Aviaries
Kennels
Cat Cages
Sugar Glider Cages
Chinchilla Cages
Rabbit Cages
Bird Cages
Ferret Cages
Prarie Dog Cages
Monkeys, Bush Babies, Kinkajous,Etc.
Rats, Hamsters, Etc.
Guinea Pig Cages
Bird Display & Breeder
 Wire & Cage Building Materials
    Galvanized Wire by C.E. Shepherd Company
    PVC Coated Wire by C.E. Shepherd Company
Iguana Cages
Live Traps
Stands

Wire & Cage Building Materials

Due to the fact that Cheek's Custom Cages builds such a wide variety of cages and animal enclosures on a custom and production basis, it is necessary for us to keep in stock, a very wide selection of welded wire.  In addition to having a large inventory of wire suitable for cages, we also manufacture many cage building items and stock many more which are manufactured by others.  Some of our customers are quite capable of building their own cage, or have a project in mind that needs to be built on site.  For these customers, as well as other cage builders, we offer a great selection of wire, dropping pans, doors, latches, solid divider panels, pan liners, fasteners, and other hardware necessary to build a wide range of projects.

The types of wire we use the most are Galvanized Welded Wire,  PVC Coated Wire, and Stainless Steel Wire.  Each of these types of wire come in a number of sizes (meshes), widths, and gauges (wire thickness). This wire meets or exceeds cage standard: USDA-APHIS Animal Welfare Act & Animal Welfare Regulations, Part 3 - Standards, subpart A, 3.1 - 3.13

In order to decide what wire is needed for a given project, there are several things to be considered.

First you must decide what type of wire is suitable for your animal and your environment.  For instance, if you are building a cage for small (non hook-billed) birds, you could use Galvanized wire, PVC Coated , or Stainless Steel.  However, if the cage is an outdoor aviary, or an outdoor cage, you would want to try to use the PVC Coated, or the Stainless Steel so that it would not eventually rust.  If the birds are of the hook-billed varieties, such as parrots, then the PVC Coated wire would not be a good choice, because the birds will eventually try to peel all of the PVC coating off of the wire.  Your choice would then be Galvanized which will eventually rust, but is much cheaper, or the Stainless Steel which will not rust, but is much more expensive.

Once you know which type of wire is going to be used for the project, the next step is to determie the mesh (the size of the spaces) that is the most desirable for it.  The two things to consider here is:  First, the size of openings must be small enough to contain the animal inside, without allowing it to stick it's head out, which may get stuck and injure or kill the animal.  Secondly, the smaller the mesh in a given wire gauge, the stronger the cage will be because there will be more wires per square inch. 

Next you need to determine the gauge, or thickness that would be appropriate for the animal.  The gauges of wire we normally keep in stock ranges from 16 gauge to 12 gauge.  The larger the number, the thinner the wire.  Therefore, the smaller the gauge number, the stronger the cage.

We have the availability to special order 10 gauge , 8 gauge, and 6 gauge wire ,but it only comes in 48" x 96" sheets.

 

Thickness of wire for various gauges.

GAUGE

WIRE DIAM.

6

 


           8

 

 

 


          

 

          10 

 .192"


 

.162"

 


              .135"

12

.105"

14

.080"

16

.063"

 

One other note about selecting the wire:  The mesh of the wire may be square such as 1/2"x1/2" or 1"x1".  Or it may be rectangular, such as 1"x1/2" or 3"x1/2".  Remember that the first number is the height of the space when the wire roll is standing on end.  The second number is the width of he space (left to right) when the  wire roll is standing on end.

Please be aware that the wire we sell comes from manufacturers with the highest standards for the quality of their wire.  Their manufacturing plants are in the United States, and the wire is manufactured to extremely tight tolerances.  Unlike cheaper wire found in mass-merchandise stores or in many farm stores, our wire will have very strong welds at each intersection, the wires will have very accurate spacing, and the wires will all run straight and true, with no racking.  It is impossible to build a respectable cage out of some of the wire that is on the market.  Also, the coating on the wire (galvanized or PVC) will be of the correct thickness and with the correct adhesiveness to it.  This is very important to the life of the wire and ensures resistance to rusting.

Most of the really bad wire is being imported from China.  We have had many representatives give us a roll or two to try, and invariably we would not sell the products we produced from our trials.  The wire was not even close to cage quality.  Even professionals can build some pretty awful looking cages with wire that is racked and has uneven spacing and welds that pop loose while cutting the wire.  So be aware that cheap is not a bargain at all in cage wire.

Speaking of price!  Over the last couple of years the price of metal has increased about 100%.  Often our suppliers quote our prices at the time of each order.  We do not know how long this increasing trend will continue, or if it will level off or decline.  The demand for metal in China to supply it's exploding manufacturing base is the prime reason for this increase.  As a result, the prices listed on the website for wire and other metal products are subject to change at any time.  Please bear with us during this time of unstable market prices.  Rest assured that we will do all we can to keep the prices as low as possible. 

Almost all of the wire we sell is in 100' rolls.  The width will be from 18" to 72".  Some of the 12 gauge rolls of wire are so heavy that they are sold in 50' rolls.  Be sure to take the length of the roll into consideration in determining the cost of your project.

 

 

 

Galvanized Wire by C.E. Shepherd Company
PVC Coated Wire by C.E. Shepherd Company