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I need some input on which of these cages you think is the best. I have one male right now but I'm going to be getting 2 soon so I'm about to have 3 and I wan to house them comfortably with plenty of space.
I've put how many rats the cage calculator says the cages can hold.

1-supposed to hold up to 8 rats comfortably
http://cgi.ebay.com/FERRET-PET-CAGE...QQihZ001QQcategoryZ116396QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

2-supposed to hold up to 7 rats comfortably-I don't think it can hold this many.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Multi-Level-Fer...QQihZ013QQcategoryZ121854QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

3-supposed to hold up to 6 rats comfortably

http://cgi.ebay.com/MULTI-LEVEL-FER...QQihZ013QQcategoryZ121854QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

4-supposed to hold up to 7 rats comfortably-I don't think it can hold this many.

http://cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-Ferre...QQihZ004QQcategoryZ121854QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

5-supposed to hold up to 8 rats comfortably-I don't think it can hold this many.

http://cgi.ebay.com/5-Level-Ferret-...QQihZ015QQcategoryZ116396QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
 

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Cage 1 - nice superpet cage, enough space for 5-6 boys. Larger bar spacing, so it's not suitable for younger rats.

Cage 2 - too small for 3 boys.

Cage 3 - anothe rnice superpets, same size as cage 1, same bar spacing.

Cage 4 - nice cage, but it's galvanised which will hold urine and give you problems quickly.

Cage - another good sized cage with excellent bar spacing. This would be the best cage for you if you plan on getting young rats. It would require modification such as more levels.
 

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When would modifications have to be done? HOw old would they be when they need more room?
 

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i agree with what reachthestars says. i think if it were me, i'd extend that second level up as a full floor across the whole cage. you can do it for under $10 for all supplies from home depot (PVC-coated hardware cloth and zipties) and i'd do it as soon as you could. they will look tiny in that cage for a few months so you're not in any reasonable rush, but the sooner the better. and other modifications could be adding hammocks (they also serve as pseudo-levels) and places to nest. those roll-about balls hung up with a towel inside make a wonderful nest-ball i've heard. you can add fabric tunnels to play in, etc. the customization part is what makes your cage yours! :D
 

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I think they are all nice cages. If you go for the one with wire floors It might be better to cover the wire so your rats are not standing on the wire. I think I would also go for cage 5 It looks the best out of the ones you are looking at.
 

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well, the first one doesn't show what the levels look like, so it might be gross or something.....

the second one looks good but the bar spacing is large... so if you have young boys they might slip out...

3rd is a nice cage but the bar spacing is big again..

4... isn't there anymore. lol

the 5th is a really nice cage, but has small floor and doesn't use the space to full potential for rats.....


personally i like the 3rd one.... just cover the cages with large bar spacing with wire mesh from home depot if your boys are on the small size.
 

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I'd go with #5. you can easily attatch wire mesh stuff on the levels to give them maximum playing space.
it looks like a good one.
 
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