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I am in search of an appropriate covered cat litter box for my hens, which are of large breed (australorp, orpington, sussex). I can't seem to find a box that looks of the appropriate size. In particular the door openings just seem darn small. Are you guys cutting open the front? Please advise which one you have purchased that you think would be effective for a larger breed bird. I'm either not finding the right one or over thinking this whole thing. Not sure which!

Thanks!

Our mini farm consists of 5 humans, our retired Greyhound, Ellie, 32 chickens (28 Speckled Sussex, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Australorp), 4 Nigerian Dwarf doe goats. Yes, my husband thinks I'm crazy for it!

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Our mini farm consists of 5 humans, our retired Greyhound, Ellie, 32 chickens (28 Speckled Sussex, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Australorp), 4 Nigerian Dwarf doe goats. Yes, my husband thinks I'm crazy for it!

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Our mini farm consists of 5 humans, our retired Greyhound, Ellie, 32 chickens (28 Speckled Sussex, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Australorp), 4 Nigerian Dwarf doe goats. Yes, my husband thinks I'm crazy for it!

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Our mini farm consists of 5 humans, our retired Greyhound, Ellie, 32 chickens (28 Speckled Sussex, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Australorp), 4 Nigerian Dwarf doe goats. Yes, my husband thinks I'm crazy for it!

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I bought the biggest covered litter box that Petco had.  I had the idea that my younger chicks would sleep in it at night.  Well, it is now the favorite laying box of my very large Brahma hens, as well as my two Jersey Giants.  I didn't cut the opening any larger.  When I went out to the coop yesterday, there were three hens in there - practically on top of eath other!  I'm not sure of the opening size.  There was a swinging door on it which I removed.

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post #4 of 11

I suspect overthinking, LOL, unless your birds are awfully big. 

You can also use an open top plastic bin if you wish.  Some of mine prefer open top nests, some open front.

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

14 hatchery and mutt hens

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post #5 of 11

Whatever you end up getting, I'm sure they'll fit in.  After all, it's not uncommon to use a 5 gallon pail for nesting boxes, and the large litter boxes appear to be bigger than those.  I have the breeds that you do and also covered litter boxes in some of my coops--size is not a problem.   No alterations needed on
the door either.

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post #6 of 11

Yes, just the "Hefty cat" size will do.  Also, if you have seen a "Booda box" litter box, that's quite a favorite.

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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Originally Posted by gryeyes 

Yes, just the "Hefty cat" size will do.  Also, if you have seen a "Booda box" litter box, that's quite a favorite.


I love your BoodaBox!! My cats aren't willing to give up theirs quiet yet, lol.

People actually admit they are from Waxall? I'm on the other side of Mt. Holly. Got my litterboxes off of Freecycle and craigslist. Just about any one will work.

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post #8 of 11
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Thanks folks! Most helpful!

Our mini farm consists of 5 humans, our retired Greyhound, Ellie, 32 chickens (28 Speckled Sussex, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Australorp), 4 Nigerian Dwarf doe goats. Yes, my husband thinks I'm crazy for it!

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Our mini farm consists of 5 humans, our retired Greyhound, Ellie, 32 chickens (28 Speckled Sussex, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Australorp), 4 Nigerian Dwarf doe goats. Yes, my husband thinks I'm crazy for it!

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post #9 of 11

These are perfect, except I can't find them in my area anymore, or anyplace to buy them online. I even emailed the company, but the leads they gave me didn't pan out.  Boo hoo!

http://www.homzproducts.com/Scripts/Modular-Recycling-Bin-with-Lid-Prodview.html

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I bought the large covered litter boxes at Walmart (blue plastic).  They don't look very big in the store, but when you get them home, you'll see they are plenty big enough.  They are about $15 each.  They came with a door flap, which I removed.  I have large breed hens and they have no problem getting in there.  Put about 4 inches of pine shavings in the bottom, snap on the top, and you're ready to go. 

As others have said, they are popular with the hens.  Mine are on the floor inside the coop, not under the roost.  I also have built in nest boxes and the hens use both.

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