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Types of Housing for Market Rabbits
Below are three common types of housing used in breeding productions - standing hutches, stacked cages, and suspended cages with barn cover.


Standing Hutches
This system is commonly used by beginner producers or those with fewer animals. It is also ideal for “testing out” the rabbit market in an area. It is strongly recommended that you start out with a system such as this.

Positives: Relatively low cost to build. It is ideal for a small production. Smaller units can be made portable with the addition of wheels.

Negatives: Because there is no exterior barn structure, choice of materials are essential and maintenance for the hutch is constant.

 

Stacked Cages
This system can be used outside (with proper ventilation and airflow which are CRITICAL for this system to work properly). However, this is preferably an indoor method.

Positives: It allows for a larger production while using less floor space because the cages are stacked. The regulated environment aids in reaching your rabbits’ production potential.

Negatives: It tends to be a more costly unit to purchase/make. Indoor production requires airflow (with air-conditioners) and extraction units. It can be costly to maintain and requires a greater amount of cleaning.   

 

Suspended Cages with Barn Cover
This is the most common type of rabbit housing used for larger commercial rabbit productions.

Positives: The nature of this layout allows for reduced cleaning time, lower costs to maintain, and makes for easy expansion.

Negatives: Rabbits are more vulnerable to the elements than with an inside production.