Breeding and keeping pets implies a greater degree of responsibility of the breeder and requires strict adherence to certain rules. One of the most important is the creation of acceptable living conditions for the animal. They should be close to nature.
Rabbits have a high degree of resistance to various diseases. They are unpretentious to food and conditions of detention, easily reproduce. But despite all this, animals need a properly organized dwelling.
By building a house for pets must be approached correctly. This takes into account the number of animals, their sex composition and age.
What do you need for rabbit breeding?
To do the breeding of rabbits at home, special cash costs are not required. It is necessary to have cages for animals, drinkers, containers for food. All this is easy to do with your own hands.
Hay and twigs can be made in the summer. Root vegetables and vegetables are easy to collect in their own garden. The main item of expenditure will be the vaccination of animals and the purchase of concentrated feed.
Recommended Rabbit Cages
In each cage, same-sex animals of approximately the same age, mass and character should be placed. It is recommended to place adult animals and females with baby rabbits in one- and two-section cages.
The sizes of rabbit cells have standard indicators:
- length. 100-120 cm;
- height. 50 cm;
- width. 70 cm
For young rabbits fit wooden cages, covered with steel mesh. Their sizes correspond to the sizes of animals. For example, for 10 individuals, a cage with the same dimensions as mentioned above will become acceptable, but its length should be 170 cm.
How to build a single tier cell?
Many are interested in how to make a rabbit cage with their own hands. Of course, with the right materials, it’s not that difficult. The article presents drawings of rabbit cells. It also provides recommendations on the choice of materials for work.
For keeping rabbits outside in the cage system, double single-tier rabbit cells are most popular.
The length of such cells is 220-240 cm, and the width is 65 cm. The height of the wall is in front. 35 cm. The roof should be with one slope, equipped with a visor jutting forward 20 cm, and on the sides 10 cm.
In the cage are built two compartments for food. The floor is made of metal mesh. The size of the cells must be equal to 18×18 mm or 16×48 mm. On the grid should impose a wooden slats, the width of which is 2 cm, and the connector between them is 1.5-1.8 cm.
Rabbit cages with their own hands with the correct design should have a partition with a manhole, the width of which is 17 cm, and its height. 20 cm. It should be located between the nesting and the feed compartment in order to prevent the penetration of the rabbits from the nest to the aft compartment. Laz is constructed at a height of 10-15 cm from the floor.
From the front side, two mesh doors are hung on the cage, which lead to the feeding section, as well as two solid doors from the boards leading to the nest compartment. On the door leading to the stern, it is necessary to hang the trough with a removable design and drinkers.
A nursery is set up for feeding with roughage between branches. The basis of them are two frames of wood, on which the grid is stretched. The mesh size should be 20×50 mm. The lower ends of the frames are combined, and the upper parts are moved apart to the sides of the feed compartment. The result is a V-shaped nursery for roughage.
What materials will be needed?
For the construction of a single-tier cage on two individuals, the performer will need:
- Plywood area of 2 m 2.
- Grid of metal with a mesh size of 18×18 mm or welded mesh 16×48 mm (1.3 m 2).
- Grid with cells 35×35 cm or 24×48 cm (0.6 m 2).
Making bunk cells
The cost of building a two-tier animal cage is not so high. This is because the design is simple. In addition, cash costs will pay off in the first months of use.
What materials will be needed?
For the manufacture of cells with two tiers you will need:
- Two wood fiber plates.
- Bars size 60×100 mm (4 pcs.).
- Picket pins (50 pcs.).
- Roofing material 4×2 m in size for the construction of a pallet.
What equipment is required?
- Two deep bowls covered with enamel (their diameter should be 220 mm).
- Manure collection tank (approximately 300 mm high).
- A pair of electric immersion heaters VPI-03 (used for domestic purposes, immersed in water).
- Transformers for lowering 220×127 V (4 pieces per 8 cells).
- Five liter polyethylene canisters (4 pieces).
Rabbit cages must be arranged according to how the light will fall. The deaf closed wall, where the creche boxes and feeders are located, must face north. It protects animals from winds and cold.
The roof is constructed taking into account that it hangs from the north by 90 cm, and from the south by 60 cm. From the west and east, the roof should be on a par with protruding beams.
Rabbit bunk cells contain a stand-frame, the lower and upper tier. You can build a roof of the roof. As a rule, use a transparent or translucent material. It is possible to use ruberoid.
The tier above is an otsadnik, that is, it will serve as a place for growing rabbits after the end of feeding on mother’s milk. This room is made from different cells. One of them should be larger than the frame.
The breeder is divided into two parts by means of a feeder for feed, which has exits on both sides. Also here is a common canister drinking bowl. Each compartment should be equipped with a folding feeder for animal feed, nurseries for fresh and dry grass. They have the appearance of an opening door. The door adjoins to the autosoldering system.
