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Re: hutch flooring

Post Number:#16  Unread postby Shea » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:00 pm


This is giving me ideas. . . . It is the wrong time of year for me to be getting "ideas". I have too many half finished "ideas" as it is. :x

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Re: hutch flooring

Post Number:#17  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:50 pm


started the doors...

-- Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:06 am --

Been a while,
Wife had a hip replacement, so I have been confined to the house for a month-- she is moving around without my help for the most part now - so i have been working on my animal house again..
Doors...

-- Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:13 am --

more on doors

-- Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:50 pm --

a little more work
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Re: hutch flooring

Post Number:#18  Unread postby a7736100 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:40 pm


beautiful

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Re: hutch flooring

Post Number:#19  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:52 am


I need to discover some way to cover the extra holes in the metal framing that won't be too ugly - the holes are 1 1/2 inches wide so- they must be covered in the rabbit hutches,- young rabbits can get through those...
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Re: hutch flooring

Post Number:#20  Unread postby Marinea » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:57 am


Two questions for you Michael,

How are you handling light? And summer heat?

I have open, hanging wire cages under two ceiling fans and I still get warm rabbits during the summer. And I am not seeing a lot of light getting in there, unless I am missing something, which I likely am.
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Re: hutch flooring

Post Number:#21  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:09 pm


Marinea wrote:Two questions for you Michael,

How are you handling light? And summer heat?

I have open, hanging wire cages under two ceiling fans and I still get warm rabbits during the summer. And I am not seeing a lot of light getting in there, unless I am missing something, which I likely am.


heat they are on the shady side of the house-- light could be a problem-- don't know yet--
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Post Number:#22  Unread postby hotzcatz » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:25 pm


michaels4gardens wrote:.... animal cages ...
My theory on animal housing is.. build something as well as you know how, -build something as good for the livestock as practical, - build something that can be cleaned and serviced with minimum trouble.
I am building this particular design because the floor is easy on rabbits feet, it remains clean much longer than a "normal" floor would. Making life better for all of us by reducing labor and disease , and improving the comfort and longevity of the livestock.The doors will be almost as wide as the individual cage,[3 feet wide x 2 feet deep x 2 feet high] easy for me to access every corner without undo trouble. The rabbit sections will have a 8 inch wide shelf built into them at 13 inches off the floor ,this shelf gives the rabbits something to jump up on for exercise and gives the does a place to get away from the kits, who will chase them around the cage to exhaustion, [constantly wanting to nurse] . . The chickens are much more happy also- they are not bored, but always busy scratching through the litter on the bottom [sloped solid metal sheeting] floor, looking for some treat the rabbits have dropped. If the hens are bored, they pick on each other, and don't have nearly so long a productive life.
At one time I did experiments with different types of "housing" for rabbits and chickens to determine how exercise and additional cage space might affect productive longevity . Chickens in a small commercial cage typically lasted 2 years. Chickens in a cage with room to jump up on roosts, and a place to get below rabbits and scratch lasted about 6 years, Chickens who could go outside, eat what they wanted to, and run and scratch to their hearts content lasted 9 to 12 years and typically died of old age about the time they stopped laying.
Rabbits - does in a 30 x 24 commercial cage rebred at 5 weeks lasted 3 to 4 years. Does in a 36 L x 24 W x 36 high cage with 8 inch "resting boards" at 13 and 24 inches from the floor, rebred at 5 weeks lasted 6 to 8 years. Does in a outdoor colony lasted about 4 years ...
In both chickens and rabbits-- some genetic lines/ breeds are much more "long lived" than others...


This is great information. I've been suspecting most of my rabbit spaces need to be bigger so there's more room for the bunnies to get exercise. The females all cohabitate in a big run (3' x 12'), but the bucks have their own spaces, which need to be bigger, I think. Especially after reading your post. I think the bucks will all get ledges to jump up to or boxes to sit on top of, at least for starters until they get a bigger space.
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Re: hutch flooring

Post Number:#23  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:33 am


chickens are started

-- Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:32 am --

mostly complete
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Re: hutch flooring

Post Number:#24  Unread postby Zass » Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:41 pm


That's pretty fantastic craftsmanship, and looks like it will be quite comfortable for the animals, and quite easy to maintain. The big doors will be fantastic, for you and the rabbits.

I also love those built in hay feeders :love:

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Post Number:#25  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:20 am


Zass wrote:That's pretty fantastic craftsmanship, and looks like it will be quite comfortable for the animals, and quite easy to maintain. The big doors will be fantastic, for you and the rabbits.

I also love those built in hay feeders :love:


over the years- I have come to despise small doors...

-- Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:16 am --

about complete

-- Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:17 am --
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Post Number:#26  Unread postby Homer » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:21 am


michaels4gardens wrote:
over the years- I have come to despise small doors...


I can relate to that. Over the last year or two all of mine (stick built) have been converted to the entire front opening up. Nothing like trying to drag an 18 pound rabbit out a tiny door that doesn't want to come peacefully...

I see a fence charger in the last pictures, how about a shot of the fronts now. How did you stand off insulators and make it so you can open doors?
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Post Number:#27  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:10 am


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electric fence closeup, I added insulators on the rails above, below, and between the cage doors. - the wire is about an inch out from the metal framing

-- Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:08 am --

side view of electric fence

-- Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:10 am --

I hooked the ground lug of the charger directly to the metal cage- so when I tested it -by shorting a little piece of metal between the wire and the cage-- it looked a lot like a welding arc...
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Post Number:#28  Unread postby Homer » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:59 pm


Good idea. From the end view picture I thought it was running across the door fronts. :lol:
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