A Frame Cage System

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A-Frame Layer Cages

Chore-Time’s A-Frame Cage System for caged layers provides an excellent environment for egg production and maximum feed savings, together with two options for manure handling. Pullet systems are also available.

Sturdy Construction

Chore-Time cages are quality-built in North America. Solid construction and heavy-duty materials combine with our innovative design for years of superior performance.

Composite Mesh Floor

Chore-Time’s composite mesh floor uses smaller mesh openings at the front of the cages for an improved bird environment and reduced bird mortality.

Sturdy Welded A-Frames

Rugged A-frame stands provide durable support for Chore-Time’s A-frame cages without the need for truss rods. All system components, including cages and feed troughs, tie directly into our projection-welded A-frame cage support system for added stability and long life.

Other Cage Features

  • Cages are available in 2-high to 5-high models in cage rows up to 750 feet (230 meters) long.
  • Galfan® and galvanized steel construction for durability and corrosion resistance.*
  • Gentle 8-degree floor slope for easy egg roll-out.
  • Steep cage backs for improved manure roll-off.
  • Choice of dropping board scraper or curtain-back model (features thickest available curtain).
  • Rust-free PVC rail supports dropping boards.
  • Boards are available in plywood or plastic.
  • Flexible cage floor is better for birds’ feet.
  • Slant front or straight front cage design.
  • Three door styles including standard pull-up door, push-in door, or spring-loaded push-in door.
  • Distance from cage to egg tray protects eggs from dirt and damage and eases egg roll-out.
  • Step rails are available to protect feed trough and egg tray.
  • System is covered by Chore-Time’s generous cage warranty and solid backing. (See Chore-Time’s full written warranty for complete warranty details.)

*Galfan is not owned or licensed by CTB, Inc. and is the sole property of its respective owner.

Gentle Egg Collection

Chore-Time’s ULTRA-LIFT® XL Egg Collection System is the ideal system to insure a safe trip for the egg all the way from the hen to the cross conveyor.


  • Each cage row has its own set of egg-handling baskets.
  • No timing devices are needed.
  • Eggs are handled individually for minimal egg-to-egg contact.
  • Discharge heights are variable.
  • Requires less space at the end of the cage row than other collectors.
  • Eggs are transferred to cross conveyor by gravity and a unique rotation of the baskets.
  • Slack belt switch automatically maintains proper egg belt tension and prevents system failure.
  • Proven egg counting system is accurate to within 0.5%.

Curtain-Back Manure Handling System

Chore-Time Curtain-Back System Features

  • Steep cage backs for improved manure roll-off
  • Thickest available curtain material for easier installation and greater durability.
  • Curtains are fastened using a plastic extrusion – no rings to rust away.
  • Tiers are offset to minimize drop-through.
  • Use with high-rise houses or with a dropping board scraper under each cage row.
  • Many styles available to match various building widths.
  • Use with Chore-Time’s TURBO HOUSE® System for even dryer, more manageable manure; uniform temperature in all parts of the cage building; less ammonia and odors, and lower mortality.

Dropping Board Scraper Manure Handling System

Chore-Time Dropping Board Scraper System Features

  • Each tier except the bottom has its own set of plywood or plastic dropping boards, sloped toward the back.
  • The scraper features offset blades which help prevent plugging and hold tight to the boards for smooth, even scraping.
  • Drive units feature reliable 1/4 HP motors and operate scrapers in cage row lengths up to 750 feet (230 meters).
  • Drive mechanism is designed to protect critical parts from damage should a problem occur.
  • Use with Chore-Time’s TURBO HOUSE® System for even dryer, more manageable manure; uniform temperature in all parts of the cage building; less ammonia and odors, and lower mortality.