2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Build Your Own Small Animal Cages
"We do everything the hard way, making edges smooth and notching corners so they aren't sharp," says Guy Cone, who runs the business with his wife Judith. "Safety of the animal and the people using the cages is our first concern. Doorways have wire trims to stiffen them, and door guards are extruded plastic to give a smooth edge."
The Cones build banks of cages for small animal and bird breeders as well as individual cages, which they wholesale in the Pacific Northwest. They also sell direct locally and via the internet.
Because they use all domestic materials, Quality Cage building parts are more expensive than some cages. But they say their attention to detail makes the parts worth the extra cost.
"We spent quite a bit on machinery to flatten cage wire before we start building the cages," says Cone. "We use metal clips to secure the cage sides, not hog rings or plastic. And, we use galvanized or powder coated metal trays instead of plastic."
Pet owners and animal breeders alike can order cages assembled or knocked down for shipping and ready to be assembled. For do-it-yourselfers, wire netting or screening is available by the roll in a variety of sizes, lengths, gauges and widths. The company also offers door latches, handles, spring and hook assemblies, galvanized steel trays and safety edge strips.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Guy Cone, Quality Cage Co., 5942 SE 111th Ave., Portland, Ore. 97266 (ph 503 762-2607 or 888 762-2336; email: sales @qualitycage.com; website: www. qualitycage.com or www.qualitycage parts.com).
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