DIY Hay shoot nest box

  1. FantasyFeathers
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    So here is what I made today. A real "box" nest box installed where the hay rack used to be. The flock live in an old horse stable barn with 3 stalls a tack room and 4 open sided stalls under the roof. Nothing too fancy. The horses turned their noses up at it. Oh darn, more room for chickens.
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    So start with a plain, clean cardboard box and cut 2 big square holes to let the hens in and some air vents for our 100+ degree days.
    ...oh ya... and always have turkey supervision when using a machete.
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    Check to see if it is structurally sound
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    place it inside the feed rack door
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    Nail up some old, rusty shelf brackets that have been laying around since the original owner that you knew you would find a use for.
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    Drive some more nails through the box to hold it to the wall as you know there will be a scuffle when the hens all want to use the same box at once no matter how many free boxes there are. "Aren't you done yet, I really gotta go"


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    Add shavings, some marker eggs, and a banty to the box to try it out. Be sure to feed your super model, chick starter is always a bonus.
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    Close it up so the ladies can do their business in private.

    Wow! New box was a big hit! I saw at least 4 hens exploring it right away and one of the shy ones even laid an egg in it in less than an hour after it was done.
    Cost: 8 nails, 12 " tape, reused calcium box, found shelf brackets... um...free
    Watching the kids enjoy the new penthouse...Priceless

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  1. ChickenKeep01
    what is a banty
  2. Hrhchazman
    What a great idea, and the commentary was top notch too! Thanks for sharing.

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