For keeping rabbits can be done rabbit cages in the yard at the wall of the barn or in the barn at a height of 70-80 cm from the ground. Usually they are installed on the posts. Cages are made of tesa, construction waste, slab, etc. For adult animals, the length of the cage is 110-130 cm, width – 65 cm, height of the front wall – 70 cm, back – 55 cm. The cell is separated by a partition with a manhole (20 × 20 cm), forming a breeding and aft compartments. In the nesting compartment, the female brings rabbits and feeds them milk for the first days. In this department it is necessary to make a floor from a tesa.
In the aft compartment, the animals "eat". The floor here must be mesh or slatted. The walls and roof are dense, without cracks. The floor area of a single cell is 0.5–0.7 m2. Boards for it should be well otgrugany and laid with a slight bias to the front side. Along the entire length, a gap up to 2 cm wide is left for drainage.
For hay and grass set nursery – one to two cells. From the sides they are tightened with a mesh, the cell size of which is 4 × 4 cm. The manger serves at the same time as a partition between the cells.
The roof of the cage is shed with a slope to the rear wall. To protect against rain and sun from the front side arrange visor. In a cage at a height of 15–20 cm from the floor, a shelf is made for the uterus feeding the rabbits.
Young animals after jigging are kept in group cages of 10–15 heads. The cage is a wooden frame, the back and side walls are wooden, and the front wall and the floor are mesh, the roof is wooden. The size of the cells can be different, but usually their width is 1 m, length is 2.5-3 m, the height of the front wall is 70 cm, and the back is 40 cm. The doors are mesh. The manger is mounted along the front wall. In winter, they put a litter, which is changed in 3-5 days. The front wall is warmed with straw mats.
Rabbit Cages and Cages
Rabbits are kept in cages, from which they can be transplanted in summer to grass cages. In areas with mild climates, rabbit cages are usually placed in the open air. Under colder climatic conditions, cells are installed in an outhouse.
Serial cells for rabbits: single-section (a) and two-section (b): 1 – nursery for hay and grass; 2 – door; 3 – collector pipe; 4 – bunker trough; 5 – hose; 6 – automatic drinking; 7 – pallet; 8 – sections
First, we briefly describe some cages for industrial-made rabbits, which are installed only in rooms or under sheds. The cage (fig. A) is a net walk for young stock, equipped with a manger for hay and grass. The two-section KSK cell (Fig. B) is designed for fattening of 12 rabbits and is available in four versions: KSK-1 – with a collector pipe, auto-drinkers, feeding troughs and a pallet; KSK-2 – without collector pipe and auto-dispenser; KSK-3 – without collector pipe, auto-drinkers and feeders; KSK-4 – without a pallet.
Homemade cages for rabbits they make from scrap materials: boards from old boxes, slab, adobe, construction waste, wire mesh, plywood, which, by the way, rabbits do not gnaw. Cages for external keeping of rabbits (in the pic. Below) are made with an inclined roof, which reliably protects animals from precipitation. To do this, the back wall of the cage should be 10-20 cm below the front, and the roof should protrude 30 cm from the front above the wall, 15 cm on the sides and back. If rabbits are kept in sheds, then the roof above the cage is not installed, but the cage is usually made of wire mesh and only the maternity ward or plug-in nest is made of wood.
Individually contain males and females with offspring to jigging of young stock.
Rabbit cages with litter (nursing females) are usually made paired to accommodate two females with baby rabbits (Fig. a).
Homemade cages for rabbits:
a – into two suckling bunnies with a constant nesting compartment: 1 – feeding; 2 and 6 – doors of the aft and nesting compartments; 3 – partition; 4 – manhole; 5 – nest compartment;
b – for young animals, without walking; 1 – door; 2 – feeding; in – for the young, with walking; 1 – feeding; 2 – the wooden part of the cell; 3 – manhole; 4 – metal frame
Each of the two individual parts of the cage must have a temporary or permanent nest compartment. In the latter case, the nesting compartment 40–45 cm wide is separated from the aft by a continuous partition with a manhole size of 20 × 20 cm. The partition may not reach the ceiling, and it is better to make an insert: if necessary, it is removed and the cage is used to hold the baby crib. For better isolation of the nesting and aft compartments, a shield is hinged on the manhole, which does not prevent the animals from moving from one compartment to another. If for some reason the breeding compartment is not fenced off from the fodder compartment, the mother liquor is placed in the cage. For the rest of the nursing uterus in the nesting compartment, a shelf is 25-30 cm wide at a height of 27-30 cm from the floor
Leafed youngsters can be kept in the cells in which they went around, up to 2.5 months of age. To do this, remove the partition between the aft and nesting compartments or the mother liquor and take the rabbit mat. Later, the rabbit must be transplanted into a cage, which is shown in Fig. b, or in a cage with runs (open-air cages) for young (Fig. c).