1. Does anyone build their own wire cages? I have the wire part down and can build a cage using "J" clips, but I am wondering how you make the aluminum trays that slide underneath.

    Where do you get the aluminum sheeting? And how do you bend it along a straight line?

    The only think I can think of is aluminum flashing that comes in rolls from Home Depot.

    I am wanting to build some stackable cages like this, but need to figure out how to make the trays.

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  2. orbirdman

    orbirdman In the Brooder

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    if your looking to bend metal along a length you need to find a metal shop that has a metal brake. its basically a machine that will make bends anywhere from 10*-180*. to do at home you need a vise that will hold a length of 2x4 long enough for the bend you are looking to make then lots of manual labor to bend it.
     
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  4. Thanks! I googled metal brakes or bending brakes and ended up finding a cage supply place.

    I'm wondering if I could used premade a/c drip pans or something instead of going through all the trouble of gathering all the equipment.
     
  5. orbirdman

    orbirdman In the Brooder

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    all you need is a bench mounted vise that has enough room to hold a 2x4. i dont remember the formula but i think it works out that if you want to make a bend you also need to allow about 1/4 of metal if not using metal machinery to make the bend. if going the route of galvinized it should be super easy.
     
  6. There is one place I found in Canada that makes them for rabbit cages maybe they will cut you a deal. They have a msg board too so maybe you can ask them some questions. Mostly a rabbit site.

    http://www.grandviewrabbitry.com/trays.html



    Maybe you can work something with the above vise idea.
     
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  7. lilchick

    lilchick Songster

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    I have a few cages where the drip pan has rusted out.
    I replaced with a piece of plywood cut to fit... Easy to slide out and clean up.
     
  8. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

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    I don't know how to make the pans but have made several cages too.
    PouletsDeCajun - what kind of wire do you use to make your cages? The last ones I made with hardware cloth and they were a bit too flimsy.
    ~Rebecca
     
  9. I use the 1/2" x 1" welded wire.....
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:I also used the 1/2" x 1" welded wire. My cage looks just like this one. I used hog rings to put the cage together. [​IMG]
     
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