Among various domestic animals, a special place is occupied by rabbits. Their content is quite profitable: the owner receives meat and fur, while giving up quite a bit. For a good profit with rabbits will need to comply with certain standards of content. And although much depends on nutrition and care, but first you need to think about the cells.
If for cows, chickens or goats it is enough to have a simple barn, then for rabbits it is worth taking care of special conditions. The optimal solution on the issue of price – quality – make a cage for rabbits do it yourself. This is not only cheaper, so you can take into account all the features of the breed and location. What material is suitable for this and what moments are worth considering, let’s talk about this in the article and present some photos and drawings of some cages for rabbits.
Where to place the cells
When choosing a breeding site for domestic rabbits and placing their cages, it is important to avoid wind and draft.
But it does not matter whether the cell is on the street or in the room.
In addition to weather conditions, the number and size of the cage for rabbits is taken into account.
With normal dilution, one cell will not be enough. It will take room for pregnant rabbits, their babies and males, and this is a whole residential complex.
Dimensions – the size of the finished rabbit cages depends largely on the breed of pets, but there are minimum values, which are calculated on the basis of the data given in the table.
For rabbits of the main herd
Group cages for keeping rabbits in sheds (sheds)
Cages individual for the maintenance of rabbits in sheds (sheds)
The height of the cages for both domestic rabbits and for rabbits kept on industrial rabbits is not less than 45 centimeters.
The size of the rabbit nest-box: length – 50 cm., Width – 36 cm., Height 30-4 cm.
In the manufacture of cages for the maintenance of rabbits, a galvanized metal mesh is used, the cell size of which is 24×24-50 mm, and the floor – 16×48 mm.
Farmers can take care of not only the housing of the wards, but also a place for walking.
Photo of wooden cages for growing rabbits
Materials for cells
By the choice of material, as well as in place, you need to be treated with attention. Usually try not to use metal parts in the construction of cells. The frame and cage supports can be assembled from wooden parts. The choice of wall material is more diverse, you can apply a board, plywood or mesh. The final option will depend on the climatic zone and the location of the cells.
Some tips on choosing and preparing the material:
- Rabbit cell size should be small;
- For fixing the grid, you can use wooden or plastic slats;
- It is important to take care of the safety of the animals inside the cage. All wooden parts are processed for this.
Making rabbit cage and its size
The optimal size of the cage – housing for adults is 1500x700x700 mm. If you make the floor of the grid or wooden slats, then the care of rabbits will be more convenient. The waste products will be automatically removed from the cells. Outdoor version is assembled with a two-level floor, where the lower layer is made of boards.
The roof for the rabbit cage is made from the same material as the wall. But if you plan to keep outside, then you need to take care of protection from precipitation. You can cover with slate or other similar non-metallic material. If the roof is made of metal, then in sunny weather it will heat up and it will become very hot inside.
Finished cages are advised to be placed a short distance from the floor or the ground. This will provide protection from rodents and make home care for rabbits convenient. Rabbit feeding equipment should not be contaminated. Some have resolved this issue by making pull-out or overhead feeders.
A little more about the size of the rabbit. The front wall of the cage should be about 10-15 cm above the back. The entire area of the finished home is divided into several sections, which are interconnected by small manholes. A hinged lid will help bring a bit of care.
It is worth mentioning once more that the size of the cage for rabbits depends largely on the breed, the number and place of detention. But there are general recommendations for any cell type:
- The section in which the maintenance of males is planned should be quite large. This will allow the animals to move freely and not become lazy, otherwise they will be unable to give birth.
- For rabbit allocate a separate spacious cage. Up to four pieces can be placed in this section. It is important to take into account – at first the rabbits are kept near the mother for fattening.
- Make one free cage in which it will be possible to fatten baby rabbits. Some babies do not gain enough weight in time spent with their mother.
- Laz in the nesting compartment should be raised by about ten centimeters. In order not to be bitten, you can beat the edges with steel. But do it carefully, leaving no chipping.
- The front wall should be equipped with two doors – one for the main compartment, the second for the nest. And if the first option can be netted, then the latter is necessarily continuous.
- Street cages for domestic rabbits can be provided with a manhole for walking. To do this, in the rear walls make a hole in a special pen, enclosed by a grid. This will make it possible to frolic rabbits and enjoy fresh grass.
Making a cage for rabbits with your own hands is not so difficult. If we apply the tips written above, then we can hope for a good profit growth and convenient care for the animals.
Drawings and photos of cells for rabbits
Photo of a wooden cage for growing rabbits on a home plot with an indication of sizes
Cage for three adult rabbits (for home keeping). It consists of two levels. The lower level has double doors that open wide to provide easy access to the cage. The upper level consists of two separate compartments connected by an entrance. One of the compartments of the cage is designed for sleeping rabbits. Another compartment is covered with a net, and this area can also be opened for easy access (great for cleaning the cage and for grooming and feeding rabbits). The design of this cage is quite simple, and it can be made independently for keeping rabbits in the garden.
In the photo are rabbit cages made of wood and metal mesh.
Photo of cells with walking for rabbits
Cell drawings for rabbits and their young
Drawing of adobe cage (1), wattle-clay cage (2), combined cage with a walk for keeping rabbits (3), cages from a box (4)
Cell drawings for home rabbits
Industrial cages for keeping and growing rabbits
Photo of one and two-tier cages for twelve rabbits with litter (sizes 2.3 x 2.05 m)
In the photo, one and two-story cages for fattening rabbit meat breeds (up to 144 heads)
Rabbit Cage Video Tutorials
Video about making a rabbit cage do it yourself: