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Laying Nests & Nesting Boxes item created by kathyinmo, Feb 6, 2012
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 - 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 - 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 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 - Easy
Cons - Very expensive
Well I like it. Just wish it weren't so darn expensive.
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 .
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.