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Tools, Materials and Measurements

First let’s look at the tools I used to build the cage rows:

Cage row construction tools

  1. J Clips – to connect the wire when building the rows
  2. Wire Cutters – to cut the wire
  3. Needle Nosed Pliers – to maneuver the wire when connecting
  4. J Clip Pliers – to crimp the J Clips
  5. S hooks – to attach the cage row to the screw eyes
  6. Screw Eyes – to hang the cage rows from the rack

You will be using the J Clips and pliers frequently during the building process.  I find it easier to pour the clips into a large bowl when I’m using them.  It’s easier to pick them up that way:

J clips in a bowl

Now let’s talk about the wire:

Rabbitry Wire

I got my wire from Klubertanz in Wisconsin.  I used the 16 gauge ‘galvanized before’ welded wire for my cages (where possible) based on economy.  Galvanized after will last longer but it a much larger expenditure at the beginning.

Cage Row Bottoms

Since the rabbits will be spending all their time standing on this wire you want something comfortable but that will allow the droppings to easily fall through.  I used 1” by ½” spaced wire in the 30” height for the floor.  Each floor piece is 10 feet long.

Cage Row Tops

You can use any sized wire for the tops since the rabbits will not come in contact with it.  I could have saved myself a bit of money by using the cheaper wire for the tops but I found it easier to just buy a roll of the wire I used for the bottoms and just use that for the tops.

Cage Fronts, Backs and Sides

I used the 2” by 1” wire (the holes are 2” tall by 1” wide).  You do run the risk of kits (baby rabbits) getting through those holes but if the doe has the nesting box set up nicely the kits should not leave it until they are old (and big) enough that they can’t get through the holes.  If you are concerned they make Baby Saver wire.  This wire has smaller holes along the bottom 4” of the wire then it switched to the regular 2” by 1” holes going up.  That will keep the babies from getting out but it is almost double the cost of the regular 2” by 1” wire.

One thing to keep in mind when planning your wire purchase is that you lose some length of wire every time you make a cut.  In the picture below I am holding a section of the 2” by 1” wire I cut to make a cage side.  Notice that the end of the wire has pieces I need to remove.  You need to be sure to measure from a vertical to another vertical wire in order to get the correct lengths.

Every time you make a cut you will be losing wire in increments that are the width of the holes.  For example, if I am cutting the 2” by 1” wire I will lose 1” with each cut.  Keep that in mind when ordering wire so you don’t end up short!

Cage Doors

You will need some extra wire to use to make the cage doors.  Once you know how big you need the doors to be (based on the size of your rabbits and nest boxes) and the number of doors you need you can calculate the amount of wire you will need.

Now let’s go to Step 1 and start building some cage rows!