Any creative nesting box ideas?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Alphagamchick, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. Alphagamchick

    Alphagamchick Songster

    Mar 26, 2007
    I don't want to build our nesting boxes. I've seen some nice nesting box ideas here-plastic containers, milk crates, small wooden boxes. What are some other very inexpensive ideas I can use?
  2. doodledo

    doodledo Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    I did the milk crates. But I put a piece of wood the length of all the boxes and skipped every other one. So I got 5 boxes on each level but only used 2 milk crates. Mine chicks are to small yet but it will work just fine.
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I've got 2 milk crates and 2-5 gallon buckets as my nestboxes. No eggs yet, but we should be getting some very soon!
  4. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    i built was fun and i have no carpentry skills whatsoever...took me less than a couple of hours to make em and mount em on the back of the coop...i just followed some examples off here.

    Where does one get milk cartons from anyway?
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I think they mean milk crates, you can buy them at walmart or Kmart, etc...
  6. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    yeah i meant crates...whoops i bet that looked would have to be a big carton!LOL
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:Nah, I was trying to figure out where you get milk in cartons these days, lol. Around here everything is in plastic!!
  8. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    NW Florida
    I salvaged some drawers from a desk someone was throwing away. They are a tad small, but maybe not too much. Perfect shape, and deep. Maybe my banties will like them if they turn out too big (edit: too SMALL) for the heavies. I just love the charm of the old wood ...

    Not that I'll be needing nest boxes for a WHILE yet ...

    Last edited: Aug 25, 2007
  9. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Songster

    Jul 27, 2007
    I thought about using kitty litter boxes, but they're SO expensive! Instead I bought a few storage boxes from Freddy's that were on sale for a few dollars.
  10. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    In one of our eras of chickens, the hens kept flying up to our second story porch and laying the eggs right out in the open. So we just grabbed some cardboard boxes, squashed the flaps down inside, and threw in a handful of hay. Simple, inexpensive (especially since you can get them for free if you go to most grocery stores late in the evening), and replaceable when they get dirty.

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