Zen And The Art Of Cage Construction
Since no one wanted our wounded crow, Scarlette and I decided that it would
not be a good idea to keep him in the gerbil tank, it just wasn't big enough.
Sure, it was cute when I would reach my hand into the tank to give him new cat
food and water he would run over and pull on the hairs on my fingers and run
back to hide under the branch making a cackle that we would learn was a
Crow Cages 'R Us
Of course, there are no such places. We decided to keep him in a cage
outdoors. Since he was born in the wild, it wouldn't be fair that he should live
in a tiny cage inside a small 4 room house?
I took a trip to the local building supply house (this is before Lowe's or Home Depot in this area) and examined their "chicken wire" type fencing material. I selected a heavy galvanized steel mesh with about ¼-inch openings. It came in a 4-foot width, so I bought a 24-foot length. I got three 9-foot 2-by-4's and five 8-foot 1-by-2's and a sheet each of ½-inch and ¼-inch plywood. Two pairs of hinges, two sets of hasps, two keyed-alike master locks and three four-foot ¾-inch dowels finished off what I pictured as a cage for a crow.
I put all this stuff in the yard, took my tools and just let the cage "come together" as I thought it should look. The crow talked to me constantly while I worked on this. It lasted for nine years without too much maintenance.
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