re-hab cages , for birds / animals #1: animal habitat recovery homes

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Blog entry by patron posted 02-22-2010 09:25 PM 2326 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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this is the latest , in a series of about 12 animal/bird cages for re-habing wild injured animals/birds
that i have done with my LJ buddy margy who re-habs both .
this cage was built by margy , in her own shop , i helped when she needed it .
and for assembly .
we started them at her place for her own use , and over the years have improved the design
to it’s present state .
we got an order some years ago to make one 16’wide x48’ long x 12’ high , for a flight cage for eagles ,
that needed a place to learn to fly again and get their own food on the ’ fly ’ as they had been injured , and
laid up for months or even years while they mended . they forget how to fly and how to forage their own food .
the only one that we had seen , was telephone poles sunk 4’ into the ground , and the walls and roof attached like regular house construction .
the last thing the lady said to me as i was getting in the car ,
” can you make it portable , i don’t own this property ,and will need to move these ( meaning us ) later ”
so i got my drafting table cleaned off , and came up with this .
these panels are 4’ by whatever long ( usually 8’ , but for that cage 12’ ) ,
that can be cut and assembled in the shop , and finished with preservative and transported , to be erected on a pressure treated 2×4 base , and lag bolted together , some are covered in plywood , for the corners , to make a sheltered place for the animals/birds to get out of the weather , and some have slats ( birds ) or wire ( animals ) ,
and some have doors .
most have tin poofs , but for the big flight cages ( we have made two now ) , i had to make some truss spreaders 16’ long , to drop the same 4’x12’ panels into the framing .
this cage is 8’widex24’ long x 8’ high , with a tin roof .
it is three rooms 8’x8’ , the center one is the ’ vestibule ’ and food and supply’s room . you close the entrance door behind you , so if the animals/birds get past you from their cage , they are still in the vestibule , and can be re-caught .
thanks for looking . enjoy !
this is the pt ground ’ foundation ’ , screwed together and wired , then flipped over ,
so the animals ( raccoons here ) , can’t dig out , or predators dig in .
and the corner panels screwed together to brace each other ,
and the adjoining panels .

two more panels added .

margy and jose ( our new helper , what a find , smart , strong and green card legal , even talks some english ) !
and more panels added to complete the walls .

roof framing going up , with stringers crosswise for the corrugated tin .

at this point margy went back to the shop to get something ,
and i started to put on the tin , with jose passing them up to me .
got about 3/4 done , when margy came back ,
and i had been on the roof for about an hour ,
it was snowing hard , and i was wet and freezing ,
so we called it a day . sorry no pics. , just imagine white !
we will finish when the client gets the rest of the $ together .
thanks for stopping in ,
play safe and God bless .


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 09:33 PM

Very cool project, David.
Anything that benefits animals is cool to me.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 10:28 PM

great contruction idea i used something similar
13-14 years ago when I build a little summervacation house for a girlfreind
ind a basement in winthertime and in spring moved everything on a trailer
to the ground toke me only to wekends to compleet it


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#3 posted 02-22-2010 10:38 PM

hi david what a good project making homes for sick animal’s keep up the good work

branch ok

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 10:40 PM

A unque project David , You could say it’s for the birds LOL Thanks for sharing this cool job.


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#5 posted 02-22-2010 10:59 PM

thanks ,

i always ask margy ,

” what are the bird brains up to now ” ,

as usual , everyone puts their own spin on how to do things ,
whether they know anything or not !

some of these handlers ,
treat these wild animals like pets ,
and domesticate them ,
making it hard to release them to the wild ,
as they can’t find food or protect themselves .

the ones that are to damaged to be released ,
are kept as ’ educational ’ ,
and are shown to schools and for events to raise money for the centers .

more and more ,
volunteers take them to re-hab them on their own property ,
and just return them to the centers for veterinary help ,
or for them to release them .
margy takes them out to the wilds ,
and finds a stream or setting that is in their habitat zone .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 11:04 PM

David great job to assist in the recovery effort. Nice home.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 02-23-2010 12:35 AM

David, this is a pretty interesting project and it certainly is for a worthy cause. You and Margy are both to be commended for your efforts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 02-23-2010 01:23 AM

Wow,David.Now thats time well spent.Congrats.

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 01:46 AM

David, great job with this project to help rehab birds. Very worthy cause!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#10 posted 02-23-2010 02:02 AM

My hat is off to you and Margy… or it would be if it would let go of my head! ;-)

Seriously, thanks for building such a nice place to help your wild neighbors. It looks like a terrific safe place for raising baby raccoons or rehabbing injured adults. The vestibule in the middle is a great idea. I can see how it would be helpful in a lot of ways besides preventing escapees. I wish I would have added one when I was rehabbing.

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#11 posted 02-23-2010 02:27 AM

Fantastic. I love rewarding work like that.

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#12 posted 02-23-2010 07:28 AM

Fantastic job you and Margy have done. Helping get the critters back into the wild is allways a good thing.

My only complaint… is bigger then my workshop! haha

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 02-23-2010 08:28 AM

Do you think the birds would mind if I moved my wood shop in there????

Beautiful area you 2 are working in, sounds like a good cause to commit your work to.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 02-23-2010 11:21 AM

Good work for a good cause. Kudos to yourself and Margy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 02-23-2010 02:14 PM

Nice cage.
Birds of a feather..Flock together.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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