Transportation Cages

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by enggass, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    Where can I find a low cost Poultry Trans Cage to take my birds for processing?
    The cheapest I can seem to find online are around $60... What do you all use?
    Something that can hold around 10 birds +/- and can be loaded into a pickup.

  2. DianeS

    DianeS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2010
    Does your processor allow you to use a dog crate? That's what most people around here use - the size for a German Shepherd or Golden Retriever. They can be purchased used for $10-$15 usually. (At least here.)
  3. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2009
    New Mexico
    I use our rabbit carrier when we need to move the birds. I had 13 pullets in a 3 hole/section carrier yesterday when the wind was trying to flip their pen over. Full grown I can usually fit 2 birds per hole when we go to the fair. I made my own but bass equipment has them up to 3 holes.
  4. CDennis

    CDennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    I use a dog crate, large one. Just make sure your processor allows it. I think some don't.
  5. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    check with your processor, some let you come and get carriers the day before from them
  6. RoosterGeek

    RoosterGeek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2010
    Lebanon, TN
    Produce (banana and apple/orange) boxes work well as long as they are the taller ones. And supermarkets usually throw them away. Banana boxes are pretty heavy duty, but the more spindly ones could have a cut of cardboard put in the bottom to stiffen it up.

    I wouldn't think that your processor would have a problem with something that previously held food. [​IMG]

    I personally just put my bird in trunk of my Corolla and lined it with feed bags and a tarp beforehand. I think took a scrap piece of 2 X 4 welded wire fence and bent it to cover the trunk opening before closing the lid. The processor I used just transferred them to their crates as needed. Beware though, if you do this, the country boys will roll with laughter upon seeing it. [​IMG]

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