Rabbit Cage Wire
Rabbit cage wire is most often found in rabbit supply companies. Sometimes you may be able to find it at feed stores or farm supply stores. When you are going to make your own rabbit cages, it is imperative that you have the right kind of wire to keep your pet safe.
High quality rabbit cage wire needs to be 14 gauge. This is the size of the wire used to make the mesh. Larger numbers mean the wire is thinner; lower numbers mean the wire is thicker. 14 gauge has been shown to be the easiest on rabbits' feet while keeping out predators.
Most rabbit supply houses will sell wire in 100 foot rolls. Some will also sell pieces pre-cut to build cages from. Most wire rolls need to be shipped as freight because of their size and weight. This may cause additional shipping charges. Buying wire by the roll is a great savings, however, if you're building several cages.
Stay away from vinyl-coated wire. Rabbits will chew on it, damaging the vinyl. Once the vinyl is damaged, hair, droppings and anything else around happily sticks to it, making the cage very difficult to clean.
Leftover wire can be used to make carriers for your rabbits. Carriers are perfect for taking your rabbits to shows or to the vet. Small pieces can be shaped into hay racks for your cages.
Rabbit cage wire is available as galvanized before welding and galvanized after welding. Use whatever fits your budget. You will also need to invest in a quality wire cutter. Don't forget to order a good supply of J-clips or hog rings as well as the tools to apply them. J-clips also require a special tool to remove them. If you choose J-clips, you will need this tool because at some point, you'll need to remove at least one. They are extremely difficult to remove without the proper tool.
The one really big reason to buy your own wire over buying readymade cages is that you can design the cages to fit your space. Hanging cages can be made so you have three or four holes running together as a single unit. This adds stability to the cages as a whole, and saves you wire.
By making your own cages, you learn a lot about construction, the best way to house your rabbits, and the best way to care for your new cages. After all the labor of putting them together, you won't want to let them get a single speck of dirt on them.
Of course, you can easily buy wire cages from the same supply houses. They will arrive in a flat box, and you still need to put them together. This is usually much faster than starting from scratch since all your wire is pre-cut. It saves you wear and tear on your wrists since you don't have to make all those cuts.
Whatever you decide to do, working with rabbit cage wire is a good experience. Getting hands on with the materials that form your rabbit's housing makes you look at possible problems, injuries waiting to happen, and weaknesses that may arise in the cages. You learn a lot about what your rabbit really needs.
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