*PICS* of my Cackle babies at 3 weeks

Moonwalker

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I evicted the goats to the great outdoors and gave over their cage to the chicks. They love the extra space!

Of course, Rocky had to come see who was in the cage THIS time

Starting to get adult feathers!


Nap time

They like the new head/neck rests

Still wondering what this one with the eye makeup is, also the one in the back with the mohawk

and wondering if these are BO's?

The dog was being so quiet, I had forgotten she was in the house. DH suddenly asked where she was. I went back to the Critter Room:

 

Moonwalker

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I got 10 Araucana (or EE's) pullets, and the Happy Cackle special which was supposed to have 2 ducks, 2 geese, and 2 turkeys. I didn't want to wait till April for the geese, so they sent me 6 ducks
 

Moonwalker

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Quote:That cage was originally built for an iguana I wasgetting as a foster. Then my orphan goats were in it, now the chicks. I LOVE multi-purpose things!
The frame is made of 3/4" PVC pipe and enclosed with plastic mesh. It has a shelf across half of it which when not used for climbing critters is great for storing feed, puppy pads, and hanging heat lamps from!
 

Chickerdoodle13

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How neat! I love it!

How do you get into it? That was one problem I always ran into with PVC frames. Never could work out a door!
 

Moonwalker

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Quote:here is a pic of the front

you just put a T in the center (or wherever you want the door), put in a vertical bar and make a square/rectangle that fits the opening. I used ZipTies for the hinges
There should actually be a horizontal bar across the door itself for stability. I forgot to put it in, but I will one of these days
 
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red-hen

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Your PVC cage is really nifty. I had researched how to use PVC as an outdoor frame ... and your indoor cage now gave me new ideas. I think if you used hardware cloth instead of the plastic mesh you'd have an outdoor safe-from-predators enclosure. For outdoors I think you just need to make sure it is heavy enough to withstand winds ... I wonder if adding heavy wheels would make it heavy enough? Anyway - love your cages - Very neat.

I saw on this page how to make hinges if anyone is interested:
http://www.pvcplans.com/hinges.htm
 

Moonwalker

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If you put a 4-way connector instead of a T at the top of one of the braces, (leaving an open hole at the top) you can then simply use the hose to fill the entire frame with water to add weight to it. Then just put a cap on it and it will be much more stable. If you are afraid of it being topheavy, just fill until the bottom and the first few inches of the sides are full. If you use just a bottom frame (like for a hoop coop) you can even fill it with sand.
 

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