Caging Requirements

Domestic Poultry & Other Birds

Cage od Canada Geese and Buff Orphington Chickens

Birds  must be visible and able to stand in cages.  Cages for birds constructed of 2” x 2”or 4” x 4” wire will not be accepted because birds could stick their heads through the cage wire & be injured.        


To meet USDA requirements, wire-bottom cages are acceptable if straw or cardboard covers the bottom wire.  This is a MUST as we use rollers to move the birds to the selling table. No cardboard boxes or gunny sacks!!  Cages sell with the animals and birds.          


Each cage must have a clean feed and water container appropriate for  the size & number of birds or animals in the cage.  NO flimsy plastic, paper, or Styrofoam water & feed containers.   Hog ring or use a glue gun to secure the containers to the cage.  It is the responsibility of the consignor to feed and water his stock daily.       


Label the cage to indicate the species & number of birds/animals in it.  Permit numbers (state and/or waterfowl) as well as the consignor’s state NPIP # should be written on the cage.


The appearance of your cage tells potential buyers that you properly care for your birds.

Small Animals

Proper caging for a small rabbit.

Rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, and other war-room critters must be sold in a solid-bottom cage with bedding.  Cages must also have a handle so that the cage can be moved without one having to put his fingers inside the cage to move it.     Do not put rabbits and other gnawing animals in plastic tubs; they will chew their way to freedom!!    


Incompatible animals will  not be held in the same enclosure or  placed near other animals that may become stressed due to their presence.  Such animals must be held in a manner that ensures the safety of other animals and the public

Day-old Chicks & Ducklings

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Day-old chicks, turkey poults, goslings, & ducklings can be consigned in hatchery-type boxes provided they are not crowded. Cut out part of the top lid & cover it with screen or very fine wire so the birds can be viewed without one’s having to remove the lid. No flimsy cardboard boxes  will be accepted. Shavings, bedding, or easy liner must be placed in the bottom of the box. Label the box with the number of chicks & the variety.

Aviary Birds & Warm-Room Animals

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Things to remember about caging, aviary birds, and warm-room critters such as hedge hogs:   


  1. Small reptiles, bugs, etc.  may not be sold in plastic deli cups/buckets.      
  2. Nocturnal animals and marsupials, such as hedgehogs and sugar gliders, must be provided with a hiding place.     
  3. Kansas Animal Health requires that  each cage/aviary bird old enough to perch must have its own perch in the cage i. e. 2 birds 2 perches. There must also be feed and water in the cage.