How to build a cage for rabbits
Rabbit bosses ideally seek to maximize profits at the lowest cost, which is facilitated by self-harvesting food, making feeders and cages with their own hands for adults and their young.
Material for the manufacture of cells.
It is not so difficult to make cages for rabbits with your own hands, the most important thing is to determine the size, shape of the cells, to make a drawing.
You can build cells from scrap materials: the remnants of the boards from the repair of premises, plywood, chipboard, slate, bricks, cinder blocks, tin, metal pipes, chain-link mesh, etc.
The design should be optimal for living in a cage of at least two individuals, convenient location of feeders, unimpeded contact with animals with their careful examination, suitable for regular cleaning of the cage. The construction should be durable and easy to assemble, take a minimum of time to maintain it.
Kinds and types of cages for rabbits.
Not all types of rabbit houses can be made by hand, but with elementary basic knowledge, the availability of a tool, simple drawings and most importantly, the desire will definitely succeed.
So what cell types are there for a fluffy tribe?
· Simple and simple in execution - in one tier.
· Bunk (most common in country houses and small farms).
Cages are provided for different rabbits.
· For young stock.
· For females.
· For breeding decorative rabbits.
· For breeds of giants and vice versa dwarf members of the class.
Cages for animals can be for a warm and cold season. Options for living in apartments and in open areas. The design can be portable or monolithic. Houses can be fattening, industrial (in large farms).
Projects of rabbit cages, deserved recognition rabbit.
The simplest cell constructions are four walls, a nest box, a pallet that is not fully satisfied by the breeders, who breed big-eared ears. Today, the cage for rabbits should also be beautiful, to become an element of decor in the backyard area or cottage.
Professionals, rabbit breeders and livestock amateurs, to the best of their abilities and opportunities, try to improve the process of raising rabbits and automate their care. Projects of rabbit cages have already been developed, which have justified themselves in practice and have proved that they have the right to be in farms. These projects include the following inventions, named after their designers.
· Project Zolotukhin.
· Project Mikhailov.
· Project Komov-Kuzmina.
· Tsvetkov project.
Each project has its advantages and disadvantages in the design, use, and cost of materials. Which project will be the closest and convenient, decide only the owner of the rabbit family.
Consider each project separately.
The professional projects include projects of Mikhailov and Tsvetkov rabbit cells. Best of all, they are suitable for rabbit breeders who are engaged in the breeding of animals on an industrial scale.
The basis for the cells is made from metal, sometimes wood is used (respectively, the life of the structure is reduced).
Professional project Mikhailov.
The advantages of this project include the fact that there is forced ventilation in the cage with the upper ventilation pipe. Provided winter heating of the mother liquor and drinkers, a very convenient scheme for collecting manure.
The main drawback of the project is the complexity of its execution, the presence of unnecessary details. Even an expert can not always immediately understand the drawings. The presence of zones that are difficult to clean, collect dirt.
Professional project Tsvetkova.
The most important priority of this project is a convenient system for collecting manure, electric heating of the drinker. Drawings and the design itself is more understandable for the cell collector.
Among the shortcomings can be noted the floor of the wide rails, on which there are traces of vital activity of rabbits. The project is more intended for forest zones, the structures are poorly protected from the wind, occupy a large area, and the drinkers are quickly polluted.
Amateur project Komova – Kuzmina.
Positive in this project is its easy implementation. The main advantage - vacuum drinkers and doors on the manger. However, there is no electrical heating, there is no queen cell.
The most popular project for the manufacture of cages for rabbits among beginner rabbit breeders. Indeed, it is distinguished by its ease of manufacture and clear drawing. It is a wooden or metal construction with a solid floor and a tilting trough. Developed on the basis of many years of experience in breeding and observing the habits of fur-bearing animals.
The main disadvantage is that in winter time they require serious warming; in windy weather, animals can suffer from drafts.
Cage of metal frame.
