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Even in the urban garden Rabbits are a real problem. Many people dislike the thought of shooting or it may not be practical if close to houses so a  live trap is a good alternative.

In this instructable I will show how to make a simple and cheap live trap.

Just remember if you release the fluffy bunny then take it at least 5 miles from your house or it will come back!

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Step 1:

A length of wood - Sizes are not critical but should be at least these sizes or the rabbit wont fit in the trap
36 inches - 900 mm x 10 inches - 250 mm x 1/2 inch - 12 mm

Some stiff wire - I used some square mesh left over from a rabbit hutch (irony there)

A few staples

Some left over scraps of wood laying round the work shop.



Wire cutters

Pliers to bend the wire mesh.

Step 2:

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Cut  the wooden base to length with the saw, try to make the cuts at right angles so things look neat.

Cut the wire so that you have enough to form a cage round the base about 10 inches square (250mm square)  +1 inch to wrap under to fix with the staples In my case that was a length the same as the length of the base + 1 inch at each end  (3' 2"  or  950 mm) this was cut to 10" +10" +10" + 2"=32 " WIDE.

I turned an inch over at the edge at 90 deg  to fix under the base with the staples. 

Measure 10" along and fold again at 90 Deg to make the side and top.

Measure 10" or the width of your base for the top and fold down at 90 Deg for the other side

Leaving 1" to fold under to fix to the base on the other side of the base.

When you fix the mesh to the base with the staples leave 1 inch over hang at each end.
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I think the Lever Mechanism is not sensitive enough. Every time the bait is gone with nothing in it.

Please do not kill it...!!

id eat it

I wish I could say it works. I've tried everything. Did yours work?

Do you think you could explain how the door is being held up a little better? I just need some verification on it. Thanks.

rickharris (author) 5 years ago
5 miles is a long way when your hungry - rightly or wrongly in these times of high food prices I see them as food!.

Around me I seriously doubt I am making much impact on the rabbit population they breed faster than I catch them.

Funny how fussy people have become - very few I know will eat rabbit (many naver have.)

never eaten a rabbit but i would love to try it.

It is absolutely delicious! I always braise mine since they're so lean (the lack of fat makes it easy to dry the little guys out). Low and slow, with some beer, wine, or stock, some chopped veggies, and you can't go wrong. I hope you get a chance to try it.

rickharris (author)  thecrazymagnetman2 years ago
Nice lean meat - smells a bit when cooking and can tend to be dry - so stew or wrap in bacon.

over here in Portugal you can buy then at the butchers, in the supermarket...

@Javin007... really? wimping out over cooked meat being cut? butchery I can understand the gross factor, and actually killing large animals is always gonna have a gross factor for me but cooked meat? wow.....

I didn't realize how bad it had gotten until last night when we were watching a food cooking show. They were doing BBQ, and had already dressed/cleaned a hog that was then put on the pit. When it was ready, they went to remove the head, and my wife actually had to turn away from the TV because they were taking the head off of ALREADY COOKED FOOD. I just shook my head.

I personally like rabbit lol. But I know what you mean. I used to raise rabbits as a kid, not as pets, for money and food. anybody that has more than one especially aggressive bucks wont think of them as cute lol. At one time I had over 80. Cant afford to buy them anymore may have to start breeding again nieghbors dont like the idea of me culling the hoods herd lol.
CountryBoy774 months ago
Ya'll gotta be city folks if you are all scared about a rabbit that's food good food
bakdrft8 months ago

what you people don't realize that when you displace animals they usually die because of the unfamiliar area they are put in. So even though think your doin them a favor by not "Hurting" them. Ya KILL em anyway


Allyyssa012911 months ago

Tahnks, I'm not going to use this for rabbits,I'm using it for my chinchilla.( Poor baby got stuck in a hole) but I'm going to try this because i don't have a live trap and don't know where to get one :)

nolalupete11 months ago

Simply brillaint! You are a genius, Thanks, gonna make one for a groundhog,

Poor bunny! :( Why would you want to eat it?!

because its food.

parisusa1 year ago
If you have a dog in your yard most wild creatures stay away...but then you have a dog! Haha!
Because bunts are delicious when fried or grilled
begothic2 years ago
I have found that these also make great crawdad traps.
dumnonni4 years ago
this is an over engineered trap, just get some thin wire and make 10 snares (a noose would be perfect) then check every few hours. if you dont check, a fox will take it or just shred it. when you find a rabbit, break its neck or smash its skull. i tend to skin and gut it on site to attract foxes, that way you could have a nice new fox pelt by the end of the day. alternaitly, a 12 bore to the face does the job.
rickharris (author)  dumnonni4 years ago
Over engineered? I beg to differ. It is similar to commercial traps but the trigger is much easier to manufacture.

Blow it's head off - i agree easy - Not everyone can be there when bunny appears, and not everyone has the equipment or the inclination to do the deed.

Personally given the chance I shoot with an sir rifle, effective and quick if your a good shot.

Snares you have to take care to keep within the law - Someone was fined recently for trapping a grey squirrel and then drowning it. causing unnecessary suffering - £1500!

what is a sir rifle?
rickharris (author)  Lorddrake2 years ago
Typo AIR RIFLE - sorry
and here i was thinking it was a fancy rifle that was partial to wearing top hats, monocles, and handle bar moustaches
rickharris (author)  Lorddrake2 years ago
Sorry No - :-}) It's either a Hungarian relium or an older air sporter - Both sprung from pre legislation when restricted things to 12Flb - I have no idea on their mussel speed and don't intend to check.
Snares are unwise in urban areas simply because you can't be sure of killing a bunny or a neighbor's cat.

This is a live trap, so Fluffy from next door can be released alive.
rickharris (author)  kill-a-watt4 years ago
I rarely use snares - Our allotment area is fenced but I do agree with you on the pet issue. A snare is best positioned over the rabbit hole to catch it as it emerges. Modern snares HAVE by law here to be self releasing - in general a cat will eventually pull itself free.
I catch with my hands!
rickharris (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
Neat trick the rabbits round here are a lot more wary and quick as well.
So are ours i just run after them i also catch Ducks
rickharris (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
I am impressed!
can you use a screen?
rickharris (author)  thecrazymagnetman2 years ago
I don't see why not
rmcqcc3 years ago
Great write-up. I'm just having a lot of trouble visualizing how this trigger mechanism works. It just doesn't seem to make sense. Is the concept that the vertical piece just moves back off of the horizontal, thereby releasing the horizontal piece? If it is supposed to pivot, I don't see how it releases the trigger.
rickharris (author)  rmcqcc3 years ago
The trigger stick holds the end of the rocker level (on the top of the cage) down.

The other end of the rocker lever is slipped through a loop of string attached to the door holding it up.

The other side of the trigger stick is trapped under the wire of the cage.

When bunny pushes in to get at the food it will push the trigger off the wire releasing the rocker and so dropping the door.

As in the picture in step 5
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