And although partridges are mainly found in aviaries and in small rooms, you may need a cage for temporary winter holding of birds or for the non-durable keeping of several pairs. For this, of course, you do not need to buy anything, since you can make cages 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 raising these birds, then you have often met such information that the cage is not the best house for partridges. Yes, that is right. They are not very suitable for long-term keeping and as a main breeding place, because, unlike an open-air cage, they are far from the natural living conditions of birds. Do not forget that the partridge is, above all, a wild bird that requires special attention.
But this does not mean that such a house can not be used at all. If you are not able to make a convenient 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 high house will protect against infection by worms through droppings.
- 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 top should be mesh for good ventilation of the air.
In different countries, partridges are contained in all kinds of cells and cages. For example, in many farms in France for these birds it is customary to construct reticulated enclosures elevated above the ground by about 70 centimeters. The side walls of such houses are made of plywood or plastic, the floor is mesh with a cell of 1x1 centimeter, the ceiling is made of fine mesh and 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 outdoor enclosures with plank walls and net-top. Outside of the breeding season, five individuals live separately in such small animals, separately the females from the males. In Italy, it is customary to grow partridges in battery cells for ordinary chickens. As we see, the concept of the content and cultivation of these "beauties" in many foreign countries is approached differently. Our experience of breeding birds still shows that it is better to grow partridges in aviaries or special raised cages.
Preparation for production
So, to make cages for partridges 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 much a partridge will live in a cage and how much your livestock is. It is best to count 1 square meter for three individuals. For the construction we need:
- wooden bars or boards;
- plywood sheets;
- mesh with a small cell for walls and ceilings, with a medium mesh for the floor;
- woodworking tools;
- The first thing we start making a cage with our own hands is a frame made of wooden bars. Previously, we need to make three compartments, the average of which (about 120 centimeters long) will be wrapped around the net (cell about 1.5-2 centimeters), the rest will be covered with plywood.
- We make two side compartments 40 centimeters long each.
- The frame is now covered with its material: the floor is mesh, the top and side walls of the middle compartment are mesh, the other two compartments are covered from all sides (except the floor) with plywood sheets.
- At both ends of the cage we hang up special fasteners, on which we hang boxes-feeders. They are also made from plywood or, if possible, from plastic. Size of feeders: height - about 50 centimeters, width - 15 centimeters. Inside, be sure to 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.
For more details on how this cell should look like, look at the photo and on the drawing. Successes!