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Laying Nests & Nesting Boxes item created by kathyinmo, Feb 6, 2012
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 - 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 - Clean, neat looking.
Cons - They don't make them in bantam size
With all of the bantam breeders, you would think a company would consider making these nest boxes in a bantam size as well as large fowl.
Pros - Easy
Cons - Very expensive
Well I like it. Just wish it weren't so darn expensive.
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 - 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.
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 keep clean and the "girls" like them.
Cons - Not high enough front edge. All my shavings keep getting kicked out onto the coop floor.
Basically a nice design. Since they are easily removed from the wall, they appear to be easily cleaned with a garden hose if need be. Our wooden nest box fell apart and the hens didn't blink an eye with these new boxes.
My only concern is that the front edge of the actual box is a little too shallow. The hens are constantly kicking the shavings out onto the floor of the coop.
Pros - I didn't have to build it!
Cons - Perch is too close.
I knew I wasn't going to build nest boxes, and I don't like the cheapy plywood box TSC sells for $10.
I wish the landing bar were further away from the box. I had to put them down low so the girls could jump in. They tried flying up, but couldn't maneuver it. I am also not sure about going broody in the box. Of course, I would give a hen a Queen sized bed if I thought she would prefer it.
Pros - easy to pull from the wall to clean
Cons - wish it had an egg tray
I like the box, its easy to clean,. I installed with hex head screws with a flared washer attached. Just pull up and out to remove and clean. The top is sloped so no birds will roost on top of it.