Making Rabbit Cages

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Preparing to rear rabbits will involve getting a place where the rabbits can take shelter. You can either buy commercially available cages or construct one on your own. Rabbit Expert provide rabbits with a safe place away from predators. Buying ready-made cages can be quite expensive. Therefore, to save money you can build a rabbit cage on your own.

Most domesticated pets are kept in wire cages. This is because wire cages provide excellent air flow and ease of cleaning. But the fear with most people is the wire being uncomfortable for the pets. This should be the case since pets such as rabbits have thick fur under their feet which protect them from the wire and thorns.

Making wire cages will require careful selection materials. According to your budget, buy the best wire that you can. It is recommended that you use 14 gauge galvanized wire. This wire can either be galvanized before welding or be galvanized after welding. If it will be possible you can use a welding wire. This wire can last the longest compared to the others. Vinyl coated wire should be avoided. This is because rabbits tend to chew the vinyl resulting in rough spots that can make the cage hard to clean especially when they catch fur and rabbits’ droppings and urine.

The grid pattern of the floor wire should be of ½ inch by 1 inch. This space I large enough for the droppings to slip through the cage and still offer sufficient support for the rabbit’s feet. The walls should have 1 inch by 2-inch wire patterns. This will keep your rabbits safe from predators while leaving enough space for feeders and water bottles. However, it would be better to have this wire spacing on the cage wall is smaller at the bottom compared to those higher on the wall.

Ensure you have the necessary tools before you start assembling the cage. A wire cutter is required because cutting the wires by hands can be difficult. The wire should be cut in right lengths such thus the edges rests on a horizontal wire to enable hooking on the next piece. Clipping such as J clips or hog rings can be used to join the walls and the floor together. For the place of a door, you can buy a latch from rabbit house suppliers or you can make one. The door will be hinged using clips and should be slightly larger than the opening it will cover. This will ensure that your rabbits are secure. The cage should also have handles that will assist in lifting from one location to another.

Always do regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure your rabbit are safe and comfortable.

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