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Chicken nest box plans

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by garyat1965, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. garyat1965

    garyat1965 New Egg

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    Recently we modified two small buildings (each about 8x12) into chicken coops, and I'm looking for nest box plans for 6 hole nest boxes for each coop. We have about 45 chickens--Rhode Island REds, Wyandottes, Rocks, New Hampshire reds, --and are looking for best egg production.

    Anyone have easy to follow 6 hole nest box plans for installation inside the coop?

    Also, being in Michigan, should we consider insulating the coops? We will have lights on a timer in fall/winter.
    Thanks for your help. We are new to this forum--

    Gary
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  3. ZombieChickens

    ZombieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    No plans needed, just get ahold of some cat litter boxes. My girls use them without fail!

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  4. Marshmallow Man

    Marshmallow Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just used that cheap plywood they use on roofs. It's about 5.99 at HD. Make the boxes 4 ft wide about 15" deep and the opening in front about 12" with a 3" lip in the front like those cat litter buckets have. Make the back around 18" high so the top is slanted. Use some furring strips in the corners to screw too. I also used 1/4 x 1/4 hardware cloth for the bottom. Screw to the wall and fill with shavings.

    Be sure you have ventilation. I left my eaves open and put light plywood in as a ceiling with some holes in it. That allows the wind to blow through the eaves and suck the bad air out. The boards keep the snow out of the coop. Windows on 3 sides covered with hardware cloth.

    By the way. We tried 5 gallon round buckets and they didn't use them. The cat litter buckets look doable though.
     
  5. jomercer

    jomercer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:And you have standard-sized chickens? Your girl looks like one of mine. I have a couple of litter pails lying around, but they seemed smallish to me.

    Free and plenty easy to clean, too!
     

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