Concerns to consider when
building rabbit facilities
The following information related to the design and construction of
rabbitry facilities. This information is not complete unless a few observations
and recommendations are proposed. These observations are as follows:
- Do not stack breeder cages more than two tiers high--a two tier height
is ideal. More tiers produce management problems, one tier is less
- Select or install cages using leg supports rather than cages suspended
from the ceiling. The stability of the cages is improved and extra
reinforcement of the building's ceiling is not necessary.
- Provide a good drainage system under the cages to remove undesirable
liquid wastes--Waterer leakage as well as urine.
- Plan and install a good solid waste removal system. Leaving solid
wastes in the house eventually leads to problems related to pests,
odors, disease problems or poor management. Too much waste is generated
in a small amount of space.
- Build the house with adequate space for the cages. A 32-foot wide
house permits the installation of three rows of cages while a 40-foot
wide house can accept up to four rows of cages. One thousand rabbits
require a house at least 32' x 310' or 40' x 250'.
- Provide adequate mechanical ventilation (fans) capacity. Do not rely
on natural air movement to provide for good air quality and cooling
for the rabbitry. Contact agricultural engineers or your County Agent
- Insulate your rabbitry building properly. Plan your house with a
minimum of 1" of rigid polyurethane or 3" of fiberglass insulation
under the roof and in the side walls. A well insulated house will be
more beneficial to prevent heat buildup in the summer than maintaining
interior house temperatures in winter. The house will also have lower
energy costs to operate. Provide good vapor barriers.
- A house without roof pole supports (pole barn) is recommended. Examples
of clear-span types of houses are available on request.