Finding a rabbit cage that you can get at your local feed dealer can be hard to find. And when they do have them the selection is limited.
I have done the internet surfing for you and collected the best outdoor rabbit cages I could find at the Tractor Supply Store so you can have whichever outdoor cage you want shipped to your local store, you can even use curbside pickup if you need to.
Before I get into which cages are available. Lets go over some things you need to think about before you buy the cage. You want to make sure you choose the right one.
Size Of The Rabbit
Now you probably know that I raise the second heaviest breed recognized by the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) only surpassed by the Flemish giant. So the cage space they need compared to a holland lop is VERY different obviously because of the size difference. BUT you also have to think about something like the energy level.
My rabbits don’t need something as big as say, the Checkered Giant because the Checkered Giant has a VERY high energy level. So they need more space to spend that energy.
French lops are the saint bernards of the rabbit world wear as the Checkered giant is the grayhound. Give a french lop a cozy place to lay and they are happy.
Space For Babies In Your Outdoor Rabbit Cage
If you are raising rabbits only for pets and you do not intend to breed your rabbit or rabbits then you can skip this section.
If you plan to raise babies then you need to think ahead to the future and plan for space of the next box AND space for after the babies get active. For french lops, once the babies are 3 weeks old or over I typically take the nest box out and give them a smaller cardboard box that they can go into at night.
There are a few reasons for this. One, it opens up more room for all of them. Two, they tend to only use the box as a toilet and in the summer with flies and heat! YUCK! It is best for everyone involved to just get rid of it. Also if the babies squeeze behind the box they can get stuck and not know how to get out of there predicament causing injury or even death.
Solid Flooring On An Outdoor Rabbit Cage Is A Bad Idea
Before I get into the why I don’t recommend having solid floor in your rabbit hutch hear me out.
If your rabbit is bread well and came from a good breeder their feet should be strong and not have any issues with the wire. Rabbits that are prone to sore hocks should not be used in a breeding program.
With that said If you already have a rabbit and it does have issues with it then get something that is called a resting mat. Is healthier than a solid floor.
Ok ready? Take a deep breath. Here is why I don’t get solid flooring.
Rabbits go to the bathroom in the same location and they tend to pick the place where they are most safe to go. So if your cage has those quiet little rooms off to the side, where do you think your rabbit is going to go? YEP on that solid floor where the waste will not drop through.
Remember what I said about the nest box getting nasty? It’s the same here. They will fill it up and the foul smell you have ever smelled will be there.
Here is the other reason. FLY’S LOVE IT! And it only takes maggots 24hr s to hatch. So if you forget even for a day. You can end up with a horrible mess.
I don’t meant to be disgusting but I want you to realize how serious it is.
I know a lot of people think this will be a good idea in the wintertime but trust me when I say the trade-off is not worth it. The health of your animal will suffer from waste so close to the living area.
Fleas Don’t Care Who The Host Is
This is more of a “be mindful” rather then a don’t. But the cages with the closed-in exercise areas my not be the best idea. Fleas don’t care who their host is so long as they have one.
This is why I never let any of my rabbits run free in the yard. You also have no idea what while animals ran across your yard at night bringing diseases along with it.
If you want your rabbits to have space to run then keep an eye out for fleas and be willing to treat it if they end up with them. You can also section off an area where you evely treat it natrualy for bugs.
I LOVE to use Diatomaceous Earth on everything for my animals. Which you can find linked below at Tractor supply.
Red Lake Earth Diatomaceous with Calcium Bentonite, 20 lb., W097 [More]
Top Outdoor Rabbit Cages From Tractor Supply
This was not a thing even just a few years ago. But that small enclosed area used to be a solid floor on ALL cages. You already know how I feel about that if you read the previous section.
You can finally find outdoor rabbit hutches with wire flooring on the whole thing!!!!
This one is my FAVORITE and is going to be the best price you will find.
It has a four-star rating and the main complaints about it seemed to be user error. With that said, I will say it does not seem to be made with the strongest of legs but if it is used for what it is intended you shouldn’t have any issues.
Just don’t be letting people or animals clime on it.
Innovation Pet Raised Rabbit Hutch [More]
This Innovation Pet Raised Rabbit Hutch has an open pen area and a divider that leads to an enclosed area for sleeping. There are 3 points of access: a wire door into the pen area, a wood door into the enclosed area and the roof opens up for full access
- Sub wire floor above the pull-out pan
- Asphalt roof is hinged for easy access to your pet
- Plastic feet protect the legs from moisture
- A perfect home for 1 or 2 bunnies
- Outside assembled dimensions: 47.2 in. x 22.4 in. x 36.2 in.
Here is another hutch that is slightly bigger and is the same style as the hutch above. The only hesitation is the reviews are not quite as good so if you have a smaller rabbit then you probably could get away with the one above.
Cages for a shed or lean-to
These two cages will work well if you have a shed or lean-to style frame like I do. You can hang these cages inside and let the waste fall to the ground. This is honestly the more cost-efficient way to do things because you are going to be repairing a lot of cages if you have rabbits for any length of time.
DuMOR 24 In. Rabbit Hutch Kit, 2109V0011 [More]
There are a few other options at tractor supply but many still have a solid floor in them or the rabbit sits directly on the tray that pulls out to dump the waste. All in all, just check them out first and make sure the key points I listed are met. If you want to go deeper into finding an outdoor hutch and the things I recommend to look for then check this post out.