Build a cabinet for brooding chicks! Use as a pet cage for birds and other animals! Free plans!
1 - sheet 3/4" plywood, ripped into 3 strips 15 1/2" wide by 8 feet long (referred to as 1x16 in this plan)
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
8 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 3 feet long
36" wide hardware cloth or chicken wire - I used about 4 feet total
3 sets of hinges
knobs, handles and latches
2 - 1x16 @ 60" (sides)
4 - 1x2 @ 15 1/2" (side trim)
4 - 2x2 @ 66" (legs)
8 - 2x2 @ 36" (front/back trim)
3 (or more) 1x2 @ 15 1/2" (for supporting grated bottom)
3 - 1x16 @ 36" (shelves) - extra is optional shelf not shown
1 - 1x16 @ 39" (top)
2 - 1x2 @ 39" (top)
1/4" plywood or other materials 38 1/2" x 60" (back)
1 - 1x8 @ 35 3/4" (bottom door tilts down)
4 - 1x3 @ 24 3/4"
4 - 1x3 @ 12 3/4"
Hardware cloth or chicken wire stapled to back
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Start with the sides. Drill 3/4" PHs along sides and top edge. Attach side trim.
Attach legs with 1 1/4" PH screws through predrilled holes.
Now join the two sides to start making the box.
This is for the mesh bottom. If you mesh needs more support, add more boards to support.
Followed by upper shelf.
And the top.
Followed by adding the back.
Build doors to fit openings. I stapled hardware cloth to back. Staple hardware cloth to bottom of middle shelf as well.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.