When it comes to ways to house your rabbits there are many different cage and hutch styles to choose from. The correct cage type really depends on what your goal is. Below are a few things to keep in mind when considering housing rabbits:
- Any housing must be easy to keep clean of feces and urine.
- Rabbits will chew on almost anything.
- Rabbit housing must be well ventilated.
For the reasons listed above I prefer all wire cages. They are almost self cleaning (droppings and urine pass through the wire floor unlike wooden hutches that soak up urine), provide excellent ventilation and will not be chewed up like wood or plastic framed cages.
Wire cages can be purchased from several online suppliers and if you only need one or two cages this may be the way to go. I will caution you that cages purchased from farm stores tend to be cheaply made and don’t hold up well. Luckily, building cages from wire is fairly simple and can be very cost effective if you are building several cages. There are only a few supplies that are needed:
- Galvanized cage wire.
- Make sure it is galvanized after welded cage wire. Not hardware cloth (hardware cloth will not hold the weight and will not protect from predators)
- 1/2″ by 1″ will be needed for the floor (to prevent soar hocks). This wire is also used to prevent babies from falling out of the cage walls.
- The same wire used for the floor can be used for the sides but 1″ by 2″ wire is generally cheaper. (I try to find it in 18 inch tall by 25 or 50 feet)
- J-Clips (used for clamping the wire together)
- J-Clip Pliers (don’t get a cheap pair or you will regret it)
- Sturdy wire cutters.
Since I find it easier to show than tell, I made a short video showing the process from start to finish. I hope you find it useful. As always feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer them.