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I made a wooden box condo 5 across that were each 12" wide, 12" high, 14" deep thinking my larger birds would be comfy. It turned out to be to big, 2 birds would crowd in and break an egg.or another would try to get the egg one was sitting on. Another thing is they scratch to make a nest and expose the hard wood base and lay their egg and it would crack. Before you know it you got chickens going nest to nest looking to eat broken eggs and even breaking them too. Make them small and a rounded base so the egg is craddled in soft nest material and an opening smaller than the inside dimensions.
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Originally Posted by Hokum Coco View Post

No problems from my perspective.

Nest boxes
In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag.
Frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

I have 65 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds
That is genius! Thank you! I use straw and they don't poop in there often but when they do I scoop all of it out (just onto the coop floor as they have a deep litter) and replace all of it, it adds up $$. And they do sometimes kick enough of it out that they add laying eggs right on the wood, so this is a fantastic alternative! And I just happen to have loads of empty feed bags because I had intended to use them for winterizing but ended up not doing it. Thanks again!
My menagerie: Buff Orpington chickens, Bronze and Bourbon Red Turkeys, Coturnix Quail, a Labrador, an American Pit Bull, two wild and crazy boys, a loving husband, and me!
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My menagerie: Buff Orpington chickens, Bronze and Bourbon Red Turkeys, Coturnix Quail, a Labrador, an American Pit Bull, two wild and crazy boys, a loving husband, and me!
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