Chicken Limo

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Project by DYNO360 posted 08-30-2010 01:31 AM 2206 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 01:46 AM

More like a Chicken Jail Cell. :) Very nice work. I like it.

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#2 posted 08-30-2010 02:16 AM

im assuming that there is a sliding dowell for the door lock ???? Please share the “secret’ LOL

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 02:35 AM

Pretty cool project. Do you use these for chickens or just for show?

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 02:43 AM

reply to 1yeldud1 – dowel stays in place. the door slides on the dowel and compresses a compression spring. There is another stationary dowel at holds the door in place when the spring is released.
reply to WoodenSoldier – Thanks I sell them, although I used to have show chickens. Most use them to haul chickens to fairs and shows. A few buy them, put legs on them, and use them for end tables.

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#5 posted 08-30-2010 10:24 PM


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 08-30-2010 11:38 PM

Really nice work.
I like these old wooden birdboxes, also the small versions for little birds.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 04-11-2013 01:27 PM

Do you sell the chicken crates? How much do you sell them for? I’m in the market for one. Just getting my first chickens and need something to tote them in.

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