|Indoor Rabbit Cage|
Amounts are not given as this will depend on the size you wish to make the cage.
- 2x2" lumber for frame
- 1x2" lumber
- Hardware cloth - 1/2" by 1/2" spacing (for the bottom)
- Chicken wire or wider spaced hardware cloth (sides and top)
- Piano hinge (this is the long flat hinge material - we used a 6 foot piece cut to 4 feet for the platform and used a portion of the remainder 2 feet for the
- Corrugated plastic or plastic board (1/4" thick)
- 2 window sash locks (see below for photo)
- Small barrel lock or other small latch for door
- Staple gun and staples
- Wood screws
Decide the dimensions you want to make your cage, and refer to the below diagram to see how the top and bottom frames are assembled. Cut 2x2" lumber into appropriate lengths to make up the cage length and width. For our cage, we used 4 pieces that were 4 feet long, and 5 pieces cut 17 inches long, and the frames were 4 feet long and 20 inches wide once assembled. The pieces are assembled as in the following diagram, and the hardware cloth is stapled to the underside of the bottom frame:
The next step is to cut 7 equal pieces of 2x2" lumber (we used 20 inch lengths) to make up the height of the cage, including the door opening. Then measure the opening for the door and assemble a door frame to fit the opening:
Next, staple the chicken wire to the outside of the top and sides of the cage (except the door opening), and the outside of the door frame. Cut pieces of 1x2" lumber to match the cage dimensions and attach to the outside of the frame, over top of the chicken wire, including the door frame. (This shouldn't be done on the underside of the cage over the hardware cloth). This hides the rough edges of the wire and gives the cage a more finished look. The door can be attached with a length of piano hinge (other hinges would work fine) and the door lock.
Once the whole top part of the cage is done, measure the exact length and width of the cage, and build a frame out of 1x2" lumber for the drop down platform. Attach the plastic board, also cut to the exact dimensions of the cage, to the top of this frame.
Attach the platform to the bottom of the cage, using the piano hinge, on the underside of the back of the cage. The plastic part of the platform should lay right against the wire mesh floor.
Affix the window sash locks to the front of the cage in such a way as to pull the platform snug against the wire floor when locked. The window sash locks and look like this:
They lock securely and pull the cage bottom tightly against the wire floor. When they are unlatched, the platform under the wire floor drops in the front:
Finally, attach legs to the outside of the side frames of the cage, to the desired height.
This basic design should be adaptable to a variety of cage sizes, although added supports on all sides may be necessary for larger versions.
I hope if you decide to try a cage like this it works as well for you as it does for Specky and us!
Homemade Cages that use wire storage cube panels - these can be used to construct quite elaborate multi-level cages with some creativity: