|Overview of Cage Materials
Any front door, back, side, top or bottom
can be made out of acryclic, glass, stainless steel wire, thermofused
laminate, aluminate laminate panel, or perforated aluminum. The
standard material for your cage will vary, depending on what setup you
choose (see center insert for standard configurations). These panels
are all interchangeable and can be switched or replaced at any time
without having to purchase a new cage. Below is an overview of all the
materials our cages can be made with.
Anodized Aluminum Frame
Standard for all our cage frames. Made
from extruded aluminum that is hardened and anodized black. Aluminum
is an excellent material because it is strong and will never rust or
corrode. The anodized finish also adds significant durability to the
product, making it much more difficult to scratch and is very
attractive. This material also makes our cages great for outdoor use.
Aluminum completely surrounds edges
with plenty of room for sealant inside the frame if desired to
prevent warping or swelling with extreme moisture.
Thermofused Laminate Panels
We have a selection of 4 different wood
grains and 2 granite colors available. Click
here to see color chart. The surface, front and back of the panels
are a very hard, durable, washable, non-porous material (similar to a
kitchen counter top). This makes any outside or inside surface of the
cage resistant to harboring bacteria, odor, or waste, and very easy to
clean. Many modular furniture pieces you find in a catalog or
department store are made with a much weaker vinyl surface that has a
similar look but can tend to peel. The material we use is much more
It is recommended to seal the edges of
any laminate panel with silicone frame sealant. This can also be
purchased at any hardwood store. This will prevent the edges of the
panel from swelling due to moisture. It is very easy to seal the edges
of the panels with our cage design because the aluminum completely
surrounds the edges of the panels creating a good spot out of sight to
apply a bead of silicone. If you are uncomfortable with having to seal
the edges in extreme moisture situations, we recommend getting a
moisture proof panel substitution described below. Below is the
selection of panel colors available. Black granite is the standard,
but you may substitute any color with no additional charge. Also, you
can have a custom background laminated to your back panel for a
Any panel of our cages either comes
standard with or can have the option of clear acrylic as a material.
One of the hardest forms of clear plastic available, hard to scratch
Excellent UV properties - very clear and will not yellow except in
the most extreme circumstances (takes about 10 years of direct
sunlight to start to yellow).
5 times stronger than glass and is extremely hard to break with side
impact. In tests, a 14” x 20” tightly clamped piece of the same
thickness we use can withstand a 45mph fast ball without breaking (our
cages can withstand a great deal more because the panels are larger
and the edges are not tightly clamped).
We do not drill any holes in the panels for fastening. Rather, all
panels slide snugly into grooves in the framework of the enclosures.
Drilled holes leave vulnerable spots for cracking and breaking. With
our design, it is nearly impossible for very large birds, reptiles, or
small animals to break out.
Stainless Steel Wire - Great for
Crimp-locked stainless steel wire.
Stronger than carbon or standard steel, rust-proof, no toxic coatings.
Available in 4 sizes.
Click here to see wire sizes
Any panel of our cages either comes standard with or can have the
option of stainless steel wire as a material.
We are extremely confident that a macaw or other strong destructive
bird is NOT going to be able to chew through it. Most cages have welds
that create a soft point at the joint of the steel. We commonly have
bird owners call us to buy a cage because their bird broke the welds
in their current cage. This can not happen with our cages. In
addition, most cages with a welded construction use a secondary coat
to hide the welds because the welding process leaves burn marks.
Standard opening size for an H3 cage is 1” x 1”. This is the most
common size required for birds, reptiles, and small animals. For an H2
cage, the standard opening side is 3/4” x 3/4”. We also have 1 1/2” x
1 1/2”, 1/2” x 1/2”, and heavy duty 1” x 1” openings. The wider the
opening, the heavier the gauge wire. The smaller openings can be used
for applications where you do not want crickets, smaller birds, or
reptiles to escape.
Seed Skirts - More details
Out Tray Systems
Our pull our floors and trays are made to easily remove without having
to open the door of the bird aviary! Our tray system interlocks and
fastens securely to the bottom of the cage. The trays are made of an
extruded aluminum frame and aluminum laminate bottom to make them easy
to clean and safe from the elements. Our pull out floors can come with
many wire opening sized making it impossible for your bird to get to
the mess in the tray. More
Heavy Duty Casters
Perfect when you want lighting and
heating elements to sit on top of the cage and not have access for the
animals to get to them.
Allows for ample ventilation where air flow is desired. Round
staggered holes also help diffuse the light so you are not looking
directly at the bright lighting fixtures from outside the cage.
Aluminum material will not rust and will last very long in virtually
Openings are 3/16" in diameter and spaced 1/4" apart, with
approximately 51% open space; small enough for crickets to not get
through but large enough to allow sufficient light, heat, and air flow
to enter the cage.
Aluminum Laminate Panels
Any panel of your enclosure can have
aluminum laminate panels substituted for your standard panel. The
panels have a black coated aluminum on both sides with a PVC or ABS
core. Our aluminum laminate panels hold up extremely well in very wet
conditions, are scratch resistant, light weight, and extremely sturdy
(stronger and lighter than our thermofused laminate panels). It is
highly recommended to use aluminum laminate whenever your cage is
being used for outdoor purposes or other high moisture circumstances.
Because the thermofused laminate comes in a better variety of colors,
is much less expensive (reduces price of cage), and is ideal for most
circumstances, we make laminate our standard and offer the aluminum
laminate panel as an upgrade at an additional charge. These panels are
available in black only, see center insert for substitution pricing.
We prefer acrylic because it is much
lighter weight as well as 5 times stronger and safer, glass can be
used in place of any panel in most circumstances. However, we do not
supply the glass because of the risk of damage in transit. Instead, we
will subtract the price of the standard panel from the cost of your
cage and you will have to get glass panels cut locally.
We will give you dimensions to have your glass panels cut
immediately when you order so you have them done by the time you get
your cage. Local glass dealers usually can have custom pieces cut
within 1-2 days, however, we strongly recommend talking with one of
our sales associates before choosing a glass option.