Need ideas for catch pans

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Schroeder, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Coop
    I've nearly completed a double decker quail hutch. Each is 2ft wide x 6 ft long. I've designed them to have plastic trays under the hardware cloth floors to catch the...well you know. I've searched everywhere for plastic lids, the kind that would fit large storage bins. On-line and in stores I can't find any without having to buy the bins as well. I don't want to spend more on the catch pans than I spent on the entire hutch. I even posted an "items wanted" on Craigs list with no responses. Any ideas for cheap catch pans that aren't too heavy and are easy to clean?
  2. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    TSC sells plastic dog kennel "liners" that work well. That's what I used for under my peachicks' cage. If you don't live near a TSC, try a home improvement store (Lowe's, Home Depot) and look in the appliance section for the trays that you set under washing machines. [​IMG]

    ETA: trying to make sense before coffee
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2010
  3. zaylinda

    zaylinda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2009
    Tacoma WA
    I've seen large bins and lids sold separately at Wallies.
    Hope you can find something.
  4. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Coop
    Quote:I've seen these but they are at least $20 and I would need 4 or 6 of them. Maybe I'm just cheap, and/or unrealistic.
  5. jetto

    jetto Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 15, 2009
    Huron County, Ohio
    how about checking out Goodwill stores for old baking sheets. Also flea markets and Habitat for Humanity resale shops. Kristi
  6. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    You can find plastic boot trays at most hardware stores for around $5:

  7. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Menards has 12"x 24"x 2" plant flats for $ .99 each in their gardening department. I have some 2' X 8' and/or 2' x 16' coop areas that I'm putting these flats in as drop pans. I put one in front and one behind a roost made from a two-foot 4"x 4" with a 2"x 4" stacked on top of it, making it 6" high over the 2" high flats behind and in front of the roost.

    Edit: BTW, I just sprinkled some DE in each tray under and over some wood shavings; makes for easy cleanout.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2010
  8. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Coop
    Quote:Great suggestion! I'm off to Menards.
  9. ksukristin

    ksukristin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2009
    Mesa, Arizona
    I'm actually using a scrap piece of galvanized metal roofing at the moment- yes, it is wavy shaped which is funny, but it hoses off quite well and I already had it so I didn't have to buy anything. gotta love using stuff for things that aren't their original intended purpose! (my mother used to get so frustrated with me for that!)
  10. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    Your local autozone or advance discount auto parts carry large "oil catch pans" not the ones used for changing motor oil! These are only 1/2 inch tall. say 24-26 inches wide and 34-36 inches long. They are designed to place on your garage floor under the car and catch any slow oil leaks before in can get onto the floor and stain.. They're about 9-10 bucks each and galvanized metal..

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