Poultry cages?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by horsechick, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    Are there any affordable poultry cages that you can put only 2-3 in, like show birds etc?
    Thanks for any suggestions.
    Angela
     
  2. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cages seem kinda expensive to me.Did you ever think about building some?Once you seen one,they are not that hard to build.Maybe if you only wanted one,it may be cheaper to buy.If you wanted more I'd say buy a roll of wire and make some.Strombergs has a few nice books on cagebuilding. Will
     
  3. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i bought a small dog cage for 30 dollars and it works great. you could put two adult chickens in it easy.
     
  4. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep an eye out. Sometimes you just get lucky. We found a bunch of dog crates in lowes that they were trying to get rid of. We got a large one for about $25. I'd keep an eye out in stores and Craig's list. You might also post a wanted add in Craig's list.
     
  5. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built mine. I would do a couple things differently next time though. One problem I encountered was the wire cutting me. So I just located the wire cage door guards online and will be placing an order very soon. I got my plans from this site....

    http://www.poultryhelp.com/cages.html

    I have a couple different sizes. One is mostly like theres. Another is shorter and taller. I like the shorter/taller ones better but I do think they should be longer. I may combine some.

    I use j-clips like they do to combine the wire and use a 1/2" x 1/2" wire for the floor. It'll need supports though as it tends to sag.
     
  6. Mikeeeeeeeeee

    Mikeeeeeeeeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going into production on "show" carriers after many requests from people at the auction.
    I built mine from scraps laying around the house. It is what the old timers call a Mailbox cage.
    It has wooden ends, one with a sliding door.
    Wooden struts connecting the two with 1/2" hardware cloth all around and a raised bottom.
    I'm at work and don't have a picture, but I have one at home that I will post tonight if you are interested.
    The boxes are 24" long, 18" tall and 12" wide. Last Friday night I bought two Buff orpingtons at the auction and they fit with room enough for probably 2-3 more.

    I have already gotten production parts cut at a local shop that has a CNC Waterjet machine.
    These parts are better than saw cut and are all identical in every way.

    My wife is going to do the assembly. She is meticulous.

    PM me if you are interested.
     
  7. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow, this is really great! I will have to read this more closely and see how you made those cages, they are awesome!
    Would be great for bantam breeders, keeping them inside, barn or garage, and seperated pairs.
    We use a lot of cages we got at garage sales, off craigslist, etc..
    They work great but after going to a couple shows and seeing the nice little show cages, .....lol!

    We bought a wooden carry cage, with 3 holes for $20 at a show this weekend, AWESOME!. If he would have had more I would have bought more, the other guy there wanted $100.....nuts.

    Thanks all for the ideas!
    Appreciate it,
    Angela
     
  8. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where did you get the wire for this?
    Thanks
     
  9. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feed store carries the wire and actually my feed store has all the types of wire I need, j-clips and the j-clip pliers to use with it. I'm sure if you need a special wire size they'll get it for you. You can look at Lowe's or Home Depot or any other home improvement warehouse and they'll have a lot of wire. Ours don't have the 1 x 2" wire though so I got it at the feed store.
     
  10. sussexgal

    sussexgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Please post photo?
     

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