Homemade Rabbit Cages
Making your own homemade rabbit cages doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it can be pretty easy. Wire is the most economical and sanitary material to make your rabbit cages from.
Before you make your cages, you need to decide where the cages will go. Will your rabbits be outdoors? Will they be in a shelter outdoors? Will they live in the house or garage? The answers to these questions will determine what supplies you need to make your cages.
Wood can be used as the outer framework, but should not be used on the interior of the cage. Urine and water will soak into the wood, making it difficult if not impossible to keep sanitary. If you do use wood, make sure it is not treated wood. If rabbits come into contact with treated wood they can become very ill or die.
There are many designs for homemade rabbit cages online that you can choose for your rabbits. Welded wire can be found at farm supply stores or you can order it from a rabbit supply company like Bass. You can get it by the roll or you can get it pre-cut in standard cage sizes. Make sure your floor wire is ½ inch by 1 inch grid. They also sell the clips you'll need to put the wire together into a cage.
A normal size for rabbit cages is 36 inches long, 30 inches wide and 18 inches high. This is plenty of room for most rabbit breeds except the largest. Flemish Giants and Checkered Giants will need larger cages. If you are planning on raising rabbits, this is also a good size for a doe and her litter until weaning age.
If the cages will be mounted in a barn or shelter, will you have them at a single level or do you want them in a double tier? If you want two layers, a tray will need to be added beneath the top layer to protect the rabbits down below.
If your homemade rabbit cages will be used indoors, you can actually make a rather tall rabbit condo. Add different floor layers with ramps for the rabbit to use. Rabbits appreciate the opportunity for exercise when they can get it. The bottom of the condo will need a tray to catch droppings and urine. Urine guards along the edges of each level may be a good idea to prevent any spraying.
Outdoor cages will need protection from the elements. A solid roof is a necessity, as are at least two solid walls. Ventilation is very important, but so is protection from wind and rain. If you can place the cage somewhere with natural shade, your rabbit will be much happier in the summer. Rabbits are actually much more susceptible to heat stroke than to the perils of cold weather.
Rabbits can be trained to use litter boxes whether they live indoors or out. If your rabbit likes a litter box, it can make cage clean up even easier. Once they are used to using the litter box, you will rarely see an accident anywhere in their homemade rabbit cages.
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