Cage Systems

by Debra Sandoval

The following article discusses some of the various types of cage systems and their relative advantages and disadvantages. I have used both hanging and stacking type cages and much prefer the hanging type. I find that it is much healthier for the rabbits to have good air circulation between them and the urine and droppings. This is difficult to achieve with stacking cages since the animal is so close to its waste. For this reason stacking cages with trays need to be cleaned much more frequently than is necessary under hanging cages. I use a product called "Zaps It" for both the trays of the stacking cages and sprayed on the ground under the hanging cages to help reduce the build up of ammonia smell every time after I clean.

Most of my cages have wire dividers between the cages rather than solid dividers as I feel that this helps with air circulation. Also I have found that bucks kept in cages with solid dividers will spray urine on the dividers and then rub themselves in it. In order to prevent fur chewing and fighting between rabbits in adjacent cages, I have double dividers spaced one inch apart so that the rabbits cannot get to each other.

My hanging cages are suspended from the rafters on the barn with heavy gauge wire. To prevent the cages from swaying I also have metal conduit pipe through which two holes were drilled at one end so that it could be nailed to the rafters and then the other end is attached to the cage by wire. I found this to be an easy and inexpensive method of stabilizing the cages, he few stacking cages that I have all have small pieces of wood under the legs to prevent them from sinking into the dirt floor.

HLRSC Official Guidebook - 5th Edition 2002