Homemade Chicken transport boxes

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Sundown_Farmer, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Sundown_Farmer

    Sundown_Farmer Chirping

    Apr 2, 2010
    Non-Chicago, Illinois
    My son and I built 5 of these transport boxes and used them this weekend.
    http://www.apppa.org/xBuild your Own.doc

    They were perfect. I had 52 birds to process and they held them overnight securely. Cleanup was easy with just a little scraping. Mine are 10" tall and I ripped 1/4" slats out of 2x6 scraps. I believe they would have cost $14 each if built out of new material. The hardware is the expensive part. The hardware screws stuck through the wood so I ground them flat. Maybe 30 minutes for cut out and assembly.

    I also made their cones some time ago. I used 20" metal and made the bottom 14" instead of 17". Using their design my birds were flipping over and twisting around. I also rolled the inside edge of the metal so it wouldn't cut the chicken's skin. Experience is a good teacher.
  2. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    thanks for posting this. I was looking for something to make my own crates. I have Turkeys, Chickens and Rabbits these would work great for.
  3. 95yj

    95yj Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    Central Vermont
    large vegetable crates that farms use to transport small amounts of produce in work really well too if you can get you hands on them. or my favorite: cardboard boxes.
  4. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I cant get the link to open; what program does it use?
  5. buckeyejerseygiants

    buckeyejerseygiants In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2010
    It should open in Microsoft Word.
  6. mchl

    mchl Chirping

    Jul 30, 2010
    bannana box with chicken wire zipp tied over top works real well
  7. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Quote:Thanks, I got it.
    I dont ever buy more than 4-5 hens at a time, so using a medium dog/cat carrier or 2 works for me.
  8. DeeTee

    DeeTee In the Brooder

    Oct 1, 2008
    Desbarats, Ontario
    Could you please repost? Your link seems to be broken...
  9. plmbloco48

    plmbloco48 Chirping

    Mar 23, 2015
    Could milk crates be used?
  10. big medicine

    big medicine custom Brahmas

    Mar 6, 2009
    A potential drawback to using high sided crates/cages for transport is the potential for piling and either smothering, or overheating, and not just with youngsters. I once sent some pretty much grown large fowl Brahmas along with someone who was in the area picking up some adult large fowl Brahmas. They came with a very large dog crate, plenty of room, tarped in the back of a pick up, late fall. When they got back home, they found the birds had all piled on top of each other in the front of the crate, losing several. There is a reason commercial chicken crates are about one chicken tall.

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