And although partridges are mainly found in enclosures and in small rooms, you may need a cage for temporary winter overexposure of birds or for short-term keeping of several pairs. For this, of course, you do not need to buy anything, since you can make cage for partridges with your own hands. How? Find out with us.
What should be the cages for wild birds?
If you are seriously interested in breeding and rearing these birds, then you have often come across such information that the cage is not the best house for partridges. Yes, that is right. For long-term maintenance and as the main breeding place, they are not very suitable, because, unlike the aviary, they are far from the natural living conditions of birds. We do not forget that partridge is, first of all, a wild bird, which requires special attention.
But this does not mean that such a house can not be used at all. If you do not have the opportunity to make a comfortable aviary, you can make a cage, but according to special rules. It must meet the basic requirements:
- To be raised from the ground by 60-80 centimeters. This is due to the fact that partridges are quite vulnerable birds not only to drafts and dampness, but also to parasites. Such a tall house will protect against helminth infection through litter.
- If you have several cells (cages), then the distance between them should be at least 1 meter.
- It should have approximate dimensions: length – 200 centimeters, height – 50 centimeters and width – 60 centimeters.
- Be sure the entire front wall and, if possible, the upper one should be mesh for good ventilation.
In different countries, partridges are kept in all kinds of cages and cages. For example, in many farms in France, it is customary for these birds to construct mesh enclosures raised about 70 centimeters above the ground. The side walls of such houses are made of plywood or plastic, the floor is mesh with a 1×1 cm cell, the ceiling is made of fine mesh and also covered with a sheet of plastic. In such enclosures contain up to 50 birds at the rate of 3 individuals per square meter.
In Hungary, for example, wild birds are kept at home in open-air cages with plank walls and a mesh top. Out of the breeding season, five individuals live in such enclosures, separately females from males. In Italy, partridges are commonly grown in battery cages for ordinary chickens. As you can see, the concept of the content and cultivation of these "beauties" in many foreign countries is approached differently. Our experience in breeding birds still shows that it is better to grow partridges in open-air cages or special raised cages.
Preparation for manufacture
So, to make partridge cages with your own hands, first of all, you need to prepare the necessary material and tools. How much material to take, it depends on how many partridges will live in the cage and how much you have in total livestock. It is best to count 1 square meter per three individuals. For the construction we need:
- wooden blocks or boards;
- plywood sheets;
- a grid with a small cell for walls and ceilings, with an average for the floor;
- woodworking tools;
- The first thing we start with the manufacture of a cage with our own hands is a frame made of wooden blocks. First we need to make three compartments, the average of which (about 120 centimeters long) we will fit on all sides with a net (cell about 1.5-2 centimeters), the rest will be covered with plywood.
- We make two side compartments 40 centimeters long each.
- There is a frame, now we cover it with material: the floor is mesh, the top and side walls of the middle compartment are mesh, the other two compartments are closed on all sides (except the floor) with plywood sheets.
- We hang special fastenings to both ends of the cage, on which we hang the feeder boxes. They are also made of plywood or, if possible, of plastic. Size of feeders: height – about 50 centimeters, width – 15 centimeters. Inside, we definitely install a convenient drinking bowl. You can automatic, but better than usual.
- Now we make support legs for our cage and everything is ready. It remains only to plant partridges.
Do-it-yourself partridge cage drawing
For more details on how such a cell should look, look at the photo and on the drawing. Good luck!
Video "Crowned Partridge in a Cage"
In this video, you can see how crowned partridges live in a cage using the example of Don Zoo Boris Kravchik nursery. You will find out what the space should be and how such a house can look.
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