Sugar Glider Community Calendar

Please click here to see larger view
More coming soon!!
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
Featured Member
Registered: 02/16/14
Posts: 187
Last 10 Posts
Three weeks in, first timer, questions .
by Lisa11
Today at 04:42 AM
New odor issue??
by AlyCatz
Yesterday at 09:19 PM
RIP Spencer
by Ladymagyver
Yesterday at 08:18 PM
Dear Crabby
by Terry
Yesterday at 07:26 PM
Is a glider right for me?
by Ladymagyver
Yesterday at 03:16 PM
Blindnedd in red eye gliders
by Srlb
12/10/17 10:54 AM
Lighter Gliders??
by AlyCatz
12/09/17 10:14 PM
Bing, bing, bing.... It's
by Terry
12/09/17 07:13 PM
Happy Birthday Nejwig
by KarenE
12/08/17 09:15 AM
Round 3 the swelling starts
by Terry
12/08/17 07:45 AM

Join Us On Facebook
Topic Options
#1388874 - 04/11/15 08:32 PM Advice on building a cage?
apollo Offline
New Member

Registered: 04/11/15
Posts: 3
Loc: Louisiana
I have an old cage meant for large birds in storage that, assuming I can figure out what type of wood is used in part of it, should be great for a pair of sugar gliders. It's plenty large enough. But, eventually, I'd like to build them something bigger and more tailored to the needs of a sugar glider, even if the one I have is good for them. I was thinking it could be done like puzzle pieces, to be put together in various ways that could make different sizes and shapes of cages based on the size and shape of the room it's in. They could be pulled apart to clean and move. This would probably be the most expensive way to do it though.

Anyways, what are some of the things to watch out for in building a custom cage for your gliders?

Current Research, Studies & Resources
#1388875 - 04/11/15 09:11 PM Re: Advice on building a cage? [Re: apollo]
Terry Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 04/29/12
Posts: 5072
Loc: Maryland
Most home made cages are these types Example

Many people customize from this style and have posted "how to" . Searching Google Search for them will give you a bigger variety of designs created and maybe give you ideas to create your own design. Perhaps you can attach the hardware clothe to the pvc panels and then bolt panels together in a way that can be taken apart and possibly reformed or added to to increase/decrease size. I personally have never made one or even seen one in person, but I know they're fairly popular for customized cages that cuts costs.
Lives with:
1 God
1 dog, (Willow)
2 Sugies, (Ollie & Skadoosh)
R.I.P. Lulu (2/28/12-10/13/17)

#1389742 - 05/07/15 09:34 AM Re: Advice on building a cage? [Re: apollo]
sassafras Offline
Joey Member

Registered: 03/15/15
Posts: 99
Loc: us
the only thing i have gathered about making your own cage from wood is making sure you sand it and coat it with sealer properly I have been dieing to make my own cage using wood but there's not to much out there that i could find about ones for sugar gliders the puzzle piece idea sounds really cool though! would love to see pic's!

#1389760 - 05/08/15 09:32 AM Re: Advice on building a cage? [Re: apollo]
Kris_N_Zoe Offline
Glider Slave

Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 1816
Loc: Longview, Texas
You mentioned that it was a cage for larger birds, please check the bar spacing before using it for gliders. The spacing should not be more than 1/2 inch wide and no gaps larger than that anywhere on the cage. Good luck with your cage, we'll be waiting for pics! :gluck:
Pibble pup Jenson jump Glide free: Smoke (6/16/15) and Zoey (10/2/15) :rbridge:

#1389763 - 05/08/15 10:18 AM Re: Advice on building a cage? [Re: apollo]
CandyOtte Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 09/03/08
Posts: 5138
Loc: Lutz Florida
assuming I can figure out what type of wood is used in part of it

Just as important as the type of wood is - How well was it cleaned if the cage was previously used for birds?

Wood is not generally recommended for glider cages because it absorbs urine and is difficult to clean and sanitize. If the cage was previously used for birds, it may retain the odor of the birds and really cause your gliders to over mark the cage including the wood parts. If the wood was not well sealed, it will quickly become very smelly.

The wire spacing and the TYPE OF WIRE also needs to be considered. Galvanized wire of any type is not safe for gliders. As said, the spacing of the wire is also important. Any space larger that 1/2 inch will allow most gliders to just slip out between the bars.

If you use the bird cage or build your own, think about how you plan to clean the cage. While we all want huge glider mansions, it is very helpful to keep the cage size to a manageable one. Unless you are building a walk in cage - Keep the dimensions of the cage design so you can reach all interior spaces of the cage for both cleaning and for hanging glider pouches, wheels and toys. You may not want a cage that has areas where your glider can get into that are totally out of your reach especially when the gliders are new to you and may still be afraid of your hands.

Keeping a cage sized so that you can easily take it outside now and then for a good scrubbing and thorough hose rinsing is also important.
Candy Otte
& the Glider Kids
Sassy, Corky, Mehitabel & Missy
Wacco, Yacco, & Dot
Mindy, Kanobles, Elmo, & Chipper


Moderator:  Feather, KarenE, Ladymagyver, Philwojo 
Sugar Glider Help Page

Please click above to see how you can help!!

Who's Online
0 registered (), 14 Guests and 16 Spiders online.
Key: Owner, Admin, Mod
Newest Members
Lisa11, JessicaSound, MRK, Ronin, shelby
6447 Registered Users
Forum Stats
11 posts in the last 24hrs
6447 Members
134 Forums
8986 Topics
148614 Posts

Max Online: 478 @ 07/15/07 01:24 AM
Last 10 New Topics
Three weeks in, first timer, questions .
by Lisa11
Today at 04:42 AM
RIP Spencer
by Cora
Yesterday at 04:58 PM
New odor issue??
by AlyCatz
12/08/17 05:37 PM
Lighter Gliders??
by AlyCatz
12/08/17 05:25 PM
Bing, bing, bing.... It's
by Terry
12/08/17 09:33 AM
Blindnedd in red eye gliders
by mechnut450
12/08/17 06:28 AM
Happy Birthday Nejwig
by Feather
12/07/17 05:33 PM
Been Distracted...
by Ladymagyver
12/06/17 07:25 PM
Introductions - two male Joey's meeting 8 year old recently single
by 3dymondsgliders
12/05/17 03:57 PM
is the stuff critter love sells the same as the HPW mix??
by Athena26
12/05/17 03:48 PM
(Views)Popular Topics
I just found a lump on Timmy's chest--HELP! 20204889
Spencer needs your prayers/good thoughts 12468297
TEXAS 658347
Pitbull biter needs advice/help 606695
OHIO 518888
Member Titles 460555
URGENT - Genetic Flaw discovered 352158
Supported Browser
This site was tested and is best viewed in Google Chrome & Mozilla FireFox

Firefox 3

Download your copy today!!!