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Mini Lop Mama

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Here is my setup…
Starting from the left I have 2 bucks, then weened kits, then my 3 does!!
I have the extra hutch for weened kits.
I keep my food, hay, and everything in the box on the right!! For hot summer days I put a fan in the middle and put it on rotate. I also give them frozen water bottles on days over 98 and ice cube treats!! For winter I place a tarp over the front(the back of the hutch has plywood) and put tin on the sides.
If it is extremely cold I put straw down.
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Beautiful!
 

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The three upper doors and the three lower doors are all the same size for each hutch so they're interchangable. They match the removable floor plates so when a floor plate rots out, it can just be removed and either repaired or replaced instead of having to take the whole hutch apart. There's no freeze here, so there's piped in water which saves tons of time over water bottles.

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The doe hutch is two levels of one big run, although the floors are still made of multiple floor plates and the doors are still matching door sections. It's the same as the buck hutch except it doesn't have the space dividers.

The nesting hutch has special 'dropped nest' floor plates.
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A wooden box sits over the dropped area to protect the nest.
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There's slots near the bottom of the box so if a baby gets dragged out or falls out of the nest, it can easily get back in. We've not lost any babies out on the wire since we adopted these dropped nesting areas. It's also not a solid bottomed box, so when the babies are a few weeks old and the nest is usually getting dirty and damp, these stay dry since any liquids drain out.
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Next time hutches are built (these big ones were built with the ability to be taken apart and moved, but I may build some new ones anyway), they will probably just be one layer high. Most of the work in these hutches is cleaning the roof area between the two layers so one layer would be less work. These are outdoor hutches so we just let the manure gather under the hutches until we need it for the gardens.
 

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The three upper doors and the three lower doors are all the same size for each hutch so they're interchangable. They match the removable floor plates so when a floor plate rots out, it can just be removed and either repaired or replaced instead of having to take the whole hutch apart. There's no freeze here, so there's piped in water which saves tons of time over water bottles.

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The doe hutch is two levels of one big run, although the floors are still made of multiple floor plates and the doors are still matching door sections. It's the same as the buck hutch except it doesn't have the space dividers.

The nesting hutch has special 'dropped nest' floor plates.
View attachment 30886

A wooden box sits over the dropped area to protect the nest.
View attachment 30887

There's slots near the bottom of the box so if a baby gets dragged out or falls out of the nest, it can easily get back in. We've not lost any babies out on the wire since we adopted these dropped nesting areas. It's also not a solid bottomed box, so when the babies are a few weeks old and the nest is usually getting dirty and damp, these stay dry since any liquids drain out.
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Next time hutches are built (these big ones were built with the ability to be taken apart and moved, but I may build some new ones anyway), they will probably just be one layer high. Most of the work in these hutches is cleaning the roof area between the two layers so one layer would be less work. These are outdoor hutches so we just let the manure gather under the hutches until we need it for the gardens.
What a neat idea! Do you have multiple does housed together? Or does one do get that entire space??
 

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What a neat idea! Do you have multiple does housed together? Or does one do get that entire space??
Up to a dozen does can all live in one big run. It's about ten feet by three feet so it's a pretty big space. Saves a lot of time when opening one door and putting feed in one big dish will feed a dozen at a time.
 

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Up to a dozen does can all live in one big run. It's about ten feet by three feet so it's a pretty big space. Saves a lot of time when opening one door and putting feed in one big dish will feed a dozen at a time.
Do you breed all at one time?
 
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Such creative thinking! This is a great thread.
This is going to be part of my setup once I make a few adjustments. I’m short for one! Everything is kind of spread out right now until we put the rest of the walls in the barn up but it’s working. I ended up with more rabbits than I had planned on so some of the hutches are custom made and others were purchased like this one.
I built the first half dozen cages with good 1/2x1” wire for the floors and scrap wire for the walls and tops. Added a few dumor cages from TS that all needed reinforcements of course but I like that they will stack so the plan is to have two stacks of three. Some will be suspended. Also have plans to build a few more similar to this but only two high.
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