How to build a killing cone.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by price403, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. price403

    price403 In the Brooder

    Aug 17, 2010
    Ivydale, WV
    I decided that my first post should be informative. Here are instructions for building your own killing cones for broiler sized (4-8 lbs.) chickens. The final dimensions are 9" top opening, 4" bottom opening and a length corresponding to the width of flashing you use.

    Hand Riveter
    1/8" drill bit
    Magic Marker or Grease Pencil
    Framing Square

    14"-16" wide roll of aluminum flashing or a 16"x30" rectangle of galvanized sheet metal.
    Three 1/8"x1/4" aluminum rivets per cone

    Step 1. Cut a piece of 14"-16" wide aluminum flashing to a length of just over 30".
    Step 2. Find the center of both long sides and make a mark connecting them using a square.
    Step 3. On 1 of the long sides measure 15" from the center mark each way.
    Step 4. On the other long side measure 7" from the center mark each way.
    Step 5. Connect the end of of one 15" mark to the corresponding 7" mark. Repeat for the other side.
    You'll end up with a trapezoid that looks like this.
    Step 6. Score the diagonal lines with a utility knife and fold gently away from the cut to tear the waste pieces off.
    Here's what you'll end up with.
    Step 7. Mark a line parallel to one cut edge 1 1/2" in.
    It will look like this.
    Step 8. Roll the metal up so that the marked side is overlapped to the line and clamp it. Drill a hole in the overlapping portion near the top, middle and bottom of the cone. Put a rivet in the hole from the INSIDE. The head of the rivet will be on the inside and is smooth. This way there is nothing for the bird to get snagged or cut on inside the cone.
    Step 9. Drill one or two holes near the top of the cone to hang it by.
    There you have it. One killing cone that can be cut out and assembled in less than 5 minutes.
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  2. redturtle

    redturtle Songster

    Apr 3, 2010
    stanardsville, va
    very good detail...have been trying to get DH to make one...should be really easy for him took all the guesswork out of it...thnx much
  3. geepy

    geepy Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
    central FL
    Very nice. I use an old traffic cone that I cut the top off, mounted to a post. It works well and is weather proof.
    If I didn't have a cone laying around your instructions are great.
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  4. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Great details!! I was going to build one but ran out of time before butchering and ended up buying a couple of medium sized traffic cones at Lowes and cut the tips off. They worked great and there was no danger of the kids getting their hands cut.

    Welcome to BYC
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  5. cjdmashley

    cjdmashley Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    great instruction! we decided to go with the old until you see the first signs of road construction.... [​IMG]
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  6. price403

    price403 In the Brooder

    Aug 17, 2010
    Ivydale, WV
    Quote:Thanks. I love this site. SO much information for anyone willing to search the archives.
    Actually if you use aluminum flashing there are no sharp edges exposed. I used to fabricate patterns out of flashing for things I needed around the farm and have never been cut on it. Now galvanized steel on the other hand is razor sharp especially if you use tin snips to cut it. I cut the back of two fingers to the bone not long ago right as I was finishing my last cut on a piece for a rabbit feeder. I now cut steel with shears like you use to trim vinyl siding. It leaves a slightly rounded edge that is not nearly as sharp and is almost impossible to get cut on. You can also roll the edges of steel for added safety. A ball peen hammer and a piece of round steel bar work perfectly.
  7. toto65

    toto65 Chirping

    Jun 26, 2010
    Holland, VT
    Have you ever made a cone for Turkey's? I use the traffic cone for my chickens but it is WAY too small for turkeys.
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  8. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    In the last picture, what is the tool between the handles of the pop-riveter?
  9. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Songster

    Jun 21, 2010
    Okarche Oklahoma
    Judging by your measurments and cone size or appearence so to speak keep in mind that really large birds Persay CxR then they wont really fit in the cone and you will have to keep adjusting it which has to be miserable for a bird. Only saying this from experience using a pattern simular to this one measurments were roughly the same also. Notice in pic how I had to do a last minute mutilation to the cone to adjust for size of my CxR [​IMG] So when building it for larger birds be sure to make it really wide at the top and not so long. Hope this saves someones bird from having to suffer by constantly being tossed into a cone till you can reach its short stubby neck.
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  10. price403

    price403 In the Brooder

    Aug 17, 2010
    Ivydale, WV
    Quote:It's a sheet metal punch. I got it when I used to do a lot of HVAC work. It was used then but has punched thousands of holes for me. It's the greatest tool for sheet metal fabrication. The punching die is getting dull and I have trouble punching holes in anything thicker than 28 gauge steel. It used to punch holes in 22 gauge steel. I'm going to order a new one from Harbor Freight but will probably keep this one for making mock ups out of flashing.

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