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Coop on the cheap!

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2X4 welded wire cut to size. Not bomb proof but pretty strong an the cage its self only weighs 2 or 3 pounds.


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I use the tails from where I cut to attach them together an where I dont have tails I rap it with aluminum welding wire.

I think they cost me like $30 a peace

I buy 50 foot by 60 inch rolls of wire. I unroll them an measure them to make sure there over 50 feet. There usualy 51 or so.

Remember 50 feet is 600 inches.

Tape measure is not needed, I count blocks. Each block is 2 inches x 4 inches.

The ends are square so I cut 2, 30 block sections leaving tails at each cut. This makes 60 inch by 60 inch squares for the ends.

60+60=120
600-120=480

I have 480 inches left an need four panels. Two sides, a top an a bottem.

480'/.4=120 

Adjust here if wire is not over 50 feet. If it is exactly 50 feet I would Do the math for 49 feet so you can have tails on your cuts. So it would be 468'/.4=117(odd numbers dont work  so 116)inch panels.

So I cut four panels 120 inch or 60 blocks leaving tails.

Once all sides are together you have a 5 foot by 5 foot by 10 foot cages. Thats as big as you can get out of a 50 foot roll of wire.

The bottom I cut out a hole in the middle just big enough to fit a plastic tote threw for a house. I also use this hole to add or remove chickens by flipping the cage on its side an then back when I'm threw. It also gives them a dust bath hole. An add a tarp on one side an just barely over the top (0 rain or snow load rating). Add a roost under the tarp.

Now ya have a 3 pound tractor/breeding cage. I keep 5 hens an a roo in mine. Ya pick up the corner of the cage an grab the eggs.

If you need more room for your money you can build these same cube cages an cut them in half 30 inches off the ground. That gives you 2, 5 foot by 10 foot cages 30 inches tall.

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The issues with these cages is they are short enough for a large dog to climb on top an collapse them. Also, becouse they dont have a bottom, digging under becomes an issue.

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