Rabbit cages, rabbit hutches, rabbit runs, and our own system of all-wire cages on PVC hutch frames, plus how and why it can be advantageous to keep rabbits in all-wire cages.
This page will direct you to a variety of cage and hutch choices, information, and directions, some of it completely FREE.
If you’re going to raise rabbits, you’ll need a rabbit cage for every rabbit. Even pet rabbits in your home do well with the safety and protection of a cage when they are not directly supervised.
You can find a TON of different styles of cages, both commercially constructed and homemade, here and on the web.
At our Rabbit Cages page we list cages that are the most popular for most common rabbit breeds. These cages are stackable, and come equipped with the tray, and wire guards around the door to prevent harm to either your arms or your rabbits. They also come with urine guards. You'll just need a waterer, feeder, and the rabbit.
If DIY is not your thing, we have you covered. I built my own cages, but that was before I learned about Hostile Hare. I love their cages! I think you will too.
Nick at Hostile Hare offers lots of options for:
Hostile Hare builds amazing cages in a good number of designs, including stackable ones. click the link to jump ahead and check it out.
(Pictured: Stackable rabbit cage from Hostile Hare. Living space is 15 inches high by 36 inches wide by 24 inches deep. Total cage height with slot for dropping pan is 19 inches.)
We at Raising-Rabbits strongly favor caging arrangements that make life easier. Stackable cages certainly save room and enable one to raise more rabbits in less space, but cleaning those cage trays requires extra time and elbow grease. That is totally fine if your situation or preference requires it.
But if you have the space, consider suspending your all-wire cages on a hutch frame in a single tier, and let gravity drop the waste to the ground for you!
our own cages and hutch frames of various sizes and designs, and collected all our plans
and designs into one of the following PDF e-books. My favorite PVC hutch frames are single-tier, as pictured above, but I also built double tier frames as well. There is enough room between tiers to make cleaning fairly easy.
Save the money and build your own cages, hutch frames, rabbit runs, wire pens! Even better, you'll get plans for a heat-busting sunken "cadillac" of a cage that remains cool even in blistering heat. Click on an e-book photo to go to more information on that e-book.
For more information on all these rabbit housing e-books and other rabbit care publications by Raising-Rabbits, go to World of Raising Rabbits.
Free DIY All-Wire Cage Plan
With our free rabbit cage plans, you can build this very large, 36" x 30", homemade all-wire cage. Hang this cage on a PVC rabbit hutch frame either inside the house or outdoors in the barn. Ideal DIY rabbit cages will help you alter the dimensions, if you need a different size. We've enhanced these instructions and included many more illustrations of the wire cage-building process in all 3 of our rabbit housing e-books.
Free PVC Indoor Cage Frame Plan
Build a PVC frame from which you can hang the 36" x 30" all-wire cage. Designed for indoor use, or use on a covered porch.
Free plans for setting up the indoor cage and PVC cage frame
Here’s how we set up our indoor PVC hutch frame with a large wire cage. We used a heavy vinyl drop cloth to unfailingly catch all the droppings. With a litter-box-trained rabbit, this system will be incredibly tidy. You'll find many variations on the basic design of this indoor rabbit cage in our Pet Rabbit Living Spaces E-Book.
Many pet rabbit owners provide their rabbit an indoor cage, and additionally permit the rabbit access to the house, or parts of it. This requires that the owner "rabbit-proof" their home, since rabbits chew by nature. The owner ensures that all electric cords are out of reach or well-covered, and the furniture legs are protected. Some rabbits can be distracted by chew toys - wooden is best, since they eat wood and bark in nature. Learn more at our Pet Rabbits page.
Large PVC Rabbit Hutch Frame
Rationale for using all-wire cages on PVC rabbit hutch frames, plus links to good-sized wood rabbit hutches and more.
(Right: Our PVC hutch frame is pulled outside so you can see in more detail how to suspend the cage on the frame and how to easily place slanted drop pans between the two tiers of cages. The set-up will be moved into the barn once the "photo-shoot" is complete.)
Large PVC Rabbit Hutch Set Up Overview
How to hang slanted drop plans and cages on the PVC hutch frame, outlined, with hutch and cages rabbit-ready. We’ll also show you the many benefits of using an easy-off, easy-on, cage system.
Once you see how easy it is, you will be able to do it yourself.
Free Outdoor Rabbit Run Plans
Run rabbit run! Portable rabbit run building plans for a 2' x 8' fully enclosed run, with mesh on the bottom through which the rabbit can nibble grass. Just pull the run to a new location when the rabbits have finishing “mowing” the area.
The advantages to an enclosed portable rabbit run are many:
Not looking to build your own rabbit run?
Check out the Outdoor Wire Panel Pen from our friends at Hostile Hare in our Bunny-Bazaar.
Here are some ideas, plans and links for a few university-designed wooden rabbit hutches, and links to some very nice store-bought wooden rabbit hutches.
We've used wooden hutches in the past. They have some definite drawbacks:
After learning about my own experiences with wood hutches and hutch frames, you’ll see why I really like PVC hutch frames. But it's not like all wood hutches are horrible. Many of the drawbacks can be minimized with attention to detail.
If you're wondering why many breeders choose all-wire cages over solid floors, read the very good explanations at Shiny Satins Rabbitry.
Nevertheless, countless rabbits around the globe are kept
in covered wooden hutches on legs to keep them off the ground and a little bit
more secure from predators. With the proper care and attention, wooden hutches
can make very suitable homes for rabbits.