Roll Out Nest Box Mk3

By jthornton · Apr 16, 2018 · ·
  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

    This shows the divider between the front and back.

    This shows the curtain under the divider. The chickens are not fooled by the curtain lol.

    A close up of the curtain.

    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.

    Here you can see the false floor lifted up by the broom stick.

    The hinge detail.

    A view of the front showing the curtains and steps.

    A view of the outside installed in the run wall.


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    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. snow5164
    "The NEW nest box"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Sep 20, 2018
    Great idea I love it , I want to cut out the dividing walls in my nestboxes now
  2. ronott1
    "Good Article"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Sep 13, 2018
    Very nice job!
  3. CCUK
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 6, 2018
    Fantastic roll away nest boxes. Well made and good, easy to follow plans.


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  1. WhoDatChick
    That is GREAT! I think I just might try the long nest box approach! Thank you:)
  2. NanaKat
    I have found flexible strips of rubber makes good flashing for those hinged lids.
  3. BanditMan
    This is absolutely
    amazing work!!

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