How to Build a Cheap Rabbit Cage

A cage will keep your rabbit from escaping.
A cage will keep your rabbit from escaping. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

When owning rabbits, the biggest concern you will have when keeping the rabbit outdoors is keeping it from running away, and preventing attacks from predators. The solution is to build a small cage. Although there are hundreds of pre-fabricated cages on the market, they are often expensive. You can build a cheap rabbit cage out of PVC and chicken wire that is comfortable for the rabbit and light on the pocket. Building the cage with PVC also makes it durable enough to move around if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Permanent marker
  • PVC cutter
  • PVC pipe
  • PVC pipe joints
  • Mesh
  • Cable ties
  • Straw

Cut eight pieces of PVC pipe to 35 inches in length using a PVC cutter or a hacksaw. Make a measurement on your PVC pipe and mark the measurement using a permanent marker. Measure twice then cut the pipe.

Cut nine pieces of PVC pipe that are 24 inches in length.

Connect four of the 24-inch pieces together using four three-way PVC elbow joints to make a square. Make another square in the same manner.

Connect four of the 35-inch PVC pipes to the three-way connections on both of the squares you made.

Connect the two partial rectangle in the middle using two four-way connections for the top and two three-way connections on the bottom. Insert the last 24-inch piece of PVC pipe to the top four-way connection.

Cut four 35-inch pieces of PVC pipe and four 24-inch pieces of pipe and connect the pieces together using two-way PVC connectors to make two rectangle doors.

Cut two 24-inch by 71-inch pieces of wire mesh for the sides of the cage and two 24-inch by 24-inch pieces of mesh for the ends of the cage. Connect the wire to the cage using the ties.

Cut two pieces of 24-inch by 35-inch pieces of mesh for the doors and attach them using the ties.

Connect one end of the doors to the PVC of the frame using the ties so that the doors swing open.

Fill the bottom of the cage with straw.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place rocks on the doors of the cage to keep predators out.

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