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Build Rabbit Housing

You are ready to build housing for your rabbits, great! But are you planning to build a hutch, a cage, or a palace? There are a number of terms commonly used to refer to rabbit housing. They are all generally synonymous, but each has its own specific meaning. For example, “hutch” usually refers to a wooden or wood-and-wire structure that provides security and shelter outdoors, and “hole” is a term used by breeders to simply indicate any enclosure that can house one rabbit, often used to ask, “How many holes does your rabbitry have?” Here are some tips on building rabbit housing of various forms.

How to Build a Rabbit Cage

Almost any bunny dwelling can be considered a cage, but the term is generally used to describe an enclosure that is all or partially wire. Rabbit breeders value all-wire cages because they are compact, sanitary, and safe. These cages are made of 14 or 16 gauge galvanized wire. The wire can be galvanized before or after welding, but weaker wire such as poultry netting is not suitable for rabbit housing. The sides and top of the cage should be of 1×2” mesh and the floor of the cage should be 1/2×1” mesh.

To build an all-wire rabbit cage, start with a roll of galvanized wire and cut the sides and top of the cage. The lengths you cut will depend on the size of the cage you plan to make. Most rabbit cages are 14-16 inches high and 24 inches deep. An 18×24” cage is suitable for a single rabbit of a small or medium breed. Larger rabbits should have 24×24” cages. Mothers with litters should have cages that are 30×24” or larger, depending on the size of the rabbit breed. After you cut the sides and top of the cage, attach them to each other and to the cage floor by using J-clips or C-rings. You will need special pliers to use these metal clips, but they are by far the best methods of constructing wire cages. Cut a hole in the front of the cage for a door, and then cut the cage door out of another piece of wire. You can twist a wire spring to use as a door latch. Consider buying some plastic lining from a cage supplier to go around the doorway and cover the wire’s rough edges.

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How to Build a Rabbit Hutch

Once you have a sturdy wire cage, you may want to place it in a wooden hutch outside. A hutch offers shelter from the elements and keeps your rabbit above the ground and safe from predators. To build this type of rabbit housing, you will need 2×4 lumber, plywood or OSB, and metal L-brackets, besides of course screws and nails. Build a wooden frame that is slightly larger than your cage, then attach L-brackets to the inside of the frame to allow the cage to slide in and rest on the brackets. Cover the sides and roof of the hutch with plywood or OSB, and consider shingling the roof and covering the sides with vinyl to prevent moisture damage. A rabbit hutch should keep the bottom of the cage at least three feet above the ground to protect the rabbits inside from predators.

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Making it Fancy

Pet owners often prefer the terms “palace,” “mansion,” or “hideaway” to describe the spacious and sophisticated dwellings they offer their bunnies. Most bunnies do not require elaborate housing; some will not even use more than a corner of the cage no matter how big a home you give them. However, many bunnies enjoy some extra space to play in their cages. An internet search on “house rabbit condo” will give you lots of ideas on how to build a fancy rabbit cage with multiple levels or play areas. Many pet owners make “NIC” cages for their rabbits, constructed out of plastic shelving units known as “Neat Idea Cubes,” with great success.

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