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I had recently bought myself a new cage for my girls, and I am extremely happy with it. It's only flaw is that I didn't find it large enough. I love giving my girls as much space as I possibly cage, and this cage, I felt, wasn't enough.
So I set out today to buy some building materials and found some wonderful wire panels. I also bought some tile for the shelving.
The cage section that I made is meant to fit ontop of my exisiting cage. The section that I made is 30x15x30 inches. So according to the cage calculator, that can hold 3 rats. Added onto my other cage, I now have a cage that can hold 9 rats! :D
I will also be adding on some wire mesh, to prevent any escape attemps.
I also made it so the cage has a nice big door on it. The door measures 10.5 x 8 inches. So I have a nice big opening to scoop the ratties out :)

Anywho, so here are some pictures of the cage, both in the building process, as well as the finished product (minus the wire mesh).









So the finished product cost me a grand total of 40$!!!
Not bad I think :) Seeing the prices of some of the cages here, I think I did pretty well.

What do you guys think of my cage? :) (please be kind! lol)
 

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where did you get the panels? are they something meant for animal cages or for storage? that's a really great idea. what's the wire spacing?
 

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I was in town today and I saw something very similar 4 a shop display. What sorta shop did u buy it from? I might try order somethin like this on the internet. Its good tho, much cheaper!
 

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I was thinking of those for my DIY cage at first, but the square spaceing seemed WAAY too big, large enough for even my two handers to fit their heads through o_O. Yeah if anyone did that, plan to get some powder coated hardware cloth to zip tie over it, unless you have rats that aren't into escaping like mine.
 

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Thanks :) I bought the panels at a "Super store" where they sell almost everything. The bar squares are about 1in x 1in... so far too big for any ratties, which is why I have wire around it.
I love this cage and the girls seem to love it to, so I have no complaints. :)
 

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The 1in sq. holes are too big for my does, but I wanted to make a cage like that too. :) I hope it works out for you! Don't forget to post pics when you've got it all outfitted too.
 

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This is what the cage looks like now... all decorated, (for the time being anyways, I always add more stuff and change things, lol).


I tried not using the wire around the cage, but the girls could walk right through it.. The wire mesh however, makes it impossible for them to escape. :)
The door that I have on it as actually the door from the big cage on the bottom. There used to be a door ontop of the cage, but I removed the door so I could fasten this other cage ontop of it... So since the door wasn't inuse, I thought, what better than to attach to the new add on! :)
The door fits on their perfectly and I keep it closed with a wire spring. :)
 

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i saw those pieces the other day at a friends house (totally unrealted to rats) and i thought it would be great for making a cage. awesome! :)
 

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Yea. :) I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I was thinking of trying to build another one, just a little bit differently... but we shall see. :)
 

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Very cool new cage! I think I only have one rat that wouldn't fit through the sqares LOL. I need fat rats LOL.
 

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You can get them at Target, when i built a cage with these i made a huge one. The spacing is MUCH too small for even young males, 1inX1in, perfect escaping squares. Since i couldn't find a big "base" part, i used 2 storage bins. I got 2 packages of the wire squares and then a box of "solid" cubes to use as floors. It was big enough for 9 rats but i forget the actual size of it, i think the squares were 14x14 though. Louie used to slip out of the cage whenever he wanted but didn't roam too far from his cage so i never put mesh over it. I ziptied everything after the little connectors since they're flimsy I just left a mesh piece out of the puzzle and made the door. I bought the tiny bungee's to hold the door closed and ziptied the top side of the square. The cage took about an hour to make.
 
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