Outside Rabbit Cages
Outside rabbit cages can be quite suitable for your rabbit. Most rabbits do better in the fresh air. An outdoor cage will protect them from the weather, from predators and will provide them with plenty of fresh air. Many people enjoy their pet rabbits even though the rabbits live outside.
You can approach this from a couple different ways. You could buy a cage. There are many companies like Sierra and Ware who make beautiful wooden rabbit cages that last for many years.
Gone are the days when rabbits would be kept in the backyard in a makeshift cage made from scrap wood. These cages are easy to put together and they give your rabbit plenty of options. Some come with enclosed areas for privacy. You can also add a play area on some of these cages.
You could buy a standard wire cage and mount it in a frame you build yourself. You can purchase outside rabbit cages in a variety of sizes. They come in a box and you follow the directions to put them together. You will need some special tools for the job since the wire sides are put together with J clips or C rings. These cages last a long time, keep your pet safe and have stood the test of time with rabbits for many generations.
The other alternative is to make a cage yourself from scratch. There are lots of free plans online that you can refer to, ranging from fairly simple to elaborate. Choose one that suits your construction abilities. Take a complete list of materials you will need to the home improvement store so you don't forget anything.
Once you get the materials home, follow the plans for outside rabbit cages as closely as possible. Measure carefully before you cut lumber or wire. Mistakes cannot be undone! Put the cage together with wood screws or bolts for durability.
Put a solid roof on the cage. The roof will protect your rabbit from rain, sun and snow. You want it to be waterproof and sturdy. Outdoor cages are usually, but not always, off the ground. Most will be on legs or hung in some type of shed or frame. This keeps your rabbit away from mud, parasites and other problems that may crop up.
If you plan on letting your rabbit down on the ground with a play yard, run wire on the bottom to keep your rabbit in and predators out. Rabbits allowed to play on the ground may pick up a variety of intestinal worms and will need regular worming. Check with a rabbit savvy vet or an experienced rabbit breeder for more information on medications.
Once your outside rabbit cages are set up, you need to find the best place for them. Don't put it somewhere the sun shines all day long. Rabbits overheat quickly on a hot day. They prefer a shady, protected spot. Take a close look around your property to find just the right spot where they can enjoy the morning warmth and the afternoon shade.
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