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Anyone have luck with nesting boxes outside coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tippyman, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Tippyman

    Tippyman Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2014
    I just made a nesting box outside the coop to try and alleviate any crowding and competition I may have once laying picks up this spring. My coop is small and there was no room inside for another box, so I made one outside near the coop.




    It's a 5 gallon bucket with another cut open and spread on top to act as a weather guard. The nesting box they have inside the coop now is also a 5 gallon bucket, so I'm hoping they take to it. This one is obviously not as secure and safe as one nestled inside a dark coop, so I don't know if they'll use it.

    They did use a dog kennel I left in the run for a while before I caught on to them! Laid 19 eggs inside before I realized they were using it!

    Anyone else have something like this? How'd it work out for you?
  2. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    I'm interested to hear if they start to use it. I have never tried myself though sorry.
  3. DallasCriftins

    DallasCriftins Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine free range all day and lay where it suits them occasionally
    They mostly stick to the communal boxes I have but not always and not when broody

    From time to time they have used the dog kennel which is at the other end of the field in a shelter the geese nest in, and even wheelie bin laying on its side, (very popular with the Appenzellars) and we found 28 eggs in a clutch under a topiary snails last spring.

    For use in the fields in the summer I have a converted caravan as a coop which for the winter is parked up by my garage I have one of this years hatch that waits for me to open it up every morning.
  4. Tippyman

    Tippyman Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2014
    Saw one hen go in it, sit for a couple of minutes, and leave. No eggs.

    I put a couple of wooden eggs in the box to encourage them. We'll see.
  5. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have dog houses scattered around my run. They all lay in them, whether I want them to or not.
  6. uzisuzuki

    uzisuzuki Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2014
    I ended up doing this because they were laying outside the coop. I'm new to chickens, so I thought it'd be easier on all of us if I just put something more secure in the area they were using. So far, it's been working well!
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015
  7. Tippyman

    Tippyman Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2014
    Someone keeps hopping in but not laying. All the shavings and wooden eggs are moved. Maybe they're getting the hint.

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