Pictures Of Chicken Nesting Boxes - How To Build A Nest Box

The chicken nesting box is where your hen will do her most important work, so make sure it's a place in which she'll feel comfortable.
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    Chicken nesting boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and almost anything can be used as a nest box, from a bucket, to an old crate, to a storage box. The aim is to have a dry, clean and relatively dark (private) area where your hens can lay their eggs and feel comfortable doing so.

    Here are some of the basics for providing good nesting boxes:

    • Provide one nesting box for every 2-4 hens. (And be prepared for them all to line up waiting for the "favourite" box anyway ;) )
    • Size: Nest boxes should be big enough for your hen to stand in comfortably. Usually 12 x 12 x 12 inches is adequate, but building bigger is usually a good idea.
    • Fill the box with suitable nesting material to prevent egg breakages: Many people use either wood shavings (pine usually) or straw. Shredded paper and dry grass works well in a pinch too. We personally suggest dry wood shavings over straw.
    • Often a roost bar or step is added in front of the box to give the hen a place to jump to before entering the nest box. Also a "lip" is added to the front of the nesting box to keep the bedding material and/or eggs from being pushed or scratched out.
    • Add a sloped top: You don't want your chickens to roost (sleep) on top of their nesting boxes (that would cause a big mess). We suggest angling the top of the nest box to disuade hens from being able to roost on or above the nest boxes.
    • Most people like to raise their nest boxes up off the ground. Just make sure they aren't too high that the hens have a hard time accessing them and that they aren't higher than the roosts, or you'll have hens sleeping inside the nest boxes instead.
    • To "show" the hens where you'd like them to lay their eggs, you can place gold balls or fake eggs in the boxes as decoys.

    Here are some examples of chicken nesting boxes (Submitted by our chicken forum community).

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  1. Frutfarm
    I love the curtains for the nest boxes! That would be such a fun addition to our coop!
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    1. pamonarch
      lol..i have camo curtains in my girl's nesting boxes...only one has been going in one nest so far..mine are only 20 weeks old. I have 3 red stars and two of them are doing the laying so far. almost one everyday for over a week now. :) I also made a large nesting box from a long tote with a of my red stars was in there this morning cackling loudly..but no egg yet...must be just trying it out..LOL!!
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  2. Fluttering-about
    Wow! Thanks so much for the photos! This is exactly what I needed to solve my, "where to put, and how to design nesting boxes". I have been looking through posts for ages.... all I needed was to come across this post first!!! :wee
  3. harmesonfarm
    Great Info, Thanks for sharing! :)
  4. NapaChicknGal
    I just got a larger coop and can't get hens in there and there is a ladder and 2 perches and 4 nesting boxes. Two young pullets I got are hangin' out in nesting box at nite and I try to place on perch and they're skittish. Any ideas? thnx
  5. traytray01
    hi i have 6 chickens 1 amber 1 columbine 1 blue 1 pied suffolk 1 columbine ranger black tail and 1 ranger.we had them 2 weeks the first 2 nights i had to put them in the coop and on there roost bars but night 3 they went to roost on there own but then a few days later i found that none of them were on the roost bars they are in the 2 nest boxes and huddled together in the corner i cant move the nest boxes as it was a shop bought coup and run we removed the run as no way could you keep them in something that small it would be mean so we built them a big run and put there house in that. after a week we got are first egg and have had a egg nearly every day from one of them but as for them sleeping in the nest boxes i havent been able to stop them so as you can gess its a bit of a mess i have to clean the boxes first thing to make them clean be for ho ever is laying gos and lays and so far its never realy the same sort of time . this is the first time we have ever had chickens so its all very new to us so any help is or advice is very welcome many thanks
  6. Nutcase
    Quite helpful! thanks for posting!
    For my nesting boxes i just cut the top half of the side of a bucket off. You leave the back, and the bottom half of the sides. It makes a U shape. It is pretty inexpensive too, plus saves you a lot of time because it is quick to make. Then you can mount it on the wall.And can put wood shaving or whatever in as a little bedding.
    Or you can use 18 gallon totes and cut out a square for them to walk in. Then you can hook it to a board and set that up on some cinder blocks,
    Dont know if anybody already posted these ideas or not, but thought I would throw some more ideas out there.
  8. Mpracey
    One of my Roosters - the guy in pic- likes to sleep in the nest box. I caught him on an egg one morning. He likes to snuzzle in the hey!
    So, I had to make extra box for him.
    1. bugzziee
      that's funny
  9. bubblehead
    I had tried cat litter pails cut diagonally (two boxes out of one pail) and attached to the rear wall. built a 2 inch lip on the front. my hens just scratch out the pine shavings and straw and lay on the coop floor! Unfortunately this leads to the occasional damage egg.
    I'm constructing a new coop for the winter and plan on adding exterior coop boxes. Hopefully I can retrain the girls.
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