building trapnest fronts? (for telling which hen laid which egg)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by patandchickens, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I tried this before and got some links to useful 'reference material' but as spring approaches and more people join the site I will try again to see if anyone has actual personal experience...

    Anyone ever build your own trapnest setup? (It's a door to the nestbox that latches shut once a hen enters, you check it every 20 or 30 minutes so you can release whomever's in there but that way you can tell who's laid which egg)

  2. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Free Ranging

    Oct 16, 2008
    I have thought of doing this on several occasions.. I think if I could get a simple design where I could retrofit my galvanized nest holes I would do it now.. I want to select 10 hens to put with my isolated rooster..
  3. ozzie

    ozzie Songster

    Nov 12, 2007
  4. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster


    The sample on the Marans page doesn't appear to be a "trap-nest".
    Or maybe I just don't understand the Schematic...........[​IMG]

  5. nivtup

    nivtup Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    Check out the photos above the schematic, shows operation.
  6. Jerad0

    Jerad0 In the Brooder

    Jul 3, 2009
    south of Madison Wi
    could you block off the front of your nest box's and use a live trap. but wont the hen freak out being trapped? I wouldn't want to see her hurt her self.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2009
  7. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    Thanks, nivtup!
    Now I see how it works. It's quite a bit different than any other ideas I've seen (not very many). [​IMG]
  8. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
  9. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster


    THANKS for the last posting (Traditional Trap-Nest). It gave me an idea for using a similar "trigger-stick" through the side of my current nest boxes with a "notched sliding stick" on the outside to release the door. It should work just as well (no string) and the hens wouldn't be able to trip it from outside (no room for a chicken on that side). [​IMG]

    Last edited: Jul 20, 2009

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