Buckets as Nest Boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GarlicEater, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Songster

    Feb 23, 2011
    Gilroy, CA
    I'm using a row of 5 buckets as nest boxes, and have it set up so they can be removed for cleaning etc in other words, not nailed or screwed etc in.

    Anyone using buckets as nest boxes? Any thoughts on this?
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  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Songster

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    I never have, but see alot of coops with them. They must work.
  3. Bammy

    Bammy In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2010
    Snow Shoe, PA.
    [​IMG] I have a frame that holds my 9 Lowes buckets. Works great, easy to clean, hens happy.
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  4. Alan M

    Alan M Hatching

    Mar 3, 2011
    I like this, rather than spending silly amounts of money on nest boxes I can go down to my local homeware shop and just buy some buckets.

    One question, do you have anything to stop the buckets from moving around? Is the frame shaped to accept the buckets or do they just sit on a flat shelf and are stable enough like that? I'm in the design stages for a new coop and I'm at the bit I'm thinking about the nesting boxes and this just is too simple to ignore.

    Many thanks.
  5. RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather

    RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather Songster

    Mar 19, 2010

    I use a variety of buckets even the litter buckets for cats. They are great. I often use rope and or fastening agents to keep them stationary. But the frame does work better. I often squeeze the buckets in spaces so they are side by side and wont move out but that sill need a design small enough to fit the amount you want to place. I also use covered cat litter boxes. Because the design is perfect for a nest but the dimensions vary on size of it. But it is perfect for my large gals and they take full advantage of it. Hope this helps...
  6. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    The Imp uses a bucket for his nesting box, and he seems to be very happy with it. I would think that you would want to make the buckets so that they can't roll around. I would think the you could use a couple on 1"x2", or any kind of scrap boards that you have laying around would work.
  7. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
  8. Bammy

    Bammy In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2010
    Snow Shoe, PA.

    This photo shows the framework better. The buckets don't move because they are slightly "wedged' in there. There is a board across the back to keep them steady.
  9. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Mine aren't wedged in, they just sit on the shelf. I have one cinderblock on either side of the 2 buckets. The movement is negligible.
  10. Alan M

    Alan M Hatching

    Mar 3, 2011
    Quote:Thanks for that image, it helps a lot.

    I'm converting half a garden shed into a coop at the moment, I think I'll cut a hole in the bottom of the buckets as they will up against the dividing wall, and then add a hatch on the wall so I can just reach through from our side of the shed through the bottom of the bucket. Less intrusive that way.

    Ever so slowly getting there - though I have next week off work to move the project on a huge amount hence lots of research this week.

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