Building my nest boxes... *PICS*

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MichiganWoods, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
    West Michigan
    Keep in mind I've never looked at plans... nor have I ever built anything like this in my life... I've been looking at a ton of boxes online but just couldn't justify the huge huge cost. Plus, I wanted wood nests with a roll out, and so far I've only seen it made in metal.

    Not perfect, but we'll see how well it works when the chickens arrive!


    Here was the start of the nest box structure:


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    Here I put a lid on the top with a hinge (going to add two more support hinges before I'm all said and done):

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    Here it is on the stand I put together, with it's hinged lid pulled open:


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    Here it is coated with a primer coat of white barn paint:


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    And the back view:


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    And a close-up on the roll back trough:

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  2. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    [​IMG] VERYYYY NICE!!!! u gotta take pics of em in em when they start layin [​IMG]

    good job, [​IMG]
     
  3. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
    West Michigan
    Thank you! I sure will!

    Tomorrow I'm going to give them another coat of paint and hopefully they'll be good to go (bar adding hay!)
     
  4. nhnanna

    nhnanna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] good job [​IMG]
     
  5. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice design, they look great too.
     
  6. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    Quote:well, just dont forget it will have poop all over it later lol [​IMG]
     
  7. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
    West Michigan
    Thank you all. [​IMG]

    Yeah, I know there's going to be a lot of poop. [​IMG] We decided that even though our coop can house 25, we're only going to start with 12 hens. I figure that'll give us enough to deal with for the winter, plus there won't be *as* much poop as there could be. Should make the DLM pretty effective.
     
  8. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Are you going to have it on the inside of your coop or will it be outside with the box openings on the inside?
     
  9. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
    West Michigan
    On the inside. We've got far far too many predators around here for me to put this outside, or even have it open up to the outside. I've been reading that hens like dark spaces to lay their eggs, so I'm going to face the opening towards the back wall and leave about two feet for them to maneuver up into the nests. That way, when I go into the coop, I can walk towards the back and the eggs should be facing me in the trough. That's the idea, anyway!
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2008
  10. chickkat

    chickkat New Egg

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    Real nice ! Did you build the coop too? We just finished our coop and I don't know whether to insulate it or not. Have heard conflicting stories towards weather I should or not. We live in the mountains of west central Montana and it is snowing outside right now ! Went down to 31 this morning. Brrrrrrrr ! By the way I am a newcomer to forums and may make many mistakes before I get this all straight! LOL !
     

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