TRIXIE Pet Products Rabbit Hutch with Outdoor Run and Wheels, 78.25 x 31.75 x 44.25 inches
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- 2-story hutch with upper retreat areas divided by sliding door
- Special features include wheels on one end and an 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 tray for quick and easy cleaning
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TRIXIE’s Rabbit Hutch with Outdoor Run and Wheels 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. It has both a hatch and sliding door to give owners the option to restrict access as needed. 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. There is also an attic (with removable floor) for storage or additional insulation. We’ve put wheels on one end to make it easier to move the habit around your yard. 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 32 x 44 inches; hutch 30 x 27 x 45 inches; run 45 x 27 x 29 inches. Door opening: mesh 14 x 14 inches; wood 11 x 15 inches. Weight: 107 lbs. Color: glazed pine. Quick and easy assembly. One year warranty. Note: Water bottle and bowl not included.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
It's got an attic area for storing extra bedding or whatever. In cold, if you dow have bedding up there, it will act as insulation for the sleeping area. It assembled very easily - maybe 30-45 minutes. The one complaint with the assembly is that one of the pieces for the attic floor was cut a bit smaller than it should have been, so it falls down every now and then - we jury-rigged a support for it and all is good. There's a sliding door to the ramp so you could theoretically shut your pets up top in evening to keep them warm/safe. However, they figured out how to nudge it open, so most mornings, they've already let themselves down.
The only downside is there is so much space on the ground level, sometimes it's a challenge corralling the rabbits to get them up top for the night.
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