It is made for fattening beef stock. Very hygienic to use, good to clean, odors are unlikely. This design can be made of any size.
Such a cell is of little use even for the warmest climate. In winter, when the temperature is above zero, the bunnies will die.
Having considered several options for cage projects for rabbits, everyone who wants to breed animals can choose the most suitable one for themselves, or learn something from each one and create their own.
The main recommendations for the breeding of rabbits.
There are several recommendations that should stick to the breeders of fluffy animals.
Rabbit breeders can make cages, feeders, drinkers themselves. With food, you can also solve the issue by harvesting hay and branches from the summer, take vegetables and root crops from your own vegetable garden. The main costs will be vaccinations for rabbits and special concentrated feed containing vitamins necessary for proper growth of the population.
Note the standard, most convenient and correct sizes of rabbit cages: about 100-120 cm long, 50 cm high, 70 cm wide.
Adults and rabbits with rabbit are best placed in single or double-section cages. Young animals are recommended to be kept in a group cage, whose dimensions correspond to the number of rabbits. For example, a small house about which we have already described is suitable for ten rabbits, but here the length should be up to 170 cm. It is worth considering that rabbits of the same sex, about the same age, of similar temperament and weight should live in one cage.
Cell designed by Zolotukhin with their own hands.
Let us dwell on the project of the famous rabbit breeder N.I. Zolotukhin as an example for making a cage for an eared family with your own hands. This method has established itself as the simplest in its manufacture, low cost and ease of care for animals.
To create a cage, you can use wooden boards and slats, slate sheets, tin, polycarbonate panels, metal mesh.
The cage and partition walls are made of wood, and the floor and roof of a flat slate. Grid up the door and the back wall, a small part of it. The wooden elements of the structure are sheathed with tin, so that the rabbits do not gnaw them.
Rabbit cage size:
· Width - 2000 mm.
· The height of the three-tier structure - 1500mm.
· Depth is from 700 to 800 mm.
· Doors - 400 x 400 mm.
· The width of the floor grid - 150 - 200 mm.
· The difference in the level of the front and rear of the floor - from 50 to 70 mm.
Each of the three levels consists of two cells, which are separated by wooden partitions filled with hay. The floor, it is also the roof for the lower tier, preferably made of slate. The back of the floor to a width of 2 m. Is made of mesh. The upper part is extended by the same value relative to the lower one, so that the manure and urine of the rabbits are removed to the floor or the ground. The back wall of the construction is made of polycarbonate and set obliquely.
The size of the cage can be individualized; the most important thing is to stick to the scheme that the rabbit breeder Zolotukhin developed.This structure is a structure with a queen cell, so for an ordinary rabbit the wall with an aperture will need to be replaced with a solid wooden sheet.
The door of the mother liquor is not made of the grid, as the rabbit with newborn baby rabbits requires a dark room and shelter from the draft. When you need to expand the space for the young, it will be enough just to remove the wooden partition wall.
In winter, on the recommendation of Zolotukhin, a mother liquor is installed in the cage, which is a box with an increased height of the posterior wall.
· Upper and lower part from 300 x 300 to 400 x 400 mm.
· Front part - 160 mm.
· Rear wall - 260 mm.
· Aperture height - 150 mm.
A distinctive feature of Zolotukhin’s cells is a tilting feeder. It is a long tray, about 2/3 of the length of the cage, with an enlarged front wall compared to the back almost doubled and the bottom with a slope into the inner part of the cage by almost 35 degrees. Such a feeder is attached to a hinge attached to the door, which allows you to feed the animals without opening it, and promptly remove any food residue.
Any rabbit cage can be decorated with decorative elements, transfigured with colorful materials, and adapted according to the landscape design.The roof can be painted in a bright color, or even sheathed with tiled material, to install a wooden figure in the form of "Ushastik".
Making a cage with your own hands is not so difficult, the most important thing is to choose the most suitable way for you.
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