|Better Farming Series 36 - Raising Rabbits 1: Learning about Rabbits; Building the Pens; Choosing Rabbits (FAO, 1988, 56 p.)|
|Building the rabbit pens|
72. Whichever materials you use, it is best to build your pens side by side, as shown below. That way, two pens will share a wall and you will need fewer materials.
73. Build your pens on legs above the ground. That way, the rabbit droppings will fall to the ground and not collect on the floor.
74. In addition, a pen on legs will help to keep the rabbits safe from other animals.
Pen on legs
Be sure to fit your pens with metal guards (see page 38) to keep rats and other small animals from getting to your rabbits.
75. A good size for a rabbit pen is 70 centimetres wide by 90 centimetres long and 50 to 60 centimetres high.
76. This size of pen is good both for full- grown and for young rabbits, so, you will need to build only one size of pen.
77. Make the inside of each pen as smooth as you can. This is to keep your rabbits from hurting themselves.
78. There are many ways to build pens. If you know another farmer who raises rabbits, perhaps you can get some good ideas from him.
79. The drawings on the next page show you several simple rabbit pens that you can build easily.
80. If you want to build a better pen, the drawings on pages 22 to 43 will show you how. You will also learn how to make feeders for plants and grain and how to build nest boxes.