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Old 07-02-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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The more and more I hear about chicken coops, the more interested I become in personal deployment. Whenever I Google "chicken coops", elaborate and fancy coops come up but when i look at dive videos it seems like the coops are simple rectangular prism structures. My main question is where in the world do people buy the coops to deploy, or would it be easier to make them? Any response would be appreciated.

P.S I have a "barge" to deploy them, I just do not have the supplies to deploy
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
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they get them from chicken farmers... work great....some captains will "sell" them and deploy them for you. very productive devices
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:41 PM   #3
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I can deploy them. I was just curious where to get them. Or how to make them would be fine. What are the normal dimensions, materials, etc..?
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4 ft' x 4 1/2 ft. by 8 ft. 700 lbs. each .. put out 2 or 3 per spot
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:45 PM   #5
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They are the cages used to transport chickens down the highway. I'm sure everyone on here has seen a flat bed truck full of chickens. That flatbed is loaded two high and usually 8 or 9 cages deep. You usually have to get them by the truckload from a chicken processing house, and last time I bought any there were $75 each. To have them deployed by reef maker is $150 each I believe. A two or three coop spot will hold a ton of fish, and from my experience will hold good fish sooner than any other reef material out there. The only con is that because of there design they are more moved/destroyed by storms regularly. Pyramids are good too. The pros to the chicken cages is that a two coop spot is cheaper than a pyramid and holds, in my opinion, more fish and holds fish sooner than a pyramid. The pros to the pyramid is that it will withstand more weather and last longer (though a storm like Ivan may still move it or bury it), and you can attach a fad to hold amberjack. If you are going to do it yourself, you'll need a way to load them on the boat/barge. A two coop spot will weigh over 1000#s. You will also need to rig up a way to get them off the boat/barge without tearing it up or tearing yourself up. A crane is the best way, but pure muscle will work too.

The only negative to either pyramids or coops is that in my opinion, you need to put them at least 30 miles out unless you fish at night or on rough weekdays. On a pretty weekend day with our short season, chances are you won't be able to fish it on a pretty Saturday without losing it to another boat.

Having a $500-1000 spot stolen and absolutely cleaned out by another boat hurts. Get several spots, more is better, because some (probably close to half) will eventually be found. And depending on who finds it, they will absolutely destroy it. But, if you want to consistently have the opportunity to catch big snapper throughout the season, putting out reefs is the way to do it.
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