An idea for a nice nesting box. Its cheap too!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sgray136, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. sgray136

    sgray136 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had an inspiration today when looking for something to make a nesting box. I came across this discarded cat litter container and Ureka!

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    I first cut the bucket into two pieces making sure that the bottom section was large enough for the chicken that would be using it. In this case a bantam hen.

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    I then made a cut down two corners so as to allow the bottom scection to be placed into the top section.

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    I then ran a bead of hot glue around the bottom section of the container, collapsed its edges so it would fit into the top section and then pushed the two together making a shallower box.

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    I then cut the seam between the two section lid leaving the smaller section that is designed to stay put.

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    Here is the finished product installed. A little straw and Ms. banty pullet is happy. This is cheap and easy to clean. The bottom could be cut out also leaving a small ridge and then the lid end could be kept in tack and used as an egg door.

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  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    A couple of folks use litter boxes, I have one cut down as well
     
  3. paganfish

    paganfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado
    Well, now that's interesting. I used cat litter boxes but they don't have the lip like the one you have. I need to get that cat litter now so I can use that. Thanks!

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  4. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    i use cat litter box (plain with no lid or lip) as waterers and feeders for the water fowl. i love to see what people make with just around the house.
     
  5. Eryn

    Eryn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    great idea on modifying one of these buckets! I'm feeling inspired now to see what else I can find around the house! hehe
     
  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    Cool [​IMG]
     
  7. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    You are a genius!!!!![​IMG]I see those sitting all over the place on trash day so I will recycle some and clean real well before I use. I like to save the environment as much as possible when I can so I wont buy those boxes. I bet there are other uses you can come up with also. [​IMG]
     
  8. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Great Idea. Thanks! - I have some of those here right now and I am actively building a banty house. These will be really easy to clean also.
     
  9. McEgg

    McEgg Out Of The Brooder

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    I have about 7 of the cat litter boxes. I knew I was saving them for something!! still waiting for eggs though....
     
  10. Gonzo the Great

    Gonzo the Great Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How high up can a nesting box be? I'm thinking like a human in which it would be difficult to hop up to a box when I am about to bust out an egg!?
     

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