Our rabbit run future chicken coop area

Remember when I said I wanted to turn this little corner into a possible bunny run?  This was in January:

Well, when I say I’m going to do something, I do it.  Is this what it feels like to be an expectant mother?  I feel like this is my nursery I’ve been working on just waiting for my little babes.  If we decided to add chickens, I can half this and add another gate to the left for a chicken run too!  Farm de la Diana.  See me on the next Tour de Coops – kidding.


The gate was created by our handyman Dennis and I wanted to be able to see the little ones while I was out gardening so we used small square cage wire and it goes from the top all the way to a foot deep in the ground since rabbits like to dig.  Garden bench from Wayfair, bench pad from Pier 1 (so many are all on sale!)


Yes they are patriotic bunnies, go USA!  I found the flag at a hospice charity store back home in Northern California.  I bought this white picket fence rabbit hutch by Advantek and had our handyman Dennis put it together and make the custom gate area.  I also added a lot of extra security so nothing and I mean nothing can push or flip anything over if any evil thing comes in trying to hurt them – not even crazy wind, not that we get any or that I would put them out there if there were.  If anything, I’ll happily shoot anything that comes over that fence…

Then I went to Etsy and bought a vintage enamel house number from Belgium to replace the company logo…


And a weather vane for a dollhouse and used some wood glue to get that sucker on there.


And on Joss & Main found a bird house so they can have visiting friends!  I painted some colors using Behr paints that actually are our home colors so it matches.



I really dislike our wood fence.  I painted it white when I moved in two years ago and it’s become home to those wood carpenter bees and we filled in the holes and they still come back.  Eventually we are going to add a lot of brick around here, new paths, footers around our garden beds and brick fences and this will be replaced with brick and a little wood gate entrance.  For now, I painted it with red hearts because that’s the fun part about living in an old home with old things!

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And a few blue porcelain balls for decor thrown within the clover which bunnies love to nibble on.  I think they’ll like it, what do you think?  It’s lifted to avoid irrigation issues.


We will be getting the dwarf hotot breed  (click to see all the cuteness!!!) – I made a new friend who breeds them in East Mesa and I’m so excited for them!  I know we’ll get two and the reason why I decided to do bunnies before doing chickens, is because I had a rabbit in jr. high so I’m familiar with them.  They also eat veggie scraps and their poopies are great for the garden.  I love bunnies!!!

We’ll get them this fall and we will also have an indoor set up for them to keep them safe and healthy of course, but this will be fun for them as I relax and do some reading outside.  I’m still trying to figure out the most pretty way to house them inside too.

I’ll take an updated photo when they’ve arrived and also when it’s overcast since it’s difficult to get any decent equally lit photo at any time of the day.


I hope they’ll like it here.

Equipment used: Sony NEX-5R (c/o), 50mm f1/.816mm f/2.8 + 18-55mm (c/o).

Diana Elizabeth is thinking of lots of different names, have any ideas?

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.



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