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Bucket nest boxes - Do your chickens fit?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by australorpchick, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. australorpchick

    australorpchick Songster

    Feb 18, 2009
    Canyon Lake, TX
    Does anyone use 5 gallon buckets as nest boxes for their larger-than-bantam chickens? I've seen pictures of people using them, but I look at the bucket and I look at my 10# BA and think how in the world is she going to stuff herself in there??? I even question if my smaller BR and CM could squeeze their feathered rears in there. Are there wide mouth buckets for birds of wider girths?

  2. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

    Nov 6, 2009
    Quote:Not that they're nesting in it, but I had 7 games in a bucket the other day. There seemed to have been one or two pieces of corn left and they all hopped in. I never seem to get pics of things like that. So the games are about 4-5 pounds each times 7, so yes they'll fit.
  3. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    I started out with 5 gallon buckets, but most of the girls didn't like them...
  4. rnoyster

    rnoyster Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    Conway, South Carolina
    I use them and my Orpingtons fit fine when the buckets are on their sides. I just cut the lids in half and put one half of the lid back on, put a little straw in the buckets and they all use them! AND they are super easy to clean too!
  5. moonlyghtegirl

    moonlyghtegirl Songster

    Feb 16, 2009
    I don't use buckets but I do have nest "boxes" made of concrete pipe, with the back closed and a lip on the front so they don't scratch out the nesting material, and the eggs don't get knocked out. You can get it in whatever dimension you want or can afford. Super easy to clean...and permanent
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I had 3 grown Leghorn hens in a bucket at one time. Made a cute picture! I also had Buff Orpingtons, Red and Black Star hens using the bucket nest as well. They like crampy places for laying

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