|Three-sided hutch with its back to the south.|
If you're doing hutches, I highly recommend protecting from three different directions, especially if you have wind and rain. In my case, my hutch is protected from south, east, and west. Also, if you have heavy wind, it is especially important to have the opening facing away from predominant wind, in order to prevent the wind knocking the hutch over. Having a heavy hutch will also help with that. I was lucky enough that my dad is good with woodwork, and he built a hutch for me. The top is protected from water damage using leftover shingles and flashing. The legs are treated wood. Do not use treated wood for any wood that the rabbits may have contact with. Some people like to paint their hutches, but I haven't found it necessary. Also, if you can still smell the paint, it's likely to cause respiratory issues for the rabbits.
|Silver-side-out tarps wrapping a dog kennel.|
|Chain link tie holding tarp to frame.||Zip tie holding tarp to chain link.|
Sun can be a killer for rabbits, especially in summer. I made sure to get tarps which have a silver side, which reflects some of the sun's heat by facing out.
The roof tarp that came with the kennel only went to the top edges of the kennel, which caused some issues with rain running into the kennel. To fix that issue, I added a second tarp over the top which attached to outside of the wall tarps, a few inches below the top of the kennel.
|Latticework and plywood adding support to roof.|
During the summer, I am able to give the rabbits extra airflow by rolling up the tarp on the north side of the hut. Since the hut is nestled into the corner of our fence, I could probably roll up the tarp on other sides, and still have the hut safe from most rain, but it's a tight squeeze, so I usually just leave it down.
|A 10'x10' area can hold 18 doe-and-litter cages.|
(Pardon the bad photomerge).