Slow progress again on yet another rainy and dreary day! Today was about the nesting boxes and chick brooder - managed to get so far with it before we realized we needed a few more materials. I'll pick those up tomorrow when I run my errands tho'.
The nest box and brooder frame
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We're using these black dish pans for the nesting boxes. They're approx 15" L x 12" W x 6" T and run just under $2 each at Walmart's. I currently use these in my other coops and it makes it so much simpler to clean out! Plus we figures there's a lot less chance of mites settling in... In this frame out, there will be a bar in front of the "nest boxes" and a bar in back (as noted on the first level) to keep them from tipping over when the girls step in and shuffle around for their comfortable laying spot.
The brooder door on the bottom level currently has the sliding locks on all ends, but we're going to be adding hinges (we just didn't have any today - another item I need to pick up tomorrow!) so it will swing all the way up and out of the way for cleaning. However, if we leave those locks in one place (one upper, one lower) they do operate as a hinge of sorts and the door does currently swing out - just not the way we want it too.
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Eventually, we will have doors on the backside of these nests and brooder for easier access to eggs and nest/brooder cleaning. With our wet weather already setting in for the season and winter coming up, we may be running out of time to get to it this year. It might have to wait until an opportune nice day to get them done or next spring.