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Laying Nests & Nesting Boxes item created by kathyinmo, Feb 6, 2012
Pros - Durable and cheap! Chickens like it.
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.
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.
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.
Pros - Easy to clean;
Cons - Have to bend over to get eggs; eggs break on the bottom if there is not enough hay; too big, have found two hens stacked on top of each other 4 times.
First nest boxes I have ever had and overall they are pretty good, but there are a lot of things I have problems with. I couldn't even fit them into the cons section... Homemade nest boxes work twice as well.
Pros - Easy to clean, move, and no hidey holes for bugs!
Cons - None in my book
We initially built nest boxes and didn't do a very good job, I'm afraid,although the did use them. So we bought one of these on a whim and hung it up in the coop. The girls started using it immediately. We now have 6 of them stacked in two rows of 3 and they are in constant use. Even my Buff and Light Brahmas fit into them, although I do admit it's a tight fit. We have long since ripped out the old ones.
The biggest advantage I've found is that they are so easy to take off the wall that when one of our girls went broody we were able to take her chosen nest down, move it into the pen that had previously been used for a couple of batches of shipped chicks, and she was barely disturbed.
Pros - Easy to Clean
Cons - Expensive
We bought these because our local Agway was having a major sale and we decided that they would probably easy to clean for beginners like us. We also bought our first 6 chicks (about 2 weeks old) at the same time. We put them in the coop the same day and within a week our chicks have been in and out of them a million times. We shall see if they actually use them to lay their eggs. Also this is a semi biased review as we have no experience with any other nesting boxes! **UPDATE: These boxes are so easy to keep clean, we are loving them and out of all the nesting boxes we have, 2 of them are these boxes and they are the only ones our chickens use! Super thumbs up!
Pros - Easy to clean
Cons - Not getting used
My girls don't use them at all. Had them for over a month. Girls not buying it. They don't like them.
Pros - Easy to set up, Easy to clean, Hens Adore it, Privacy plus, Side slots for the hens to see around them
Cons - Sometimes the girls want to sleep in it --LOL
I paid $18 for this Nest Box to put inside my coop. I have 5 on-the-floor built in nest boxes that are perfectly dark and spacious and lovely...but the girls like this one and that is fine...LOL. Sometimes there are two in there wanting to lay with a 3rd on the foot rail waiting her turn. If I had enough wall space I would buy another one. But it would just get pooped on. Not that it matters I guess because these clean up like a charm. I can tell the girls feel very private and comfortable in them. And when one is not feeling well I've found them in this nest box resting.
It's just a nice product. They've done their homework with the dimensions, the visibility slots, the perch, the cleanability, ease of setting it up, Likability by the hens....Two Thumbs up for this product.
Pros - well made, durable, easy to mount and clean
Cons - Opening too small for larger birds- mine barely fit and wouldn't use it.
I think this would be great for small or medium birds. I never considered my Wyandottes as very large birds but they barely fit in the entrance, and refused to go in and use the nest box.