show chicken cages

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by roycattle, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. roycattle

    roycattle Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2010
    I am new to the project. When you cage your show chickens individualy how big are the cages. How soon before show do i need to seperate them? Is wire bottom ok? Thanks for any advice.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2011
  2. averytds

    averytds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    We usually start 8-12 weeks out depending on how much conditioning the bird needs. Our cage sizes range from 4 sq ft (say for a bantam) to 18 sq ft ( 2 large fowl). Most are 6-8 sq ft. Sometimes we just separate into smaller coops/runs or tractors. Really just depends on the birds.

    We prefer to use shavings for bedding. We get more breakage of feathers on our feather-footed breeds with wire and it's proven easier to clean. Once a week we go through with a tub, dustpan and brush and sweep them out. If I do it, I often do a quick sweep with the shopvac.

    Each bird gets handled everyday even if only for a routine inspection. Birds being considered for showmanship get handled more.

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