Originally Posted by lazy gardener
Love, love, love it. I have plenty of closet-maid shelving kicking around. I'm gonna have to make one of those, b/c the typical flexed wire cave just is not big enough for a large clutch of babies. This would easily do for those large broods. I like the use of tarp type feed bags also. I think that when I do mine, I'd like to stitch the tarp to the towel (so the tarp just covers the horizontal surface), and leave it so just fabric of the towel hangs down on all 4 sides of the frame.
Nice thing about the closet shelving is that you can cut it exactly the length you want it to be. (My husband brought home a bunch of it that they were throwing away at work so we got it free but it's not that expensive to purchase new.]
Here are a couple photos today showing the feed bag and end caps. ETA: This is way up high...it's been cold at night so I've left it out mostly for comfort for these big kiddos.
Poor photo but shows the whole thing.
I was in a hurry and used several layers of newspaper to put on top of the rack. Thought I'd replace it but it has worked just fine so I never bothered. Enough layers to cover the bars well.
You can see that I put a towel inside the feed bag then clipped it shut with a binder clip. The feed bag bottom seam hangs over on the left and this part hangs over a little on the right.
You can see the end cap on the upright bolts. Also look toward the back under the cord and you can see small end caps on one of the protruding cut ends. (That one is white.)
Hmmmm I didn't know that was under there!
3 big kids on top.
End cap again. If I remember correctly, these were for a small chair leg. The little white ones are sold in a pkg where the shelving is for... shelving!
Thanks to @henless for the washer/wing-nut inspiration. Thanks to @aart for the carriage bolt inspiration.
Edited by Leahs Mom - 5/11/16 at 4:37pm