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.

  2. orbirdman

    orbirdman In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2008
    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.
  3. Last edited: Oct 1, 2008
  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

    Aug 25, 2008
    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.


    Maybe you can work something with the above vise idea.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2008
  7. lilchick

    lilchick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    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

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    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.
  9. I use the 1/2" x 1" welded wire.....
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    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]
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2008

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