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This instructable will show you how to make a simple 3'x2'x6' wooden + wire cage for small birds such as doves or specialty game birds. This peticular cage is designed to be partially taken apart and flattened in order to store when not in use and take up minimal space. Also, everywhere possible I'm going to re-use, reduce, and recycle all of the materials used in this project.

First of all, before I start, I'd like to explain a little about myself. I live on a small acreage in the prairies north of the 49th parallel. My mom and sister run an animal rescue. And often they bring in animals in these tiny little boxes not fit for my coffee to come in (and I do like my coffee). So as the one who complains, and the handy-man of the family I often get conscripted into building things for the rescue. My latest was this project, which after seeing the United States of Efficiency Contest, decided to document. Part of my contest entry I'd like to explain my green attitude. If it ain't broke don't fix it. If it is broke, keep it. Infact the variety of new use that can be shown here is pretty good, and I often forget about it. The shop that I built this project in was actually towed to the farm from the city with a tractor. The cupboards in it are all refurbished from a smoke damaged appartment complex. The garage doors on both my garage (also towed here) and my shop were reclaimed from fires as well. Infact, this portion of land where my yard is, has almost nothing freshly built. The barn was once towed here from down the road, in two pieces mind you. And even our summer kitchen and wood shed have been brought here. If we hadn't taken these buildings they would have been demolished. And as you can see in the pictures I've provided, they're in no condition to be thrown away like trash. My family has a pretty extensive construction background, and thus, the minimal damage to these buildings have all been fixed quite well.

What you're going to need for this project:
1cm grid small animal wire approx. 17'
a selection of used, refurbished, or recycled lumber
1 sheet of 1/4" plywood
a few handfuls of 1 1/2' roofing nails
a large handful of 1/2' roofing nails
2 hinges
a large mittful of 2" -3" deck screws
some music always helps
a dozen or so 1" screws

Tools required:
what I used is a bandsaw, skillsaw, cordless drill, hammer, and a 3' and 1' 90 degree square and also don't forget the ever important tinsnips or wirecutter whatever your prefference.
 
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SIRJAMES092 years ago
i would just like to mention that pallets can be quite useful for a project like this one...there is also an added bennifit to using pallets....the dead space inside the pallet makes a good place for insulation for the winter....

nice cage...looks easy to make too :)
jany5 years ago
I think thats a great cage you made. nice and simple. did you put a door in on the end? i cant tell.
Cuicydepunk (author)  jany5 years ago
No, I didn't put a second door on it, because of where this and the other cages I build of its kind will spend their lives. However, the entire thing -is- made in panels instead of a stick frame wrapped with wire. The point was so that when it is not in use it can be stored using minimal space. But on the same hand, you can just as easily remove a single panel and build one with a door. Or build the entire panel as the door. I guess it's really up to the maker, Would you like me to make a panel for the side an put it in this instructable to show you how I would build it? I think I should have enough wood and wire laying around to do that with.