We use a few different ways to feed our rabbits hay. Hay is the most important part of a rabbit diet along with a good balanced rabbit pellet and fresh water. With angora rabbits, it is a struggle to keep their coat/wool clean as they grow out. Hay can get caught in their fur and cause tangles and matting. Then when hay gets wet, it even stains the fur. We have two favorite ways to feed hay to our rabbits. One way is by attaching a hanging wire basket to the outside of their cage. If they have a cage or hutch that is made of wire (which is what is recommended for the angora breed), it is easy for them to reach through and grab a strand of hay from the rack. The mess is on the outside of the cage and not falling on the inside of the cage.
We have taken pictures of the stages in making these hay racks. You can use several things to make hay racks and different suppliers sell these but we found it most economical to make them with as many rabbits as we house. You can also adjust the size and make it as small, wide, tall, narrow, or big as you want! These are homemade and look homemade but the rabbits are happy so we are happy with them! I sat in the house on a cold day at my craft table and made about 20 of them this day. I thought it might be helpful to just take pictures along the way and share for anyone that might find it useful. Kids can even do this job. Just grab a pair of garden gloves as the wire can cut or hurt your hands.
The above photo is of the two sizes I have made. Give or take an inch, you can make it to suit your cage or number of rabbits in a cage. For litters, I like to make longer ones that stretch across the cage more.
The first step is to make sure you have all the supplies needed:
When you cut your wire, you should be able to get two or three racks from one clear cut across the wire. When I am making the smaller size rack, I count 11 boxes and cut on the 12th row all the way across. This piece then, can be divided into three sections.
One section turns out to be approximately 11 x 7 inches or squares wide, then you bend into place. The first picture below is of this piece cut and ready to begin. Next, follows each stage in the process of making these racks in order.
So I am showing you below how to attach the rack but it was not actually attached properly. Also, I did not want hay in it so I stuffed it with tissue paper and removed the tissue paper as soon as I finished taking the photo.
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