Outdoor Rabbit Cage
Rabbits do very well in an outdoor rabbit cage. Rabbits enjoy being outdoors and they handle cold weather much better than warm temperatures. If you are planning on getting a rabbit, an outdoor cage is a very good option.
Outdoor cages need to provide protection from wind, rain and sun. It should be sturdy enough to protect your rabbit from predators as well.
Wire cages can easily be used to make an outdoor rabbit cage. Outdoor cages should have a waterproof roof, some protection on two sides from wind and some legs to raise it off the ground. A frame could easily be made with some good quality 2 x 4s. The legs should be at least 3 feet tall to keep the cage elevated from the ground.
Once the frame is put together, your wire cage can be attached to it using nails, fence staples or metal brackets and screws. You can use a wire cage you've made yourself or one that you have purchased online or from a feed or pet supply store.
A strong piece of plywood can be used as the roof. Don't use chipboard; it will deteriorate quickly in the weather. Spend the money on a decent sheet of plywood. Make sure you let the plywood hang over the edges on all sides to provide some extra protection from the rain and sun. If you can angle it a bit, that helps keep rain from pooling on the top. The roof can then be covered with asphalt shingles to further protect it from the weather.
Leftover plywood can be attached to the outside of the wooden frame to enclose two sides of the cage for wind protection. Generally this would be the back and one side. Some people also enclose a portion of the front to provide an enclosed area. Just make sure you still have room to use the door to the cage and put in a feeder and water bottle.
Attaching the wood to the frame makes space between the plywood and the cage wire so the rabbit cannot chew on the wood. An alternative is to build a wooden box with an opening on the side and set it inside the cage so your rabbit has a place to hide. Either way makes sure your rabbit has plenty of ventilation.
You can attach a drop pan beneath the cage to catch droppings if you wish, or just let the droppings fall to the ground where they can be cleaned up once a week or two. Trays need to be cleaned every few days since they hold the droppings and urine much closer to the rabbit.
Drop pans are usually made of metal. You can find them at rabbit supply companies, along with the metal slides to hold them in place. Droppings can be added to compost piles or directly into the garden, since they don't harm plants.
Set your outdoor rabbit cage up in a sheltered spot. This can be under a large tree, among shrubs or near the house so your bunny's cage benefits from the shade during hot weather. Make sure you select a place where all four legs will rest solidly on the ground so the cage does not tip easily.
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