Pico's bird cage isn't actually the first bird cage I have built. Back in college I made little chicken-like creatures named Shmaltz and they were individually housed in a crammed little cage. Made quite similarly to how I built the life size cage but using dollhouse parts, their purpose was very different. The idea was to illustrate the factory farming of chickens—how they are raised in confined spaces (the cage) and how most are deformed (the one eye). I won't get into a spiel on animal rights in this post and if I were going to re-make these to represent what I had intended, they would be much more severe.