Here at MacFarlane Pheasants, we have used a variety of crates over the years to get our product all across the country. Our homemade wood crates were our “go-to” but continued to test new style crates as they came on the market. RuffLand Kennels now makes 3 sizes of crates that we have tested and have in our inventory. We use the short 7” for our Partridge, placing 15 Huns or Chukars in at a time. The 9” model we use for hens, roosters or partridge. When temperatures are less than 70 degrees we will place 10 RN hens or 5 RN roosters or 15 partridge in them. We like the versatility of this crate. The large double-door “big” crate is twice the dimensions of the small 9-inch crate. This crate is used only for roosters. The advantage of this crate is the tail quality stays high once the birds are placed inside and travel across the country.
All these crates have great ventilation, the color white does not attract heat, and having hand-holes makes these easy to handle. The light-weight feature compared to our old wood crates is a huge benefit and having the ability to wash the plastic crates is important in our bio-security plan.