I recently adopted a 2 year old Dutch Dwarf, Oreo, from my local SPCA. As a temporary solution, I had him in an old rabbit cage, but it was pretty obvious that it wasn't large enough. Hay was frequently getting dumped in the water bowl, and Oreo was constantly moving things around so that he could stretch out at the perfect angle.

Here's the wooden, bi-level rabbit condo I made him instead. It's large enough for Oreo to stretch out in whatever direction he wants, and it's still light enough for me to carry by myself. It took me a full Saturday afternoon to build, but I like to putter, and was using a hand saw for most of the cuts, so your build time may be quite a bit less.

Overall, the interior dimensions are 24"x30", and each level is 18" high. The recommendations that I found are 1sq ft / pound of rabbit, so this cage exceeds that for mine.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

1/2" plywood, for the floors and top (cut at the store into three 24"x30" pieces)
3/8" plywood, for the sides (cut at the store into two 24"x36" pieces and one 30"x36" piece)
1/2"x1-1/2" plain wood, enough to be the vertical support in each corner, approx. 12'
1/2"x2-1/2" plain wood, enough to make a kick plate on each level and the perimeter of your doors, approx. 21'
Piece of wood for the ramp, approx 8" wide, at least 24" long
Hardware cloth (rabbit fencing) with wires spaced 1" apart or less, approx 8 sq ft
Some sort of furniture feet
Door latches
Door hinges

Drill & assorted screws
Staple gun & staples
Wood glue
Measuring tape
Some sort of non-toxic wood finish (I used mineral oil and beeswax)

A suggestion: pre-drill all your holes. The wood I was using had a tendency to split if I didn't.

<p>Would I be able to house two dwarf rabbits in this type of cage? I was looking at rescuing a bonded pair and didn't want to buy a cage, so instead I chose to DIY.</p>
<p>Would this be suitable for 2 ferrets do you think? - Or I had an idea of converting my corner wardrobe into a cage for them.</p>
<p>can i adjust this for a chinchilla?!?!?! </p>
<p>I've never kept a chinchilla, but there's probably not enough jumping opportunities to keep a chinchilla happy. You could try altering it with half-width levels that are staggered so there would be room to hop from one to another, and make it taller.</p>
<p>Would you think this would work for a newborn chick? and to keep a chicken in? I have a small space and cannot have a dog, but can have a chicken, i dont get why either honestly, but regardless, do you think i should adjust a roof? I'm keeping in inside anyways, but any thoughts you have as the original creator is a great thing for me to hear! :)</p>
<p>I've never kept chickens, so I don't know. They could fall off the ramp the way mine is set up, but it would keep them inside the cage.</p>
<p>Super cool! I have bunnies, but I keep them outside. I wonder if I could make one of these for indoor visits... My dad especially would love being able to have a bunny inside for more than an hour.</p>
I love my rabbit to pieces, but not allowed to keep it inside! Maybe building an indoor hutch will allow me...
kewl ible,in the bunny world the word is HUTCH
It looks really good!!! you did a really god job. But just about how much did it cost to make this? i
I spent a bit less than $100 for all the materials, however, that also included about 3/4 of a sheet of plywood that will be used for another project, quite a bit of leftover smaller wood and trim that I ended up not needing, and two boxes of screw sizes that I didn't own before. <br> <br>If you have leftovers from previous projects, it would obviously cost a lot less. <br> <br>That's half the price of a similarly sized cage at my local pet stores, and way better looking, even without paint.
Cage is a bad word in the bunny world. Apartment, I think would be better. Good job. Nothing says your bunny's home should be ugly.
nice work, looks like a nice home for Oreo.
That looks great! :)

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