High density polyethylene that is easy to clean and will not rust, rot, or corrode.
Ventilation holes for fresh air.
Sloped roof prevents roosting.
Easy to mount and remove for cleaning.
Space saving modular layout - can mount vertically or side by side.
Perch gives hens a place to land before entering the nest.
Raised panel in front keeps bedding and eggs from being pushed out.
Plastic Nesting Box
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"Years of Use"
Pros - Light weight, easy to clean and easy to move.
Cons - Had to buy it unlike homemade ones
I have has the same hang on the Wall nest box for 7 years. For the $20 it cost it was well worth it. Easy to relocate unlike custom built boxes for exact areas. Cleaning with a scrub brush and oil soap every now and again is a big bonus too. Opening has been large enough for my biggest hens and two determined bantams can fit in there with ease.
"Pretty good nest box"
Pros - Easy to clean, light weight.
Cons - None so far
We bought 2 of these boxes about a year ago and put them in the coop before the girls started laying. They have been used every day for over six months by 5 to 9 chickens. We had one girl that preferred the corner on the floor for a while but eventually she started using a box.
We have been happy with them and our girls seem to like them. We added a third box before our pullets started laying just in case. Our Australorp pullets are big girls and they have no problem using them. With the newbies figuring things out there have been a couple broken eggs. I simply took the box off the wall, rinsed it out and rehung when dry.
It's very hot and dry here and the plastic isn't brittle, no cracks or damage in any way. Very happy we opted for these rather than building wood boxes.
"They aren't used"
Pros - easy to hang and clean
Cons - My hens just don't want to lay in them- ever.
I picked two of these up at Tractor Supply about six months ago. I should note that I have nesting boxes in the coop already, but I wanted to change things up so that it was easier to clean and to have the floor of the coop clear of 'coop furniture" (the nesting boxes I have now are made from an old chest of drawers that sits on the ground, so if I got rid of that my hens would have more space to run around). I thought these plastic boxes would be perfect for my needs. However, my girls don't like them and don't use them. I had maybe two or three eggs laid in them total out of the last six months or so that I've had them. I think my girls are not using them because they are used to lots of space in their box. They are standard sized hens.
I gave the product 2 and a half stars because I didn't feel it deserved one star or even two, since someone might have better luck with their flock. Its hard to rate because the design is good. It was so easy to attach these to the wall and they are very easy to clean. However, at $20 per box, it can get quite expensive, and for a piece of plastic that probably only cost less than a dollar of material to make, you know you are getting jipped, which doesn't reflect too wonderfully on the company, but I understand they have to make a profit. I bought it anyway just because it was a whole lot easier than the long arduous task of making a set of wooden nesting boxes one can hang on the wall. Plastic is so much easier to keep clean too. Lighter in weight as well.
To the company, I would say make them a bit larger though with a deeper floor so that when a hen sits her head is popping up out of the window. I'd prefer to pay $10 to $15 for each rather than $20. Its a great idea though.... just needs some fine tuning.