Rabbit Cage Plans

Build Your Own All-Wire Cage

Here are free rabbit cage plans below for an all-wire rabbit cage measuring 36 inches wide by 30 inches deep.  (Dimensions can be changed, of course!) The cage you build with these cage plans can serve as an indoor or outdoor rabbit cage.

Rabbit Cage Plans for a large, 36x30 all wire cage. Purchase one of our e-books for additional help.
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Here are Your Free Rabbit Cage Plans!

(If you cannot find the cage wire, tools, and j-clips that you'll need in your area, here and below are links to excellent tools and wire which should work well for you.)

Tools needed for building all-wire rabbit cageTools needed for building the all-wire rabbit cage

Tools required are few:

  1. Needlenose pliers 
  2. J clip plyers
  3. Wire cutters
  4. J clip removers
  5. A couple sawhorses, for ease of working (or workbench or...)

Use Flush-Cut Wire Cutters to Avoid Wire Ends that Feel Like Spears

Either of these J-Clip Pliers is Top Quality - should last 20+ years

Cage Wire Options


  • 1 inch by 2 inch by 3 feet wire - 14 gauge, approximately a 10 foot length.
JClips for building wire rabbit cagesOur rabbit cage plans use J-Clips
  • 1/2 inch by 1 inch by 3 feet wire - 16 gauge, 2 1/2 foot length. (14 gauge is better if you can find it...I use 16 gauge)

  • 1 pound of J clips, a few are pictured (you'll probably use less than a pound)

  • 1 Door latch (pictured)

J-Clips - 1 pound or 2 pounds

Wire rabbit cage latchOne style of cage door latch that we like
  • 12" J-Feeder. See picture of finished cage. You can also use a crock for food.  For a 9 pound doe and her kits, a crock would have to be large, unless you feed twice a day.

  • Water crock.  Or better, an automatic watering system. Edstrom makes a great system.

  • Find rabbit supplies and cage building tools at our Raising-Rabbits Store

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Rabbit Cage Plans

1) If you purchased 2 1/2 feet of 3 foot cage floor wire, this piece is ready as is. If you purchased enough for several cages, then cut a 30 inch x 36 inch piece. Cut the protruding wires flush for this and all wire pieces.

2) Cut the 1" x 2" inch wire to size:

  • 1 piece:  36" x 18" for the cage front
  • 1 piece:  30" x 36" for the cage top
  • 2 pieces: 36" x 18" for the cage sides
  • 1 piece:  24" x 18" for the cage back
  • 1 piece:  13" x 14" for a door 

First Note:
First: If you cut a 24 inch x 36 inch piece of wire for the back (since the roll is 36 inches tall) and then trim it to the indicated 24" x 18," you'll have a piece left over that is big enough to use for the door, with very little waste.

Second Note:
6" of cage side wire will wrap to the back on both sides, reducing the amount of wire needed for the back panel to just 24 inches.

Half Inch wire on top where rabbits rest

3) Set the 30 x 36 piece of rabbit cage floor wire on your sawhorses or work space. An important caution: you need the 1/2" wires to be on top where the rabbits will stand, as shown on the right. This gives improved support to the rabbit's feet.

4) Bend 6" of the side panels around a 2x4 or sawhorse, so that the final lengthwise measurement of the piece is 30" x 18".  The extra, still-attached  6" length will wrap around and become part of the back of the cage. We wanted rabbit cage plans that save time by not having to cut wire, and that eliminate wire waste.

Attach J-Clips to rabbit wire using J-Clip Plyers

5) Attach the side panels to the floor with J-clips, as shown.  You can also use hog rings if you have them, and hog ring plyers. I've always used J-clips.  I attach them roughly every 2 or 3 inches.

6) Attach the back panel using J-clips.  Because you've wrapped wire from the sides, the back panel is only 24 inches wide.  There, you've saved money!

7) Attach the front panel using J-clips. 

8) Attach the top panel using J-clips. You could substitute hog rings for the J-clips in the rabbit cage plans. In that case, you'd also need hog ring pliers.

9) Locate where you'll place the door, and cut a 12" x 12" hole in the front panel.  Allow 2" of cage wire at the bottom and 4" at the top.  If you're right handed, you might find it easier to reach into the cage if the door opening is placed towards the right of the cage.  (Left side if left-handed.)  Leave about 6", however, to the right of the door, so you can attach a water valve or a hay feeder.

10) Position the door over the opening so the 14" length is top-to-bottom and the 13" length is side-to-side.  Overlap the top and bottom by 1" each.  You won't need any overlap on the side you attach to, leaving 1" overlap on the side that opens. Be sure you allow at least a 12" - 14" length of cage-front intact, in case you decide to use a J-feeder. (They'll cut down on your rabbit care time, because you won't have to open the door of every rabbit cage to feed, but they're definitely not essential--crocks work just fine, or other container that won't easily tip over.)

11) Attach the rabbit cage door with J-clips: Two at the very top bumping each other (to help keep the door positioned without sagging), a couple in the middle, and one or two clips at the bottom.

12) Attach the latch to the door with J-Clips.  There are a number of great latching systems, each designed a bit differently, but getting the job done well. 

13) If you decide to use J-feeders, now is the time to cut a 12" x 2" hole in the front of the cage, 2 inches off the floor.  The feeder will hang on the outside of the cage, and deliver the feed to the rabbit (and bunnies) on the inside.

Congratulations.  In an hour or less, you followed these rabbit cage plans and made your own homemade rabbit cage.

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