rabbit hutch or cage, you could attach two metal hooks. It will make the nesting box stable.
Can I Use a Cardboard Box for a Rabbit Nest Box?
Yes, you could use a cardboard box for your rabbit nesting box. But the cardboard box should be sturdy enough.
There are some downsides to the cardboard box. The cardboard box will soak the urine quickly despite using straw or hay. You could use pine shavings or premium rabbit bedding on the cardboard then place some hay or straw. It will keep the cardboard box try for an extended period.
Apart from the soaking problem, the bunny has a chewing habit. They will destroy the box soon. So, be prepare when using a cardboard box.
How to Make A Rabbit Nesting Box Out Of Cardboard?
Cardboard is one of the most common ingredients in the household. You can easily use a cardboard box for a rabbit nesting box.
At first, make sure that every part of the box is connected well. The box should be in good condition without any holes.
You could make a circular hole on the side of the cardboard box and close the top parts. Mom bunny will not stay all day long in the cardboard box. she will enter when it is time to feeding her baby.
You could place some bedding and hay inside the box. Bedding and hay will make the inner part comfortable for the baby bunny.
Having a bunny is fun. The baby bunnies look so cute. You will not turn your eyes back. I love them so much indeed. A nesting box helps you to monitor your mom bunny and the baby bunny closely. So, you could offer a quality DIY bunny nesting box inside the cage or hutch.