Build a Rabbit Cage
How to Build Your Own

If you want to build a rabbit cage, do your homework first to figure out what needs your rabbit will have. You want a cage large enough for your rabbit to be comfortable. You also need room for the rabbit feeder and a water bottle. Your rabbit may appreciate a private area where they can go when they are frightened or stressed.

You'll need to know what kind of cage you want to build. Are you planning on getting a pet bunny to live in the house? Are you planning on showing rabbits? Do your kids want to join 4H? A house bunny will obviously have different needs than rabbits that are being kept outdoors or rabbits that will be raising litters.

Outdoor rabbits that are kept in a barn, shed or under a shelter can be quite happy in a wire cage. The wire allows droppings and urine to fall below, keeping their home nice and clean. If you will be raising rabbits, you will need to make sure the cage door is large enough to accommodate a nest box.

You may also want to consider using what is known as "babysaver" wire around the bottom few inches of the sides. This is a special wire that has smaller gaps on the bottom than on the top. Baby rabbits, although blind and deaf, can crawl amazingly well. They can sometimes fall out of regular rabbit wire and end up far from their warm nest. Babysaver wire keeps them inside the cage so you can return them to the nest box.

If you are trying to build a rabbit cage like this, you'll want to get a good cage latch that is easy to undo. You'll appreciate it when you have your arms full of a squirming rabbit that needs to go back into his cage.

Wire cages usually have feeders attached that need you to cut an adequate hole in the wire for the bottom of the feeder to fit through. You can fill it from the outside and the pellets fall down where the rabbit can eat them from the inside of the cage.

If you are planning to build a rabbit cage for an indoor rabbit, you'll want to determine if the rabbit will get to run outside of the cage or not. If not, most house bunnies appreciate more space so they can get a little exercise. If they will get regular exercise times, a smaller cage is fine. Keep it stocked with proper feed and water.

You'll want to consider how you'll clean it as well. A larger cage may be more challenging to keep clean unless you can reach every corner. The floor material will matter a lot when it comes to cleaning. If you are using wire and a tray beneath, the tray will need to be changed daily.

You'll find that when you build a rabbit cage it can be both challenging and rewarding. Seeing your bunny safely inside his new home will bring a smile to your face, knowing that you worked hard to create that safe haven.

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