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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by worms7, Sep 25, 2016.
Has anybody used the chick box nest box ? Or little giant from Miller?
Yes that's it
I have seen the oriiginal product and looked at the video Nice concept. as a product designer I love the whole idea of a completely injection molded box.
There are some practical issues i see with this set up though. but the biggest one i see is the removable hatch on the back.
I know in England your predator issues are different than here... The latch on the back would be very easy for a raccoon to open. Therefore the only way i would use something like that is if the access side were inside an egg collection partition within the coop. Something predator proof.
What about the other box from chick box it is brown or yellow for inside the shed & what do you
think about the egg tray??
The rollout egg tray looked interesting....and looks like it fits within either box.
I like that the perches fold up, that could be handy.
But I don't care much for plastic, if it breaks it often cannot be repaired and it's non sustainable.
Plus, I'd rather build stuff myself out of mostly wood.
Agrees about the outside access door, even a fox could paw at that lock and it would open easily, and it looks like it would fall right off, bad design.
I found it odd that there are no dimensions of product or prices anywhere on website, even the couple of sales websites I checked.
I am thinking of plastics no mites . What do you think of
the little giant ( grey sloping roof)
I don't know enough about mites to know in fact that plastic is a less hospitable surface for them to live.
I highly suspect that might be a marketing ploy to sell plastic coops and accessories.
Occluded surfaces, where 2 pieces of any material meets, can offer shelter to harbor mite populations.....
.....and I suppose that wood might hold more moisture and that might make a better habitat.
But I have been fortunate never to have had to deal with mites of any kind.
If I did have mites, I would use a liquid permethrin product to soak infested habitat.
Meanwhile, I do use some DE in areas of occlusion, cracks and crevices of nests and roosts, as a possible preventative of any insects taking up residence there.
I don't care much for any of the prefabbed stuff, plastics especially where structural integrity is involved,
but again I have the skills and tools to build most of what I need myself.
Feeders and waterers sure, for wash-ability...but that's the only thing I 'wash'(clean with liquid).
Mites may not get in the nest boxes but they certainly will get in between ANY wood products within the coop.
I havent been able to look at and haNDLE the product but it appears to be made of High Impact Polystyrene... a Tough material that lends itself to injection molding. the same product is used for the housings for car batteries.
It is recycleable and I would prefer the literature on the website specifies what brand of plastic and how much recycled material is used in the process.
I still wouldnt want one just like I wouldnt want an all metal nest box.