Transport to the processor-make a crate?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Firefighter Chick, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Firefighter Chick

    Firefighter Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2011
    Southeast Minnesota
    In preparation to P-day (processing day) I have checked around for prices for the best deal for processing. Next on the agenda is, how do i get the birds there?!? The plastic chicken crates seem a little pricey. Anyone make their own chicken crates? I have about 35 birds to process.
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Can you borrow some dog crates?

    Or just go get some big cardboard boxes from the grocery store or area recycle center (if you have one).
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  3. centrefarm

    centrefarm New Egg

    Aug 8, 2011
    We made a crate out of an old pallet and some chicken wire. Not fancy but it does the job.
  4. big medicine

    big medicine custom Brahmas

    Mar 6, 2009
    Be carefull if traveling very far, not to make the crate/pen too tall, so they don't pile up and smother. There's a reason chicken crates are built low.
  5. Thomas423

    Thomas423 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Port Deposit, MD
    I used cardboard boxes. I put 2 in each box. The darkness helped them to settle down for the ride.
  6. jaketheeggman

    jaketheeggman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2010
    Green Bay WI
    Make a cage out of chicken wire. This allows you to pack them tight and not over heat because if you have a truck and put them in the bed it gives them a nice bress
  7. moonsynth

    moonsynth Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2011
    What is the proper height for a crate? Can the bottom be chicken wire or should it be a smaller opening mesh like 1/2"?
  8. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Be careful not to travel when hot, either. See my post about giving my bird a heart attack. I moved my bird ten feet, into a somewhat familiar (they had slept there in a couple of storms) chicken coop, just ten feet from their normal area that they hang out. Combined with the heat, it was enough to kill one of my birds. It really convinced me, if I wasnt already convinced, that doing my own processing, is the right thing to do.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  9. Moonkssd

    Moonkssd Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2011
    Marietta, Pa
    I made my own crate out of 2x3s and chicken wire. It wasnt pretty but it did the job.
    I later found a new wire folding dog crate for 6.00 at the thrift store.
  10. big medicine

    big medicine custom Brahmas

    Mar 6, 2009
    Quote:I would make the bottom solid, wire bottom would be troublesome with toes going through the wire when moving the crate. Plus would keep birds below cleaner if crates are stackable.

    Height, depending on size of birds, tall enough to stand in, but not so tall that they will try to climb up over their pen mates.

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