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Anyone make their own transport crates?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by AnthonyT, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. AnthonyT

    AnthonyT In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2008
    Franklin, KY
    I was wondering if anyone builds their own transport crates for getting birds to the processor? The processor I use requires they be crated. I have the numbers of a few people that sell crates, but wow is the price high for a box made out of venthilated plastic. Any adivce would be appreciated. Thanks,

  2. Poler

    Poler In the Brooder

    Jul 1, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM
    portable dog cages
  3. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i process birds that i get from other people. when i go pick them up, i bring a large plastic storage container from the discount store with air holes poked in the top. the birds are calm because it's dark and it makes them easier to catch and keep because you can just lift the corner of the lid and put them in there. the others who are still waiting are calmer as it is dark.
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I make my own crates for several different reasons but they would work fine for that too. It's very simple. Took me about 2 hours...would have taken less but I had to go hunt for some things too. If you want directions let me know I can make some up. And I have some pics too if you want to see them.

    What you need is screws, 2x2's, hardware cloth and some hinges...oh and a drill and drill bit/screwdriver bit would be nice too. My crates are about 2x2 or 3x3 depending on what I need them for. I have six so far, all different sizes.
  5. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Songster

    May 1, 2008
    I saw photos from a ChickenStock that showed homemade crates made from produce cartons and chickenwire. That's what I'd do. I am nowhere near qualifying as handy.
  6. AnthonyT

    AnthonyT In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2008
    Franklin, KY
    Some pics of the crates would be good. I can probably figure out what you did from a few pics.
  7. pdpatch

    pdpatch Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hastings, Nebraska

  8. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Songster

    May 22, 2007
    St. Johns, Michigan
    Quote:That's really cool. I posted a similar question in June, but I didn't get any replies with this much info. I just might have to build some, so I can stop borrowing them from my friends every time I need to go to the processor.
  9. firem3

    firem3 Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Odenville Alabama
    most people overbuild them i think. I've made several out of 1x2" cage wire, at least thats what we always called it, and j clips. all you do is cut the wire the size you want cut ends outn of the same wire J clip it all together and there you go. do the door the same way just cut it large enough to get the birds in and out easily, cut the lid to overlap it and use j clips for the hinges just dont tighten them down as much, 30 mins tops to make.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2008
  10. starshrike

    starshrike Songster

    Apr 10, 2008
    Not sure how many birds you have or how long the trip will be, but I've transported some chickens (not the food variety) in some discarded produce boxes. If you have supermarkets, Costco, etc, you can probably find some.

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