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Rollout Nests

Many of you have gotten my plans for a 2 unit rollout nest box and I have talked with several others about how to modify the plan to make it even larger.  I have been using a box that has 6 nests and for the past year it has worked beautifully.  Recently I have noticed several birds trying to pull eggs back inside their nest and even though it's hard to believe that they can reach under the partition to get the eggs, several birds have managed it and have turned into egg eaters.  After much thought I have redesigned the nest box so that the eggs travel much further and hopefully this will eliminate their ability to get their head and neck far enough under the partition to reach the eggs.

The nest box shell view from chickens entrance side with partitions installed

Nest box shell view from access side

Egg ramp platform slotted to fit around partitions

Wedges to hold egg ramp 3 1/2" high

Egg ramp installed

Nestpads installed requires 2 per nest

View from nest to access area showing bumper (1/2" foam pipe cover split)

View showing bumper

Access side with back partitions installed with 2 1/4 gap above ramp

Nest entrance view with front installed edges of plywood trimmed

Where the previous design has a 12" ramp and the eggs were close to the partition sitting in a 4" tray section, the new ramp is 24" and the eggs wind up sitting 10" from the back partition.  I've added a curtain to further discourage the birds from reaching under back partition.  The curtain is made from rubber that I've slit.

Material list

2 sides - 3/4x24x36  2 bottoms -  3/4x24x36  1 top - 3/4x24x37 ½  Note:  these pieces can be cut form one sheet of plywood
4 partitions - 3/4x14x17 ½  2 ramp platforms - 1/4x24x36 
12 ramp wedges - 3/4x3 1/2x24 cut tapering to 0
2 back stops - 3/4x3 1/2x37 ½  1 bottom nest front - 3/4x5 ½ x37 1/2
1 top nest front - 3/4x7 1/4x37 ½   2 back partitions - 1/4x14x36
2 trim board for edge of ply at top - 3/4x1 1/2x37 1/2
10 ¾ x ¾ use to cap plywood between nest fronts and access side back stops
3 ½ foam pipe insulation cut in half for bumpers
2 pieces of 4 rubber for curtain  trap rubber between 2 pieces of 3/8x3/4x36 stapled together



To read more, ask questions, and post comments, see this thread:

New rollout nest design Picture heavy-edited 1/21

Comments (15)

Thank you for getting the pictures to show. Would it be possible to create a click on like there is for coops, tractors, feeders, etc. I would like to also post the plans for my two nest box (I've already sent them via email to over 150 members) and I'm sure there are other people who have nest box plans. This would make it much easier to locate. Thank you
No problem! I think it would be great to have a section just for nest boxes... and we definitely will once we have a bunch of great submissions like this!
I sent you a PM about how we can get the plans posted!!
What is the gray material that the chickens sit on? Looks like some sort of astro turff. I love your idea and we are in the process of building a new coop. Thanks for posting this great idea.
The gray material is a plastic nest pad and they cost slightly over $2. When installing them pay attention to the direction of the "grass". They are made to be directional and that will assist in the egg's rolling. To clean simply remove and rap them against something solid.
Great plans! I am interested in seeing the two next box plans too!
Very cool! I can't wait to make one! Thanks...
thanks beutiful and good idea
I have drawn up plans for my coop and these nesting boxes will go perfect in them, thank you for sharing
I used your plans and the girls started laying in them September. I have been getting CLEAN eggs ever since. Design works great. My boxes are half in and half outside the coop. Pics are on My Page.
Thanks again
How do you reach behind the box to get the eggs?
ginbart, the nest box is mounted in a wall.
Really like the plans, can I print off this site? would like to have husband make me one, 2 , one for my daughter too,
Very nice. Thanks.
Great ideas! Will incorporate into the new coop!
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