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Rabbitry pics… almost done!

Naturally, before starting a project like this, it is necessary to check your local laws on keeping animals and building structures.  Where we are, a structure of less than 100 square feet with no floor does not require a permit, and rabbits are not explicitly mentioned.  Dogs, cats, goats, chickens, snakes, and all kinds of other things are, but not rabbits.  Since we are keeping only four rabbits permanently, our setup should be no problem.  We are endeavoring to make it blend in with the house as well as possible, and to make it look nice.

Most everything is done but the roof, now.  Hopefully, we’ll get it roofed tomorrow.  Nevermind the heat advisory…

Rabbitry basic structure. The space in the upper row is for a small extra cage I have that is currently occupied. In the future, it will be a segregation cage.

Cages are suspended from the corners at an angle.  The chain is held by heavy wire staples.

Cages are suspended from the corners at an angle. The chain is held by heavy wire staples.

Bracing and supports for poop chutes added, and upper chutes added. They drop five inches from back to front.

Bottom poop chutes installed, as well as gutters. The gutters drop three inches from ends to center. Doing them like this instead of from one end to the other allows for a greater incline. Dropping 3" over 12 feet is a gentler slope than dropping 3" over 6 feet. A light rinsing daily should keep them from blocking up. They will drain into a pan of peat moss.

Rabbitry moved into place, and screen surround started at left. This structure is being built on the back side of an outdoor storage room, so coming across the window isn't a problem. Light will still come in through the window.

Screen surround finished. The surround is built of the old window screens that used to be on the house. They need painting, but we'll get to that later. When it's COOLER! Oh, and that's a fig tree at right.

A view from the other side, through the crepe myrtle tree, with another very small fig tree at left. You might notice a square of lattice at the back of the surround. That is to protect the old screen from the aspidistra right beside it. Unfortunately, you can't see much of the aspidistra in this picture, since it is being blocked by the fig tree. It is under the ligustrum shrub.

As you can see, Hershey, the young red rabbit in the middle, is anxious to move into the new rabbitry, where he won't be squashed by his mother any longer.


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8 Responses to “Rabbitry pics… almost done!”

  1. ladysown says:

    looks good, what will you do to keep spray and pee off the outside of your house? I used plastic (vapour barrier) on mine. :)

    • Miss M says:

      Thank you! The way the cages are hung, it doesn’t seem to be an issue. They are some distance away from the house, and no one has ever seemed to spray. I’ll have to keep an eye out, though… and if they start getting too close to the house, I’ll put put some visqueen up. :)

  2. ladysown says:

    i find that spraying is not an issue beyond the “we pee at an angle” and well….. unless you have them set in a bit from where the catch tray starts, you get pee off the side and not in the drain where you’d like to have it. :)

    • Miss M says:

      “we pee at an angle” LOL!

      The cages are set in from the sides of the catch trays, something like 6-10 inches depending on the side. The cages are about a foot away from the house, at least. I did take a look at the side of the house, and it has not been peed on yet. A week and a half so far.

      I guess if I start seeing evidence of pee on it, I’ll have to put plastic up. Hopefully not, though. :)

  3. ladysown says:

    that’s lovely to know. it’s the one thing I would have changed about how I did my set up. make the racks wider to catch the “pee at an angle” stuff. :) but for now… plastic works. :)

    • Miss M says:

      Still no pee on the house. Hey, it’s something to build in when you remodel the rabbitry, right? ;)

  4. shrarvrs says:

    Curious…How far apart are those vertical supports? I am inspired to build something VERY similar, but my cages are LONG, so was curious.

    • Miss M says:

      Well, it’s 11 1/2 feet long, so divided by three sections = about 3′ 10″ apart. :) The three cages on the bottom and the leftmost cage on top are 36″. Those are for the mama buns (bottom) and the daddy bun (top). The other two are 30″ growout cages. The gap between the 36″ and the 30″s was for the 24″ extra cage I have, for isolating troublemakers and stuff like that. They have since been rearranged, since you can see that one ended up with its door behind a support. The two 30″s are split by the 24″, which has an inward-opening door and is not as difficult to deal with with the support.

      There are gaps between all cages to prevent peeing on each other, terrorizing each other, mating between cages, etc.