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Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by scotty 38, Nov 11, 2006.
Im looking for plan for rabbit cages any help is welcome
Thank you for the good sites
The only thing I'd do differently next time is make cages 48 x 24, not 36 x 30, they are too deep and hard to clean properly (read easily).
I put cage guards on the door openings and they work great.
Hilda, I totally agree with the 24 x 48 rather than the 30 x 36. I find I have trouble getting reluctant rabbits out of the cages at all, never mind cleaning them effectively. To do that I have to remove the rabbit and take the cage out. Good thing I have some extra cages. I'm forever shouting; "I need a TALL PERSON here!" whereupon my friend Brian and son David roll their eyes and flip a coin. At least I can imagine that's what they do.... LOL.
I just finished some last week, I have always used 24x36 for my commerical does and 24x24 for the bucks and juniors I'm keeping for stock. I tried the 30 wide but had the same problems with the reach they also seemed to sag more & I had more sore hocks, maybe from less support? Anyway my barn is old so some I need to fit the space I have, previously I used all 6' sections divided into 2 pens, these were easy for 1 person to take down & out if needed. This barn requires that I do 9 footers w/3 pens, doesn't add to the assembly much but they are much harder to handle for 1 (me ). If you have access to an air compressor you can purchase a cutoff toll for around $40 that will save you tons of time and carpal tunnel pain in the wrist. It takes a 3 inch wheel and I cut enough wire for 3 9' sections & only used 1/2 the wheel so it's econmical too.
Annie, can you tell me more about the cutoff tool? What does it look like? What does it use to cut?
But back to the subject at hand . . . I keep hearing that 30-inch cages are too deep. I'm five-foot-three, and they're not too deep for me, but I have a secret. It's the slant-front rabbit cage. Here's a link with pictures: http://www.qualitycage.com/rabbit.html. I hang them so that the slanted front hits me about where I bend, and I can very easily reach into the back of the cage for that tiny, young bunny or wilted comfrey leaf. I'm also above the rabbit, so it's theoretically harder for the rabbit to lunge at me. (Thankfully I haven't had any of that kind of rabbit yet!) I can hang feeders and water bottles on the front, and the sloped part makes a wonderful place to put fresh greens. I also made giant hay feeders (6" wide, 10" high, and 2" deep) and J-clipped them to the sloped part, one for each hole. But really, the best part is being able to reach any part of the cage without having to do that annoying "line the shoulder up with the hole and stre-e-e-e-tch" thing.
I don't think these would be much more difficult to make than the regular square cages. The slant-front cages won't stack, but if you've only got one level of cages, there's nothing better, IMHO.
Incidentally, Quality Cage makes a very nice product. I priced the materials at the feed store, and it cost me $14 more per cage, including shipping, to get them from Quality Cage. Unlike my other slant front cages, the Quality Cage has a diagonal support wire welded to the side of the slanted part. I thought that was a nice touch. The doors are also fully wrapped in a heavy gauge wire.
We have the 4" electric grinder also but it's not nearly as easy for me to use, it weighs at least 3 x more and my wrists are not strong enough to use it for very long. In my first barn the compressor was in a small side room so that took care of the noise. I agree that is annoying now. I've never had a problem with the hose though. Last week I was lucky, the hose is long so I worked outside of the garage so didn't have to hear it. The one I got was from Home Depot, Husky pneumatic cut off tool $39.95, go to the website & type in cut off tool, Tractor Supply has them also but I think they looked a little heavier. The one I used to have was more the size of the grinding tool but this one works very well. You may be able to find it cheaper mail order but of course I wanted it right then so didn't have time to shop around.
Laura, Thanks for posting this link. Very interestiing cage design. In my inexperience, I do have a question. Lifting full-grown rabbits out of a slanted cage, does it pose any problems? With the regular front-opening cage, I reach in and get one hand under the ears (shoulder, neck area) then get my other hand under their rumps and bring towards me. Is that how you'd do it in a slanted cage. I'm thinking the angle might be difficult to work with?
Thanks for posting the link..I also like the design very much, and would be willing to give the design a try..
Does anyone have any good sites on buying and raising rabbits??
Hilda, I am truly a novice rabbit handler, but I'm generally OK getting them in and out of these cages. I grab the scruff, with my hand over the ears, then reach in and put my other hand under their rump and lift them out. It's very easy to get a good solid support under their rump since I'm reaching down into the cage. Occasionally on the way out, one will start doing that raking thing with its back feet. Same thing going back in. Mostly, though, it's not an issue, and I think I can attribute most of the difficulties I do have to my own inexperience.
Annie, thanks for the info on the cutoff tool! I bought one last night on eBay.
You can look in the links section of this board for info. These are my favorite sites where I got useful info, some of them I'm sure are in the links section, too.
(good site about rabbit classification, diet etc).
http://ars.sdstate.edu/animaliss/rabbits.html humane care of meat rabbits
good site on basics including breeding & disease
general information including breeding form for does, milk replacement recipe nest box options
basic rabbitry management,
quick referral site breeding/sexing ( pics)
On buying rabbits, if I had to do it all over again, I would go with proven stock, might cost a wee bit more but, for a newbie, it's one less thing to worry about.
Thanks, Laura! That clears up my doubts.
Storeys Guide to Raising Rabbits
by Bob Bennett
Hey Laura, did you get a good buy? I usually check everything out there first but like I said this time I was in a hurry! I hope you like it as well as I do. I use the flat face of the disk against the sharp corners and door openings and such and it does a pretty good job. I don't usually have the plastic stuff you put over the cut door edges so this keeps my arms from getting ripped up. Good Luck!!
we just cut the wire half off and fold the ends back with needle nose pliers.
it works pretty well and cheaper than the plastic stuff.
Thanks for the sites hilda. I have looked at a couple of them but haven't really had much time to spend on it the last few days, but I am seriously thinking opf raiseing some rabbits and chickens also.
I promiss all, I will do a lot of studying and asking stupid questions, LOL, before hand.