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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 3:10 pm 
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Here is a shot of the old pen to show why i needed a new chook pen.
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This is a "Before" shot of the frame i was given. I had already removed some old rubbish and put the braces (blue) into the bottom when i took this.
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This shot shows the Pekin Palace almost done. Will complete the roosts and a few smaller details when time allows it.
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I stood back to take a look at the pen before placing the mesh on the front and it ocurred to me that this cage had a lot of wasted space due to it's height, which was to allow me access without bending, then the idea of making built in training cages came to me.
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I was a little sorry halfway through the project that I'd decided to add the training cages but now that i am almost done i am excited to use them. Some poor rooster will have to get locked up to satify my need to try them out :D First i need to come up with a few doors for them. I have been given some cage fronts which i have painted black also. I only have three of them though which is a bit of a bummer. No doubt another one will turn up when i need it. The large black box at the bottom is actually half of a old tin nest box run from an old fashioned egg farm. There are 4 segments in it for the hens but as usual they will of course make use of only one :roll: It was quite rusty so it was duly cleaned up and painted.
Most of the year it's very hot, for the cold months, i plan to have a green canvas tarp on the left side to keep some of the wind out.
So there you have it, several months of learning how to do all this stuff and waiting till hubby was out of the way so i could do things the way "I" wanted it. :lol:
$140 Paint
$60 25x25mm mesh
$50 20mm box section
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$250 TOTAL
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All the screws, timber, hinges and other bits were given to me or scavenged over time. I pull apart old timber beds and other junk anyone else would throw or burn, most of it gets used in the end. I used several bits of angle steel from an old water bed that had screw holes ready made to hold the timber sides of the training cages in place.
Cheers all, C.

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What a wonderful job, when do I bring my Polish Poodles over to their new home? LOL

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Not a bad effort at all. Painting the front black helps to see in better too.

I'm sure you'll find those extra cages handy for all sorts of inconvieniences which arise. Like broody hens if you don't want them broody, roosters (as you already mentioned) and birds being picked on or need temporary isolation to heal wounds. :D

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Wow - looks excellent! Lucky chooks.

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Awesome

By the way, I found your next chicken coop.... :D


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An impressive display of welding skills Blue Lace

a pen to be envious of, congratulations.

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:lol: thank-you all
Yes Rwood, i have given it some thought actually. Hubby's aunty may get the sads on me though heh heh heh. They can't find anyone who will help get it up and livable. It's a sad little place but i hope it turn out well.

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Great excellent idea with those training cages.Well done.


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Wow nice job - you have great skills to be able to do this with out help!


Good on You - I am sure you will have well contented chickens!

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Wow do they look fabulous! Darn nice price as well, I am very VERY impressed and even moreso with the idea of the training pens in there... :D

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sorry for bring up a old topic i have been looking at topics for training cages and like the look of this one can does anyone know what is used in between the training cages?

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Fibro Sheeting, Painted Plywood, iron sheeting, whatever you like, something flat so it is easy to clean. :mrgreen:

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you reckon roofing iron would be fine??

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anything will do as long as you can clean it and the chooken doesnt get hot (you dont want a roasted show chicken) :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:13 pm 
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yeah i could work something out ill put it in the shade. like normal ones are. where a breeze can get to them. :p think i have the prefect spot.

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