Build Your Own Rabbit Cage and Save

It may be less expensive to build your own rabbit cage. Buying ready-made cages, especially if they are large or elaborate can be quite expensive.

How many rabbits are you trying to house? Each adult rabbit should have their own space. Rabbits are territorial once they hit maturity and they may fight.

When you build your own rabbit cage the general rule of thumb is to provide one square foot of space per pound of adult rabbit. This means if you have a six pound rabbit (breeds like Dutch, English Angora, Standard Chinchilla, English Spot, Florida White and more) you'll need a cage that is 2 feet by 3 feet. This gives the rabbit plenty of room to move around.

Indoor cages can sit on the floor. You'll want to purchase a tray large enough to catch any droppings and urine unless your rabbit is litter box trained. You can get specially shaped triangular litter pans that fit nicely in rabbit cages.

Outdoor cages are usually a couple of feet off the ground. This lets the droppings and urine exit the cage to the ground.

Make sure you get strong welded wire for your cage. You want ½ inch by 1 inch for the floor and 1 inch by 2 inch for the rest of the cage. Doors can be cut and attached with hog rings or J-clips. You can hinge your door from the top, the side or the bottom, whichever you prefer.

Outdoor cages should have at least two solid sides to offer protection from the weather. In colder areas, three sides are better. You can put wire on all four sides and then add an outer layer of wood for protection. The wire will prevent the rabbit from chewing on the wood or soiling it with urine.

When you build your own rabbit cage the roof should be slanted so rain and snow can be removed easily. Cover the roof with something waterproof. You may choose felt paper and shingles, corrugated fiberglass or durable tarp. Make sure the roof is large enough to offer an overlap to keep rain from entering the cage.

The front of the cage should offer enough space for the door and food and water containers. Some people prefer to offer their rabbits food and water in heavy crocks, but they can soil their food and water this way. A J feeder that attaches through the wire works well, as do water bottles. You can also attach a hay rack to the outside if you wish. You put the hay in the hay rack and the rabbit can pull the hay through the wire, giving them entertainment as well as food.

The framing can easily be done with 2 by 2s. They are sufficiently strong to support your rabbit cage. When you are designing the cage, make sure you can reach the rabbit easily no matter where they may be located in the cage. Rabbits need regular handling and grooming.

Once you build your own rabbit cage, set it up in a sheltered spot. Keep track of where the sun hits during the various seasons. Rabbits don't fare well in the heat. Some extra shelter from trees may help during storms as well.

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