Hoppy Days Ranch

We breed HOPPY-ness!

Location & Cages

The first thing you should consider is where you're going to house your herd.  We started in our basement. This was largely because our garage was too cluttered and the basement was climate-controlled.  Being that they were near our living area, we opted for stacked cages.  Each cage had a tray, which we scraped out daily.

Picture of three cages, stacked with trays in between

Eventually, we moved out into the garage, adding hanging cages.  We now have a small barn with all hanging cages, with plans for a much larger barn in the future.

Picture of several cages hanging on a barn wall

Hanging cages don't have trays, so the droppings just fall on the ground.  Some people have issues with this. If you think you might, consider using stacked cages. Just keep in mind, that this will add considerable time to your daily care of the rabbits.  In the same line of thought, think about what size cages you want.  Depending on the breed of rabbit and your personal feelings on the subject, 24" X 24" is pretty common for commercial rabbit cages. I wouldn't suggest going much larger than 24"(D) X 30" (W) for your breeding stock.  Remember, you will need to be able to reach them when it comes time for breeding and grooming.  We made the mistake (in my opinion) of getting 30" X 30" cages, and the rabbits have learned they can just hide out in the back corner to avoid us.

You can buy pre-assembled cages (see links page) or buy the materials and build them yourself. Building cages yourself is time-consuming and tiring. Each wire is either 1 or 2 inches apart (depending on orientation). Think about cutting a 30" wide section of wire that has 1" openings. That 30 cuts PER PIECE. No matter how good your snips are, you're going to get tired quick. Also, doors on self-made cages can be difficult to make sturdy. You can opt to make quonset-style cages as well which saves on wire mesh, and allows a little flexibility on your watering system choice.

Picture of two quonset cages showing the tops are curved

Layout

Having chosen your location and cage size, you can start planning how your layout will be.  Hanging cages can be attached to walls or completely suspended.  Leave plenty of room to open cage doors and pull the (sometimes fidgeting) rabbit out without banging into the cages behind you.  Layout will also impact your watering system.

Next page: Feeding & Watering