Outdoor Animal Projects

I'd like to call upon the wisdom of the group to help me decide how to proceed with a project. I'm building a rabbit hutch, intended for outdoor use, and I am wondering how to weatherproof it. It's made primarily from 2x2's, with a plywood back and roof. The roof will also be covered with tar paper (or other rolled roofing). Is there a finish that I can use on the exposed wooden areas that will be critter friendly, or is it best to let it weather and plan on building a new one in several years?
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That's what I'd do.
Also be sure you plan your hutch so the rabbits don't get too hot in the summer, and make sure they have a warm box for the winter.
It also needs to be strong enough to resist predators. Use heavy gauge wire screening.
Also, contrary to popular "wisdom" put a solid floor in it, not a wire one. Wire floors can cause a lot of grief for the rabbit's feet.
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Paint is a good choice. A paint store should be able to tell you which outdoor paints are safe for pets. Set the posts on a gravel bed or up off the ground to prevent rot/insect damage.
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