The floor at the tier is horizontal. Its basis can be made of wooden slats, which are arranged at an angle of 45º, so that little rabbits could not injure their paws. All walls and doors of the cage are made of lattice. The exception is the north side.
Below is the uterine tier. It consists of two compartments: nesting and walking. It can also include the same components that are present in the upper tier.
The compartment for the nest has a removable floor. It is located below the rest of the longline area. In this compartment will be placed mother liquor. Before the rabbit brings the babies, she instinctively sneaks into it herself.
The rest of the nest should be stationary. It is supplied with a wall with a manhole, overlapping gate. It is better to equip the door to the nest with hinges from below, so that in the open state it serves as a platform for the animal.
Vigilance compartment provide floor of the rails, arranged perpendicularly. This provides rigidity. In the area for walking there is a canister drinker, a folding feeder and a bunker feeder for animal feed. The entrance door is hung on the rack of the rear part of the walk. For the auto drinker the door must also be installed.
In the floor of the booster compartment there is a window under the end of the conical shaft, fastened under the floor of the upper tier. Pitched mine communicates with the bunker, equipped with a removable door and a container for manure. Thus, rabbit cages will be cleaned by special doors, which will also make available feed tanks. The tanks themselves are located under the inclined grids of the feeders.
At the bottom of the cell frame is a compartment of electrical equipment. At the same time, this place serves as an outhouse for rabbits. It should be locked. For convenient loading of feeders it is necessary to build it folding out.
The design of the feeder for feed has a housing with windows for rabbits, as well as a pallet. It is constructed from a grid with small cells.
All folding components must be equipped with handles, hinges and latches, as well as, if necessary, and mortise locks.
The side and front walls are tightened by means of a fine mesh, the working side can be closed with a mesh with large cells.
Mini-farm of bunk cells
For the construction of a small farm on the basis of bunk cells do not need a lot of space. One cell occupies 1.4 m 2. If you build a two-row farm and use eight cells with an opening of 70 cm between them (measured on the legs) and a 110 cm passage, the area of the farm will be 25 m 2.
Each cage simultaneously contains up to 25 rabbits. In the lower part there will be a rabbit with a new offspring, and at the top – the previous offspring.
Over the years, cells from two tiers have been used on experimental farms and have shown their high profitability and profitability. So their use is recommended for all farmers.
Making a family unit – cells of three sections
Making rabbit cages with their own hands of this design is a more difficult task. But such family blocks are very convenient for the reproduction of animals. In the central part of the male lives, and on the sides are rabbit.
Partitions made of wood between the cell compartments are equipped with manholes with plywood latches. They are intended for easy replanting of females to the male and returning them back to their ward.
What materials does the cage build from?
The basis of the frame can make bars. The walls on the sides, the compartment for the nest with doors and partitions are made of clapboard.
For the front wall using a grid of metal. In the nesting compartments, an attic part is provided – this is the free space between the ceiling and the common roof, where the female rabbits can rest.
An additional convenience is that the location of the feeders and drinkers is thought out in such a way that they are not susceptible to contamination and can be filled from the outside.
Rabbit cages by design breeder N. I. Zolotukhina
The famous rabbit breeder N. I. Zolotukhin has been breeding these lovely animals for several decades. Such a wealth of experience helped him design a new rabbit cage.
Features breeder cells
- The floor is solid. Its basis is slate or board.
- There are no pallets in the cages.
- A narrow strip of the floor of the grid is located only along the rear walls of the structure.
- The rear walls are installed with a slope so that the rabbits’ waste from the tiers located at the top does not fall on the rabbits in the lower tiers.
- There are no special queen cells. The little rabbit builds her own nest before birth.
- On the doors are mounted feed troughs for grain, turned over to fill.
The rabbit map is presented below.
How to make a cage for rabbits dwarf breed with your own hands?
The construction consists of two walls on the sides, the size of which is 70×70 cm. The back wall is fastened in such a way that a clearance is obtained under the cage. The height of the rear wall is 55 cm, length. 100 cm
At the bottom of the cage nailed meter rails. Over them the grid from metal is fixed.
The cover of the cage is made of mesh on the hinges. It is equipped with a pen. A pallet is installed under the cage.
How to choose a grid?
In the manufacture of rabbitks, of course, need a grid. In order for the manufacturer to better understand what choice of grid will be optimal, we advise you to use a number of tips.
Many people ask: is galvanized mesh suitable, material made of steel or aluminum? It is better to opt for a steel structure, as it is durable.
To make a cage made of wood with mesh doors and a floor, you should choose the mesh carefully so that it does not injure the paws of animals. Experienced breeders advise using it with small cells. The material is made of metal. The thickness of the grid is 2 mm, and the size of the cells is 16×48 mm. For the construction of the side walls of the cage suitable galvanized mesh.
For the construction of the door using any type of grid. It does not have to be welded. Allowed to use and wicker.
In the warm season, animals can be kept in an enclosure enclosed with a net. A wicker construction with a thickness of 1.2 mm is suitable for it.