Bluebell Hideaway Rabbit Hutch Review
The Small Animal Hutch from Pets at Home
Bluebell Hideaway Rabbit Hutch Review Review
Well we finally took the plunge and increased the size of our family by 2. Welcome Beau and Oreo to our family. Their arrival though meant I had to source some accomodation for them and as we purchased them from Pets at Home then it only felt right that we got their hutch at the same shop.
My wife and I had been thinking about Rabbits for a while (well the wife had) and I had seen a few hutches at other shops and was always amazed at how much shops charge for them. I didnt want to pay £200 for what is effectively some wood and wire mesh with a few hinges and latches.
My view on shop sold hutches was always the same, they are simply not worth the money. I wanted therefore to be able to build one, but my wife when she previously had Rabbits as a child had them built by her father and she insisted that this one was purchased.
So whilst in the local store we had a look around and liked the range that Pets at Home had, we initially had our eye on the Dandelion Den Hutch which is a single level hutch with nice pull out trays lined with plastic that makes the hutch easy to clean. However this was around the £100 mark and wouldnt have been large enough for the English and Rex Rabbits that we had our eye on.
Outside was a double story version of this hutch but this was almost double the cost of the Bluebell Hideaway. The friendly staff member (cant recall her name) recommended that we go for the Bluebell Hideaway instead as this would enable the rabbits to stand on their hind legs to stretch, something they like doing!
Sadly they didnt have one built at the store so I left to try and get some phone signal to see what it was like, and if there were any reviews. There were some positive and some negative reviews on the Pets at Home site and the hutch was discounted online by £10. The staff member said if we clicked and collected online we could get the hutch for that price however when I tried to do so the store we were at showed no stock! Luckily she honoured the online price when we eventually paid in store.
Once we had paid it was out to the wives 3 door 2 seater and the mission of trying to get a 1.6m box into the car with a large bail of hay, bag of food, water bottle, feeding bowl and the 2 rabbits in boxes. 10 minutes later we were on the way home.
Once at home the unboxing and build commenced and the first thing I noticed was that the Bluebell Hideaway Hutch is really well packaged. Undoing the box and opening it up reveals all of the pannels stacked on one another and covered by protected paper. A small plastic package contains the instructions and some labeled grip seal bags containing the screws to build the hutch. About 30 minutes later and the hutch was built and ready to 'decorate' for the rabbits.
You can see the unboxing and build below: