I had been looking at pictures of chicken crates that were made as late as the 50s, but couldn’t quite figure out how the loading door worked. I was lucky enough to see some at the Frederick County Fair in Virginia. A chicken fancier was loading his birds into the show and he had some of these old style crates. He showed me how the door locking mechanism worked. I didn’t have a ruler or even a pencil and paper with me, but I made some mental notes. Back home in my shop I fashioned a half size replica of the vintage crate. The second picture shows the loading door opened. The next three pictures shows the construction in progress. The final shot shows the new crate with its ancestors. I was making fancy chicken carriers and they were well received, but this “new, old” style crate is really popular. Maybe it’s a nostalgia thing. I am now making them exclusively and have stopped making the fancy carriers.