Nest box size
THE DEPTH of the cages in my rabbitry is 60cm – that’s how long my right arm is, so I can easily catch the rabbits and reach the back of the cage for cleaning. If you make them deeper, your rabbit can sit at the back of the cage out of reach, and they tend to toilet in the back corner of the cage so being able to reach right to the back is very important.
Make the doors as large as possible. Don’t make the mistake of closing in the run so that the only way to catch the rabbit is in the nest box. The rabbit will figure this out very fast and drive you mad when you’re trying to catch them. The best cages have roofs or sides that can be opened.
The SPCA recommend cages should be big enough for a rabbit to hop three consecutive hops across, lay down fully stretched out, and stand on the tips of its toes with its ears up. By those recommendations, a NZ White would need a cage 100cm x 60cm but it would have to be at least 100cm high to allow for the rabbit to stand tall with its ears up. The compromise for me is to have cages which are 45cm high so they can sit up with their ears up.