Canary breeding cages are basic birdcages that are dedicated solely to the activity of breeding. These cages consist of wood sides, as well as wood top and bottom, and a mesh front. They tend not be as large as the cages where these birds regularly are kept because the breeding pairs that are kept in these specialised cages are confined to close quarters intentionally. Breeding cages for canaries are not complicated to build and can be constructed at a workbench in less than a few hours.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- 4 pine boards, 1-by-1-by-14 inches
- 2 plywood sheets, 1/2-by-14-by-20 inches
- Plywood sheet, 1/2-by-20-by-22 inches
- 2 plywood sheets, 1/2-by-14 1/2-by-22 inches
- 4 pine boards, 1-by-1-by-20 inches
- Screw gun
- 40 wood screws, 1 1/2 inch
- Wire mesh, 20-by-22 inches
- 20 Staples
- 2 hinges, 2-inch, with screws
- Wire, 24-gauge,10 inches
Set two 14-inch boards flat, parallel and 18 inches apart. Set the 14-by-20-inch sheet of plywood on top of the boards so the edges are flush with the ends and the outside edges of the boards. The boards will be attached along the 14-inch edges of the sheet, not the 20-inch edges. Screw eight screws through the plywood so four screws enter each board. This is one side to your canary breeding cage. Repeat this step to make the opposite side.
Position the sides so they are parallel, resting on their 14-inch edges and spaced 22 inches apart. Hold the 20-by-22-inch plywood against the 20-inch edges of the sides so the corners are flush. Screw four screws through this sheet so one screw enters the end of each board that the plywood is against. This is the back to your breeding cage.
Lay a 14 1/2-by-22-inch sheet on the top 14-inch edges of the sides to the cage so all of the corners are flush. Screw this piece to the boards using four screws for each board. This is the top to your cage. Turn the cage over and repeat this step using the last 14 1/2-by-22-inch sheet.
Set two 20-inch boards flat, parallel and 20 inches apart. Set the last two 20-inch boards between them at right angles and space them 20 inches apart so the corners between these four boards are flush. Screw through the first pair of 20-inch boards and into the ends of the other pair. Use one screw per corner. This is the door frame to your canary cage.
Lay the mesh over the door frame and staple it to the boards using your hammer and five staplers per board. Position the door against the cage so the 20-inch boards are against the ends of the 14-inch boards. The edges between the door and the cage should be flush. Connect the door to the cage by screwing two half-hinges to the top edge of the door and the other halves to the top 22-inch plywood on the cage. The hinges should each be 3 inches away from the sides of the cage and allow the door to open up 180 degrees.
Screw an eye-hook to the bottom corner of either side of the cage so it is 1-inch from the edge 20-inch edge and the closed door. Tie the wire around the mesh on the cage and the hook to keep the door closed.
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