Roll Out Nest Box Mk3

By jthornton · Apr 16, 2018 · ·
Rating:
5/5,
  1. jthornton
    I started out building a standard cube style nest box and quickly realized that a roll out nest box is a much better solution. You get clean eggs and less chance for a hen to get the urge to eat one. I used pocket screws to build most of this and lined it with a carpet runner. Optionally you could hinge the outside top if the roll out nest box is in a protected area. I've attached drawings of all the parts. I feel that a community nest box is better than individual nest boxes because they can all use the same box without any squabbling about who get to go in. I've seen 4 of my RIR pullets in there at one time peacefully sitting side by side.

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    I built mine with the top hinged but found it was very hard to seal the gap so now I'm going to build a overhang for the run to protect it from rain, snow and ice.

    I built mine to fit through the wall of the run
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    This shows the divider between the front and back.
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    This shows the curtain under the divider. The chickens are not fooled by the curtain lol.
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    A close up of the curtain.
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    This broom stick is used to raise the false floor so I can remove it for cleaning.
    I clean it about once a week with a brush.
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    Here you can see the false floor lifted up by the broom stick.
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    The hinge detail.
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    A view of the front showing the curtains and steps.
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    A view of the outside installed in the run wall.
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    JT

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    About Author

    jthornton
    I'm a self employed automation engineer and tinkerer living on a dead end dirt road off of a dirt road in South East Missouri in the hills.
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Recent User Reviews

  1. Chickencountryuk
    "Brilliant"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 6, 2018
    Fantastic roll away nest boxes. Well made and good, easy to follow plans.
  2. NanaKat
    "Great project with photos & parts drawings"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 22, 2018
    An efficient nest box for collecting clean eggs and for housing several hen's. The to-scale drawings for parts are included in attached pdf files. Photos are clear and commentary is helpful. The author is creative and modest.

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  1. NanaKat
    I have found flexible strips of rubber makes good flashing for those hinged lids.
  2. BanditMan
    This is absolutely
    amazing work!!

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