I started thinking quite some time before I first bought rabbits about raising them for food for both us and the dogs. Since that time we’ve come to realize that we should be keeping the Old Testament dietary laws which forbid eating rabbit, but we still decided to raise them as an inexpensive raw meat source for Tank and Dee-Oh-Jee.
None of the commercially produced rabbit cages quite fit my needs, and most seemed overpriced so I ended up building my own. I bought J clips, J clip pliers, wire, feeders, and an automatic watering system. They can all be bought at Tractor Supply, most feed stores, and online. Once I had everything at home and added the costs, I realized it cost me almost as much as buying ready-made cages. But by building my own I was able to build a higher quality cage to my own specifications.
Each cage is 24 inches square and 18 inches tall with 1 x 2 inch welded wire on the top and sides and 1/2 x 1 on the bottom. This allows the byproducts (more about that later) to drop through so the cages only have to be cleaned occasionally. The doors are hinged at the top and swing in. It’s a little inconvenient, but keeps rabbits from escaping if you forget to latch the door, or if you have a savant that opens it himself like one of our old rabbits did.