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White pine

Jim Sweet | Posted in General Questions on

Hi, I’m needing to build a large rabbit hutch with an enclosed run, and I have to use white pine because the bunnies will chew on the wood and it is safe for them.

Some areas will be exposed to the weather and I can’t paint it. How will white pine hold up unfinished?

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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    Depending on your climate, and the exposure to rain, the white pine will last for three to ten years. The pine will rot faster in a damp climate than a dry climate.

  2. KEVIN ZORSKI | | #2

    Jim - Building the roof with overhangs would help, and keeping the hutch elevated off the ground. Atlantic White cedar would be a more expensive option. I don't know if the oils in white cedar would be detrimental to rabbits, but i know that white tailed deer in Maine love to eat the greenery in the winter,so I doubt it would be harmful.

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