The cage for rabbits or, as professional rabbit breeders express it, the shed (from the English word shed – barn) should be spacious and comfortable. Choosing a good cage is not as easy as it sounds. The success of their breeding depends on the conditions in which the animals live. Rabbits are animals that have a fairly weak immunity. If these rodents are kept in inappropriate conditions, they often get sick and may even die, so the correct cage is the key to success.
Industrial cages for rabbits are both imported and domestic production. In order to make a choice, you need to know what kind of housing for these animals are. Types of rabbits for rabbits are different, for example:
- for content on the street. They should be warm;
- for keeping animals indoors, for example, in a shed or in a garage. They should fit well with the size of the room;
- summer houses for animals with a fenced paddock;
- so-called "queen mothers", intended for the rabbit and her offspring after the root.
Cages for young rabbits should be as spacious as possible as babies grow quickly. If the young are kept in cramped, the animals will be more sick and worse weight gain.
As a rule, industrial production houses are distinguished by convenience and ergonomics, and their layout depends on the number of animals it is designed for. If the livestock is small, You can choose a "house" consisting of several "apartments", each of which is intended for one adult rabbit.
Adult rabbits are best kept in isolation, because animals often show aggression towards each other, especially during the period of sexual activity. But the young, on the contrary, it is better to keep “heap”, especially if the air temperature is low in the room or outside. When the rabbits are in the same cage, they warm each other and do not suffer from hypothermia.
Gallery: industrial cages for rabbits (25 photos)
Criterias of choice
- reliability and strength of the structure;
- the quality of the material from which the housing is made. The material must be non-toxic, since rabbits are very susceptible to harmful substances;
- quality of ventilation. The cage must be well ventilated. But, on the other hand, there should not be drafts, as animals can get sick from the slightest blow of the wind;
- reliability of the lock and the grid (rods). It should be designed in such a way that mice and rats cannot get into it. Also the house should be locked. Foreign manufacturers often produce sheds for rabbits with a combination lock; this is a great way to protect rabbits from "uninvited guests."
Which cell is better to refuse
It is not recommended to grow rabbits in cages intended for chinchillas, nutria, and other rodents, as the houses for factory-made rabbits are focused on these animals, their physiological and anatomical features. And correspondingly, you should not put other rodents into rabbit sheds. If the farmer chose a modular design consisting of individual cells, each rabbit must have its own “apartment”, and animals cannot be changed in places. The rabbit does not want to live where his kinsman was already, because of the odor.
When selecting cells for group housing of young animals, it should be borne in mind that animals at an early age grow very quickly, move actively, and need a certain amount of space. In this regard, the cell should be large enough in area.
When buying a shed, special attention should be paid to the reliability of the roof and the overlap between the tiers (in the case that it is a modular multistage structure).
Peculiarities of keeping rabbits
Keep animals in the factory cells is very convenient. This is an indispensable thing in a large farm. In order for rabbits to be comfortable in such a home, the following should be kept in mind:
- all animals should have easy access to food and water;
- should be cleaned daily, because uncleaned litter can be a source of dangerous infections;
- portable cages for rabbits in the spring and summer, it is desirable to bring to the fresh air;
- if the cage is standing indoors (for example, in a garage), this room must be periodically aired, as stale air adversely affects the health of animals. At the same time it is necessary to avoid drafts.
It is necessary to monitor the humidity of the air in the room where the shed is located. If the humidity is high, rabbits may die from diseases of the upper and lower respiratory tract. If the air is very dry, the animals eat worse, become sluggish and passive, poorly gaining weight. If the dwelling has a modular design, the modules must be isolated from each other, and the material of the partitions must be such that animals cannot gnaw through it or break through with claws. The same applies to the overlap between the “floors” of multi-storey dwellings.
Animals in a cage should have fresh water and food daily. Leftovers need to be cleaned in a timely manner, as eating stale feed can lead to a massive loss. If the cage is indoors, in the winter you should turn on the heater. It should be especially careful to monitor the humidity of the air, since from most heaters the air becomes very dry, and animals immediately feel it.
The floor in the cells is recommended to provide soft bedding so that animals feel as comfortable as possible. Hay or grass is good for bedding. It is not recommended to use for bedding inedible material that animals may nibble or eat by mistake.
Making a cage with your own hands
Cell drawings for street rabbits can be downloaded from the Internet or found in specialized livestock literature. The size of an improvised animal dwelling depends on the number of livestock in a particular farm. Make this shed with your own hands from scrap materials. The easiest way to make shed modular design. This type of housing is a multi-tiered cage consisting of separate modules of the same size.
Experienced livestock breeders who are familiar with the basics of building premises for animals can make the drawings themselves. The simplest design consists of several cells-cells separated from each other by vertical partitions. Such a design can have one tier (if the livestock is small) or several tiers.
In order for rabbits to see well what is happening on the street or indoors and not suffer from a lack of lighting, it is best to close such modules with a net-work. The cells should be small enough so that the animals could not accidentally push their paw through them, and that small rodents would not creep into the cage.
It is best to place the trough and the feeder in the corner so that the breeder does not accidentally knock them over when he opens the cage to inspect the animals. If the construction is single-tier, best to make a flip top. In this case, it will be possible to pull the rabbits out of the house above the ears, which is very convenient. You can make a hole in the roof that resembles a hatch, or you can simply make the roof moveable, both options are good.
For the summer maintenance of small breeds of rabbits (including decorative ones), wooden houses with a ladder and a territory enclosed by a netting grid and intended for walking animals in warm weather are ideal. The steps should not be too steep and high, but you can do without them by providing the house with an easy-opening door. Then the rodent without any problems will be able to go for a walk in warm weather, and then independently get back to their home. Such a home should be very durable.
A farmer who makes a house for rabbits should know for sure: it is strictly forbidden to use asbestos as a heater and insulator, because it releases toxic substances. Rabbits have a very weak and sensitive respiratory system, so this will not lead to anything good.
Home for rodents should be comfortable and safe. Then the rabbits will delight valuable fur and easily digestible meat.