I’m a huge fan of plastic pet housing due to ease of cleaning and low maintenance. Ok, so plastic is not chew proof, but most rabbits find wood more palatable, and plastic has the advantage of being easy to wipe clean and disinfect. So I was quite intrigued when my sister unveiled her new purchase for lucky rabbits Sage and Onion. The Ferplast Grand Lodge Plus 120 at £213 from Amazon (at time of writing), is a two storey plastic rabbit hutch which offers plenty of space for your pets without taking up room in the garden. In Sage and Onion’s case, their Grand Lodge is indoors most of the time as they are predominantly house rabbits. Space is even more of a premium when your bunnies live indoors and a plastic house blended into my sister’s semi-detached living room better than a wooden hutch.
Although the hutch is plastic, there are some wooden parts, namely the sleeping area and the ladders – one from the nest area and one leading down to the ground floor. This hutch is available in bigger sizes too (140 and 160 models) and comes in grey, green or brown detail. There are also basic versions (without the bottom tray, so can be placed on grass), and optional extras, like a roof insulation kit or PVC covers to protect against wind and rain.
The hutch comes in flat pack so be prepared to do some building! It is 115cm x 73cm x 117cm for the 120 model, so its a two person job to move it (23.3kg in weight). There are some nice features to this hutch, including sloping roof for water drainage which opens up for easy access. Other openings into the hutch are a handy side door, the door for the nest area and the run opening at the bottom. The package also includes a water bottle, bowl and hay rack.
Both top and bottom trays slide out for easy cleaning, and unlike wood these can be washed clean and quickly dried. I particularly like this feature as it works like my own chicken coops, but bear in mind if you use this hutch indoors and your rabbit sprays, you will need suitable litter trays or some additional protection at the sides.
Any downsides? Well, my sister would prefer an extra door for the run at the bottom. My issue is that although plastic is more hygienic, wood is warmer as it insulates and there doesn’t seem to be an insulating cover available for this item. So if you are buying this item for use outdoors, you will need to keep your rabbits warm by additional means, so be extra generous with bedding. There is a roof insulating kit available to buy and clear PVC covers that fit over the wire to protect against driving wind and rain. You can also move the hutch into an outbuilding during bad weather (not a garage with a car present because of fumes). For my own plastic chicken coops, I insulate them by covering with an old carpet which I bungee cord in place to stop the wind lifting them off, taking care not to cover the ventilation holes. This can also work with this hutch although admittedly it doesn’t look great!
This is a great alternative to a wooden hutch with a choice of variations to suit your requirements. Just make sure you have someone good at DIY nearby if you’re anything like me! 😉