How to Build Your Own Breeding Cages
By John Bernardes
Imagine looking through a bird magazine or a bird supplier’s catalog. Your eyes look over a beautiful bird-breeding unit that holds 12 separate breeding cages or 3 long flight cages. You become frustrated because you really wish that you had this beautiful wall unit. With a deep sigh you continue to flip through the catalog because you know that there is just no way that you can afford it. This scenario is exactly what happened to me.
My love for birds has spanned some 20 years now. I have had the luck of having a pair of canaries breed for me now and again but I’ve never had a serious breeding program. Just recently I have decided to begin breeding canaries seriously. Besides obtaining a few good pairs of canaries I knew that I was going to need some breeding cages if I were to have a serious go at my latest endeavor.
After looking at different models of breeding cages I realized that a major obstacle wasn’t deciding which system to buy but how I was going to afford one. The model that I was interested in cost approximately $750.000. Normally this could be worked out because my wife has a great understanding for my passion for pets. I just could not afford it for various economical reasons. What should I do? Well, I decided I was going to build my own breeding cages.
Before I explain how I built my cages I just want to mention that I have absolutely no skills in carpentry so if I was able to build this system I have confidence that anyone else can too. Secondly, this article is intended especially for beginners like myself who are only starting out in the hobby. It would be much wiser to build your own cages at a fraction of the cost of some of the ones on the market. The reason being is that if for any reason you lose interest in the hobby you might feel terrible knowing that you wasted $750.00 or more on cages that now only take up space.
Ready now? Let’s get ready to build!