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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.
By BYC Support, Jan 10, 2012 | Updated: May 16, 2016 | | |
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    Chicken nesting boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The basic idea is to have a dry, clean and relatively dark area where your hens can lay their eggs. Here are some of the basics for a good nesting box:

    • One nesting box for every 2-4 hens.
    • 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.
    • Nesting material: Many people use either wood shavings (pine usually) or straw. 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 out.
    • Sloped top: You don't want your chickens to roost (sleep) on top of their nesting boxes (that would be 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 arne't higher than the roosts or you'll have hens sleeping inside the nest boxes.

    Here is an example of "insidel" and "ouside" chicken nesting boxes (submitted by our chicken forum community).

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/41108/show-us-your-nest-boxes-ingenous-design-post-it-here/0_30

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Nutcase
    Quite helpful! thanks for posting!
  4. CCCCCCCCHICKENS
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. hoangduyanh
  8. Davien
    Iamelde, put the pics of my nesting boxes on my profile.....
  9. CrazyChookz
    Im making a new coop, and am using an old recycled fish market container to make a recycled nest box. Is this okay?
  10. ToddExline
    How long should I leave a golf ball in the nest. Once my hens started to lay I removed it, the next day I found an egg in the middle of the coop floor and one in the corner under their roosting spot all around the poo. I put the golf ball back and shazam...eggs in the nest.

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