Hanging Rabbit Cages or Hutches
We're relocating our rabbit cages to a cooler location (we have a shaded area provided by a dense canopy of trees behind our barn - it's about ten degrees cooler there during the summer.)
Here are some photos detailing our project - we'll be updating this as the project progresses.
The first step was to measure out the area and draw up some basic plans showing the desired layout. In our case, we have an enclosed area that was used as a chicken pen, so it's fully covered with chicken wire and other dense fencing to keep the predators out. The area is rectangular, with one side provided by the back wall of an old barn. We are going to mount the rabbit cages along the outer fence perimeter as well as on a central wooden 'T' frame.
Once we have mapped out the area, we need to build the central 'T' frame that will hold rabbit cages. This 'T' frame will provide additional space as we are no longer limited to hanging the rabbit cages on the outer fence area or the barn wall.
The 'T' frame is made up of 2x4x8 boards - the vertical posts are sunk into the ground about 16 inches, and the post holes are filled with concrete ('ready mix' post hole concrete). The posts are plumbed vertical (or at least close enough for our needs) and the horizontal braces are within a degree or two of horizontal. The horizontal braces shown in the photos below will be used to support the rabbit cages as well as stabilizing the structure. We will provide details of the methods used to support the rabbit cages in a subsequent chapter of this book.
Please refer to the photos listed below each page of this series for details of the construction process.