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TRIXIE Pet Products Rabbit Hutch with Outdoor Run, 78.25 x 36.5 x 57.25 inches
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- 2-story with retreat area on upper level
- Attic with removable floor
- Non-slip ramp and hatch door to restrict access between levels
- Hinged roof with locking arm opens on one side
- Pull-out plastic trays for quick and easy cleaning
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TRIXIE’s Rabbit Hutch with Outdoor Run is ideal for small groups of animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. The two-story design has a retreat area on the upper level. The non-slip ramp allows your pets to roam inside and outside, upstairs and downstairs, in the sun or in the shade for ideal comfort. The retreat area has both a sliding and a hatch door to give owners the option to restrict access as needed. There is also an attic (with removable floor) for storage or additional insulation. For easy maintenance, we’ve included a pull-out plastic tray and a hinged roof with locking arm that can be opened on one side. Solid wood construction, glazed pine finish, and our finest materials mean this hutch will endure years of use with very little maintenance. Compatible with TRIXIE Outdoor Runs. Dimensions: 78 x 37 x 57 inches; hutch 37 x 36 x 58 inches; run 46 x 36 x 38 inches. Door opening: mesh 18 x 25 inches; mesh/wood 12 x 15 inches. Weight: 140 lbs. Color: glazed pine. Quick and easy assembly. One year warranty. Note: Water bottle and bowl not included.
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I expected higher quality for the price I paid for this hutch. Not so. The wood is cheap and very soft. Three of my pieces arrived split. None of it is sealed. I had to buy waterproof varnish for it. (Note: Remember only seal the outside of the pieces that won't be gnawed on!)
The 'shingles' crumble. I sealed the shingles in varnish as well, but the run roof doesn't do much for rain, so I have secured clear plastic on the outside of the bars for part of the run and use a tarp for the other part (half of the mesh I left uncovered to avoid overheating on sunny days).
The latches are crap. The double that supposedly holds both sides of the hutch part shut is ridiculously difficult to position exactly right so that both doors are secured. I removed this completely and installed two separate latches. The wooden-framed run door also has a very unstable latch (where the 'top' attaches via latch to the 'bottom' part of the door), so that had to be replaced.
I had to buy a roll of 30" hardware cloth for the floor of the run, because one of my does immediately dug herself out.
I also dislike that there is no grated floor inside the hutch, so they are sitting right in the litter pan.
I was under the impression from the pics that this hutch could be divided in half (I originally bought it to divide my kindling does). This is not so. The divider does split the hutch into two areas, but there is a 'doorway' hole in the divider so the animals can move freely between them. Kind of pointless in my opinion.
I like that the hutch has a sliding door that I can close temporarily if I am trying to catch a particular rabbit. I especially like that the run's split door can be opened and is high enough that I can crouch and climb all the way into the hutch to catch the rabbits. I have learned through experience that various (and large!) access points are a very important feature to look for!
Once everything was together and tweaked, I am content with it functionally. It does the job and very comfortably houses five of my dwarf rabbits. It's sturdy and the bar spacing is perfect, even for the babies who were escaping my previous pen.
I am happy with it and expect it to last, but am grossly disappointed that it cost 3x as much as other models with no better quality build.
Yes, it does have some good features: The roof does not leak. The plastic-lined pull-out drawer of the "cabin" is easy to clean. The rabbit is indeed able to get in and out of the cabin by using the ramp. The wire is of a fairly heavy gauge.
Now, what I don't like: This structure is somewhat flimsier than I had hoped. The wood frame pieces below the cage-wire sections are pretty wimpy and could be easily broken. (Ditto for the piece below the bottom of the large door on the right.) The wood screws that were provided to anchor the roof to the rest of the structure were a bit too short for the job. A few weeks after we assembled the hutch, we wanted to move it a few feet, and someone lifted one end by grabbing the roof--bad idea! (A corner of the roof pulled loose, because the screws had only gone about a quarter inch or so into the wood below.) We keep this hutch on a concrete patio, and we placed a shim of about an inch underneath each corner of the structure, in order to provide enough clearance that we could occasionally hose off the concrete underneath where the hutch sat. However, the middle of the hutch then began to sag, and the large door on the right began to bind and had to be opened with great care--so we removed the shims. (The structure wasn't firmly framed enough to remain perfectly aligned--which could perhaps also have been an issue if we had placed it on ground that wasn't absolutely, PERFECTLY level.)
The roof has almost no overhang, so if it's both rainy and windy at the same time, both the middle and right sides of the bottom story will become pretty wet. We had been thinking of getting a second rabbit and keeping both in this hutch--but given that the comfortable space will become so limited in the winter (we're in rainy western Oregon), this doesn't seem wise.
An additional concern is that the wire mesh (0.8 inch X 3.75 inch rectangular openings) would probably allow a wild raccoon (of which we have many) to reach its "hand" into the cage and possibly even grab (and eat) the foot of the rabbit, if the rabbit happened to be near the edge of the lower level when the raccoon came by. (A friend of ours who used to raise rabbits lost several to raccoons who did exactly this--she found a dead rabbit in its hutch the next morning, with a paw that had been eaten off by a raccoon!) To avoid this risk, the owner of the rabbit has been closing the rabbit up in the cabin every night. (This job would be hugely more difficult if we had two rabbits!! And they could have just used wire mesh with much smaller openings and avoided this whole problem.)
Also, the little doors in the wire mesh (one located directly below the cabin, and the other on the side, to the right of the large door) can easily be opened by our rabbit. We currently have some bungee cords hooked up to keep them closed.
The latches that close the three wooden doors (the door to the "cabin," the door to the top storage area, and the large door on the right) are all very small and flimsy. We installed larger, more substantial latches to supplement them.
This thing MIGHT be OK if it was kept indoors, was never moved, and was placed on a surface that could be easily cleaned of the rabbit pee and poop that invariably accumulate on the lower level (not just in the cabin!) But as an "outdoor" hutch, it doesn't quite cut it.
The only reason I give it 4 instead of 5 stars is the ramp to the upper area. It is too steep. I did a simple fix to lessen the incline, though. The ramp normally attaches to the top surface of the upper area. I attached it to the lower surface (underneath) of the upper area. This dropped the upper attachment point by a couple inches. I also put the bottom of the ramp into the side fencing. That all equated to a much more reduced angle and the bunnies now have a ramp and not a slide. They were scared to use it before the modification.
When I first put them in, the didn't realize where they should be "going". I don't think they really understood the upper area existed. So, I put their favorite sleeping ledge from their previous cage in the upper level. I also put a cup of food up there. They were then temped enough to stay up there when I would put them in. I also added some of their droppings from the other cage into this upper area to retrain them.
This morning, they didn't even want to leave the cage, they like it so much :)
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