Chicken Cone

Introduction: Chicken Cone

Our birds spend their lives as they were designed to do: dust-bathing, bug-chasing and free-ranging. It is important to us that they live and die in a manner which is both dignified and humane.

First, let’s talk about how the killing cone works. The bird is placed head-down into the cone The bird, when upside down, goes into a sleepy trance-like state. We then kill the bird quickly by severing the main artery in the neck with a very sharp knife. The bird then stays in the cone while the blood drains out into a bucket below. But how does one make the cone? Here are step-by-step instructions on making a cone from a 5-gallon bucket

You Will Need:
5-Gallon Bucket
Zip Ties (Heavy Duty)
Drill, with multiple Drill Bits
Jig Saw w/ Plastic Blade or Open Hacksaw

Step 1: Step 1: Cut Out the Bottom of the Bucket

First we will Cut off the Bottom of the Bucket, I used a Drill and Small Drill bit to act as a saw (jig saw is broken)

Step 2: Step 2: Making Our Cuts

So here we want to Cut a V out of the side of the bucket, I quickly drew two lines and cut it out with a Bread knife
shhhh don't tell my wife

Next we will cut the V out along side the rim of the bucket

Then lastly we will cut straight down the middle of the rim in the center of the V

Step 3: Step 3: Making the Cone Shape

First I found a Drill bit to match my Zip ties

then we Pull the Bottom of the buck together, there will be some overlapping, make the hole in the bottom big enough for your Birds, we also will be doing turkeys so I made mine a Little large

Drill two holes about 1/4" from each other, Now thread the zip Tie through the Holes and Tighten, repeat 3 - 4 to secure the Cone

Don't Forget the Zip tie the Rim as Well,

Step 4: Step 5: Re Attach the Bucket Handle

In This Step we will drill two holes in the rim near, the back of the Bucket (Seam) this is to re-locate the handle so we can hang our Cone

Step 5: Step 5: Trim the Cone

In this last Step, I took a pair of Tin Snips and Cut the corners off the Cone over lap to make it more presentable and to prevent the Chickens from getting hung Up

Step 6: Finished!

You can Either Use the Handle to hang from a Hook or Nail, or Screw the Cone into a Post (more permanent/Secure)

You Can read up on how to use the cone here

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    2 years ago on Step 6

    I built a set of four out of aluminum flashing around a 4x4 post. I think you've got a great idea with the bucket!


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank You, I had thought about aluminum flashing, but i had buckets on hand and it works, I would do aluminum for long term use, i found the zip ties wore out after being outside over winter. Did you use zip ties on the flashing or a rivet gun?


    Reply 2 years ago

    I screwed the overlapped edge to a longer 2x2, inside the cone. Then screwed the 2x2 to the post.


    Reply 2 years ago

    No, I looked and I have bent each edge out, lined up the edges and screwed that to a post.