Yes, it's really our laundry room -- it's where it all
started. It also houses our camping equipment &
gardening supplies/equipment. This shot is looking
towards the east where we have an air conditioner in the
wall (the fan on top of the cages helps push the cool
air towards the west wall). Nest boxes are hung along
the walls. There is a double sink beneath the window.
These 15 holes were to be dedicated to the blue-eyed
white Hollands, but since we've not yet had 15 BEW's
worth keeping, the 6 holes facing the table house
Florida Whites & miscellaneous Hollands. The table is a
catch-all (heater with a thermostat keeps it about 50
degrees even when it's freezing outside).
This shot is of the south wall, just west of the
laundry. The stackers are set up on wheels to make them
set up higher. Notice that there are no rabbits in the
bottom holes. We keep them empty in winter as the
rabbitry takes on water when we get over 1 inch of
rainfall. We had water 3 inches deep in there in
This shot is of the north wall. We have 40 permanent
holes in the "inside rabbitry". When needed, we have
several 18x24" single holes we can keep on the table.
This year our big improvement was the addition of an
automatic watering system (don't miss those water
bottles at all!). We clean all the cages daily. We
keep shavings in the trays with those little plastic
trays for mini gardens you get at Wal-Mart in the
corners. We just dump the urine in the sink, and the
poo & any wet shavings & hay which has fallen into the
tray is placed in the "green waste" toter and picked up
for recycling weekly.
Our larger rabbits (Shelley's meat pens, etc.) were kept
outside along the north side of the laundry room. In
1998 we put a solid roof over the area, during which
time we decided to go one step further and put in solid
sides which enclosed a 13x22 foot area for 29 hanging
cages. The center of the rabbitry contains hanging
cages with a pit of "Dry Stall" beneath which soaks up
the urine & keeps the odor down. We rake up the poo &
waste hay twice a week.
This shot is facing the north & west walls. These cages
were originally set up like the center pit, but last
year we put Flush-Kleen trays under the hanging cages
which were adjacent to the walls. Eventually the "Dry
Stall" will be replaced with concrete.
The "outback", aka "the boys room", is our newest
rabbitry. It's out back behind the laundry room. We
have a 2-tier, 6-hole wall mount Flush-Kleen system for
our older Florida White bucks. We also have a 12-hole,
free standing modular Flush-Kleen system for our
blue-eyed white & chin. Holland bucks.
like we have a lot of space, but when you figure that
about 1/4 of our stock is over 7 years of age and
another 1/4 are just hanging around as pets, we don't
really have that many productive animals.