Cage Size

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  1. AprilW

    AprilW OlivYew Farm

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    What is an appropriate cage and carrier size for a French Lop? How much do the adults generally weigh? I checked the ARBA site, but no max weight is listed.
     
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    If no max wieght is listed....dose that not mean that they can weigh alot? Can never be to big?

    I would say, the cage should be enough for the rabbit to jump around a bit...

    Carrier...it should be confined...cant really move, or turn around much.
     

  3. AprilW

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    Well yes I realize they need room to move, that's why I asked their average size so I know the appropriate size cage.
     
  4. o&itw

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    Mine were 30" x 40". I don't think you would want anything smaller. (for does)
    A doe, plus 8 to 10 4-week-old kits will pretty much fill it up (I often had 12 or 13) If you make them that size, you will need one of those 1/4" floor strengthening rods at the 20" mark. (from front to back)

    I am at work, or I would measure my carrying cages for you. If no one has rexponded, I will do so tonight.
     
  5. AprilW

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    Oh my goodness! I knew they were big rabbits, but not that big. My cages are 24x36", Frenchies won't work. I'll choose between my list of second choices...Rex, Harlies, Dutch, Mini Lops, or Palomino. lol I like too many breeds and even choosing meat rabbits is difficult for me.
     
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    That size cage would be large enough for most rabbits, I think. French Lops, though, approach the size of giants. If you like Lops, Mini Lops are very nice rabbits, come in a bunch of colors, are easy to find, sell good as pets (I would expect), and are plenty large enough to make supper with.
     
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    I raise frenchies. I use 24 by 30's for the bucks and unbred does. They are fine in them. They are lazy rabbits :) Now for does with babies, I use a 24 by 30 on the outside of the building and a hole cut in the building on one side of the cage leading to the indoor compartment of 24 by 24...and that is divided in half by a partial divider so there is now a nest box area of 12 by 24. That is lots of room and mom can get away from babies.

    Weight...my does are usually around 12 -13 lbs. Bucks are usually about 11 lbs. or so.
     
  8. AprilW

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    Thank you for the information o&itw and Willowynd. I really think French Lops are going to be too large. Something smaller would be better for the equipment I already have. Mini Lops are one of my considerations.

    Whichever rabbits I end up with will be for meat, pets, and showing.
     
  9. o&itw

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    My daughter kept minilops for a numnber of years. She did very well showing them, her best not kept as replacements sold for good money to breeding stock to others (she had a waiting list) those not up to the standard of show breeding stock, were great for dinner (tender too), even though she often kept them several months to see how they developed.

    At first, she was getting stock from several different people, and they were always friendly rabbits... she kept several as pets, including one that lived in the house and was potty trained to a litter box. (The only problem we ever had was that it loved to chew on lamp cords)

    Other breeds may be just as good for a multiple use rabbit... of the 4 or 5 breeds we kept, they were the best.
     
  10. snowman

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    Not trying to hi-jack the post...Considering the post what is the average size of pen?

    I'm in the planning stages of setting up side of a production meat setup...What's the average size of pen used?