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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 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 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 - easy to clean, hygienic, easy mount/dismount, long lasting, chickens like them
Cons - initial cost, entry is a bit awkward
I have 9 chickens and 2 of these boxes. Sure, everyone starts out with lofty plans of homemade eggboxes with trays and doors and whatnots.. We did too. And then we were weeks into building the coop and frankly we were feeling DONE. I found these on sale at Tractor Supply for $17.99 each and just went with it.
I'm glad I did, the girls like them a lot and it's easy to pull them off the wall, even with a chicken in it (you gotta get those broodies out there somehow..) I have only one stubborn bird who keeps laying her egg under the roosts, the others will wait patiently for their turn in the box. It's cute, when one of my birds went broody she kept occupying a box and the other girls would hop around impatiently, like a child waiting to use the bathroom.
They're a little awkward to get into, they may be better suited for slightly smaller chickens, but it's never a real issue for the girls. They make it work.
Purchased 2 of these for my 6 hens. They took to them immediately and work well.
Pros - Easy to clean, and The Girls love it!
We were originally going to build our own boxes, but as we neared the end of our coop build, we decided we'd had enough hammering for one lifetime. Went to Del's and bought 2 of these, and I'm really glad I did. They're easy to clean, the sloped roof keeps the birds from roosting/pooping on it, and all the chickens have been happy to use it. I was afraid my Girls would be too big to use it, but even my brahma fits in nicely. I'm cheap by nature, and I built my coop with lots of reclaimed/repurposed items, but I'm really glad I dropped money on these nest boxes.
Pros - perfect!
These work great! My hens love these!!!
Pros - clean and easy for the girls to use
Cons - my dog has still found a way to get the eggs out!
I really love this box, it's just what we needed be be able to attach it to the back porch. We have three roaming leghorns that insisted on laying by the dogs' lixit and it became a competition to see who could get the eggs (or for us to remember when it was laying time!). We were about to order that plastic-bucket-to-a-nesting-box-thing when we came across this. It was just what we really wanted and installed so easy. The girls took right to it and now the eggs no longer are being laid on muddy ground. The only problem is our egg thief has discovered his big head still fits in the opening and snatches the eggs if we don't get them first. But most importantly the girls love it and are comfortable in it! And if I'd just quit being lazy and reposition it higher I probably wouldn't have a problem with the dog getting the eggs .