covered cat litter box as "nest box"

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cap1717, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. cap1717

    cap1717 6 chooks, 1 slave. . . me!

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    Hi, I was looking around the shed for a 2nd nest box, and found an old covered cat litter box. The door opening is about 6" x 7", and I am wondering if this is big enough. . . my chooks are still young but will be standard size, EE, RIR & Barred Rock, plus one mixed breed pullet, possibley Orphington/ Australop cross.
     
  2. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    It would make a great nest and you've just given me a great idea. Thanks.
     
  3. NGT ANGL

    NGT ANGL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a wonderful idea! ...off to the store to buy a litter box..............[​IMG]
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    That's what I use in my breeder pens. They work great.
     
  5. GreenPastures

    GreenPastures New Egg

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    What a great idea! Thanks.
     
  6. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just put some straw and golfballs in and you're in business! I had to make an "emergency" nest box, and used a recycling bin, screwed a piece of plywood on top for a cover, and it worked! Easy to make them chickens happy.
     
  7. erthymom2

    erthymom2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for banty's i use a cat litter container with the lid off &set on it's side with straw . i put several along the shelf in the coop and use a 2x4 to have them all stay in place.
    they look like the like them - one or two are always used but the last one closest to the window is NEVER used. Must be no one likes the view . LOL
     
  8. morninggloryhatchery

    morninggloryhatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea! That is also what i gave my oldest Pullet who is about to lay and she fits in and out easily she is a mix breed but she is pretty darn big .
     
  9. g_a_brand

    g_a_brand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    love that idea!!! way to go with recycling

    hummm wonder if my cat would notice her covered box is missing [​IMG]

    but really love your idea I wish I had thought of that before I built mine
     
  10. cap1717

    cap1717 6 chooks, 1 slave. . . me!

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    so glad you all like the idea, and even happier that my girls will be able to get in and out comfortably, when they are "of age". . .
    just another stray thought for those wishing to use covered cat boxes. . . hit your local yard sales. . . no need to pay retail!
     

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