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Sunday, June 05, 2005
Nest Box Update
We are learning the dynamics of the nest box marketplace and where our custom boxes fit. We have a clearly superior product enhanced by our ability to manufacture metal nest boxes to the buyers specifications.
The market consists of breeders that make their own boxes out of wood. These boxes don't cost much but don't last long. In addition to exposing birds to the glue between the layers of plywood, moisture can create mold problems and affect the health of the female breeder. Some breeders use bleach to clean wooden boxes and we have seen several problems from residual bleach absorbed by the box.
There are three companies that make metal boxes. One makes a box that is shipped in pieces that must be crimped together using a crimping tool that they will sell you for $45. Otherwise they recommend rivets. An average box would require 60+ rivets. A number of breeders who have bought their boxes complain of poor customer service and long lead times for delivery.
Another makes boxes that look like they were made with a chain saw and a hammer in their garage.
Our "Better Nest Boxes" have superior quality but are shipped completely assembled which runs up the delivered cost. We have had great success delivering custom boxes of a specific size or with special features requested by the breeder.
This week we are delivering two Macaw breeding boxes to Melissa at Hyacinth Haven in Pennsylvania. She had been using welded barrels but decided to try sheetmetal boxes. Her boxes are made with 24 gauge metal to withstand the size and strength of her Hyacinths.
She requested an entry door which can be blocked by a sliding door on tracks. Her inspection door will be 8" by 8" with hinges and a deadbolt lock. She said that the sliding door configuration of most nest boxes can sometimes jam with debris and having a stuck door when an angry Hyacinth is attacking is not pleasant. The hinges will guarantee a positive closure.
Our sheetmetal department was concerned about light seeping through the cracks around the door and designed a 10" x 10" door that is double walled and actually extends 1/4" inside the opening.
For Melissa's Hyacinths we have designed a double hook configuration with hanging hooks on the top and bottom of the cage. This will give additional support and prevent the box from pulling away at the bottom.
With breeders that cost $20,000 a pair and babies that sell for $7,500 - $8,500 it makes sense to invest a little more in quality box that will be safe and last a long time.
- posted by J-Birds @ 8:05 AM |
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