If you keep rabbits in your yard, then you know of the numerous threats posed by predators, such as dogs, cats, and raccoons. It is of the utmost importance that rabbit owners take extra precautions in order to protect their property from such external agitators. Therefore, a well-constructed, durable rabbit pen is necessary, giving the rabbits a safe and healthy environment and protecting them from outside attacks. Such an enclosure is relatively simple to construct.
Things You'll Need
- 1-inch by 1-inch 14-gauge woven wire
- 1-inch by half-inch 14-gauge or 16-gauge woven wire
- Bolt cutter
- Hog rings
- Hog ring pliers
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Door latches
Cut a piece of 1-inch by 1/2-inch woven wire for the floor in your desired dimensions for the pen floor. A good measurement is 30-inches by 36-inches. Then cut an identical piece of 1-inch by 1-inch woven wire for the top of the pen. Finally, cut a larger piece, measuring 18-inches by 132-inches, for the front, back and sides of the pen.
Fold your longest wire piece in three places. Simply lay the wire on a bench or table and bend the wire along the table's edge. Measure, for the first fold, 36-inches across and fold and woven wire. From there, measure 30-inches across. Then fold it again. Against the second fold, measure another 36-inches, then fold it a third time. The final side of wire remaining should measure 30-inches.
Attach the edge of the 30-inch side to the edge of the 36-inch side with a hog ring. Keep attaching hog rings along the edges every 5 inches, bringing the edges to join. Attach the floor with hog rings every 4-inches. Construct the roof in the same fashion as the floor.
Cut a space for your door exactly 2-inches from the side of the 36-inch length of the pen. Where depends on whether you want the door clearing left or right. The space should measure around 13-inches in width and be 2-inches from the bottom and top of the pen. For a door, cut a piece of wire with an area 1-inch greater than the door opening. Link it with hog rings to your pen. Attach ready-made door latches to complete your door.
Cut the feeder opening in the same fashion as the door opening. Just make sure it's 2-inches from both the floor and ground. Most feeders are around the same size, so the opening should measure about 2-inches by 8-inches.
- How to Build Animal Housing: 60 Plans for Coops, Hutches, Barns, Sheds, Pens, Nestboxes, Feeders, Stanchions, and Much More; Carol Ekarius; 2004
- Rabbitweb; How to Build a Rabbit Cage; 2011
- Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images
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