Walk In Steel Poultry Cages FAQS

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Harrod heavy duty Poultry Cages are made using our 60 years manufacturing experience, and are supplied with heavy duty chicken netting to keep chickens safe. Based on our best selling fruit cages our chicken and poultry cages form a large part of our range these days.

Not only do the framework and netting combine to protect your chickens and game birds from predators but being of walk-in height, our Steel Poultry Cages are simple to enter for cleaning and also feeding of your chickens.

However, if you do find you have a major problem with foxes causing a problem in your area we do advise that you take extra precautions and fortify the base of your chicken run using our electro-welded chicken wire netting

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON OUR WALK-IN STEEL POULTRY CAGES

1. What are the benefits of purchasing a steel poultry cage from you, rather than from another company?
Our steel chicken cages are made using square tubing, whereas other companies use round tubing; 25mm square tubing is stronger than 25mm round section tube. Also, our connectors are plastic coated solid steel with square sections, again making them stronger.


2. What are the benefits of purchasing a steel poultry cage, rather than an aluminium one?
Steel cages are stiffer and feel more rigid than aluminium. Our steel chicken cages are supplied with galvanised, powder coated square tubing which allows us to offer a 10 year guarantee.


3. How many support braces would I need for my poultry cage?
These give a cage extra rigidity when exposed to high winds, or softer soil. For these specific cages, we would recommend that you brace all 4 corners of a cage. For cages over 6m/19’6” we recommend that at least the middle upright is braced.

4. How many footplates would I need for my poultry cage?
Uprights maintain position on softer grounds, or in areas that are exposed to windy conditions. We recommend that all uprights are fitted with a footplate.

5. Do I need ground sockets would I need for my cage?
These make installation of your uprights much easier and the cage more rigid in softer soils as they sink into the ground further and are a snug fit on the uprights.


6. Where do I position my door unit?
We recommend that you position your door unit against a corner upright, purely for stability. However, you may position it against any of the external uprights of your cage.


7. Can I order extra parts for my poultry cage e.g. spare connectors?
Yes, you may. The component parts for our poultry cages


8. Can I see one of these cages already installed?
Being a mail order company, we do not have our products on display. You may however visit one of our show or reference gardens dotted around the country. Please visit our Show Gardens section for more information and contact details.


9. Can a decorative roof unit be added to a standard flat roofed steel cage at a later date?
Unfortunately this would not be an easy process. However, we will always evaluate customers requirements, so please contact our Customer Services Department or call us 0333 400 6400 (local rate)


10. You advertise that these cages can cope with ‘slightly sloping’ ground. How much is ‘slightly sloping’, before the cage has to be quoted as a bespoke cage?
The aim is always to achieve a level roof 2m from the ground, so that the doors and the side netting work correctly. If the slope in question means that distance of the uprights at one end of the cage will be less than 25cm into the ground, then the cage needs to have longer uprights, and therefore would be classed as ‘bespoke’. This is to ensure that the uprights are inserted into the ground sufficiently to achieve the required structural integrity. These standard steel cages can cope with locally uneven ground of about plus/minus 10cm on one upright per bay, but it is better to level any dips or bumps before erecting the cage.

 

 

Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo  Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is new on the Harrod Horticultural block and has recently taken over her post as Horticultural Advisor and Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 18 years ago.  Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment, where she grows her own organic fruit and vegetables.

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