poop catcher ---> poop sled

Discussion in 'Quail' started by fitzy, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. fitzy

    fitzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, i posted this pic a few days ago in a thread about cage design and i have gotten alot of questions about the "poop catcher" underneath...

    The poop catcher is made of 55 gal barrels cut in half lengthwise with another section placed in the middle to make it long enough (7'4") and screwed together with some scrap wood. They were'nt difficult to make at all, but watch out for the jigsaw/sawzall blades because they will bite!!! I'm gonna try to take pics when i make the next one in order to show the process....

    I placed the poop catchers under my cages and they worked better than i expected. I just cleaned them and the stuff that missed yesterday and cleaning time was DRASTICALLY cut down. I simply drilled a 1/2" hole in one end and hooked a chain to my lawntractor and drug them into the pasture and flipped them over. I did whack them a couple times with an old shovel handle to make sure it all came unstuck....then i took a hose and sprayed them out to get the remaining poop and put them back to use.

    They seem to be pretty sturdy, but i think i might reinforce the end i tow from because there was some flex. My idea is that during the winter months i can wait at least 2 weeks between cleaning and possibly more depending on the weather.....in KS there's always at least one random warm day during the winter months. The test run was after 2 weeks and went flawlessly.

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    The one in the middle is the one that had some flex to it....i have about 50 coturnix in that cage and they poop so much it looks like rain!
     
  2. ksukristin

    ksukristin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey I commented on these when you posted them before- they are really cool. Whereabouts are you in KS? I'm not from KS but I went to college in manhattan- have friends in lawrence and KC and my folks are in wichita. [​IMG]

    Cool idea- I'm always looking for good ideas for poo-control LOL thanks for sharing!
     
  3. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking about raising some myself as well. How big are your cages and how many will it hold.
     
  4. fitzy

    fitzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    kristin....i live outside wamego, but work in manhattan. *hint* if you got a piercing while at school there's a 50% chance it was done by me!

    Taz...my cages are 20"D x 7'L x 8" H. I designed the stands, feeders and poop catcher, but the plans for the cage can be found here...... www.renegaderidgefarms.com

    I personally house up to 50 adult coturnix or 100 juveniles per unit. They're packed a little tight but the males don't seem to mind [​IMG]
     
  5. First To Hatch

    First To Hatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The plans are really good I have them to, and they inspire you to make adjustments to suite yourself.
     
  6. ksukristin

    ksukristin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fitzy- cool [​IMG] I knew a few people from wamego! cool to meet people on here [​IMG]

    you're rockin a lot of birds! that is awesome.
     
  7. fitzy

    fitzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got 550 in my buddy's cooker due out tomorrow, and another 300 due out next tues....gonna have to build more homes!

    If anyone in the kansas area is interested, contact me and i can sell you some.....or A LOT [​IMG]
     
  8. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have just worked out some poop trays for our quail cages...and built cages with roll out egg trays. I used tin for a slanted poop tray catch and then a gutter system to rinse the tray into and out the quail building. I will get pictures when I get the water cups in and everything finalized. I had big black bins I used for catching and then would dump them also. It got old real fast. Too much smell and too many flies.
     
  9. fitzy

    fitzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That sounds pretty cool! I can't wait to see the pics.
     

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