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design for roll away nest box

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by insideout, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. insideout

    insideout New Egg

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    Anyone have a design for a nest that uses bedding such as straw hay or something where the egg still roll's away? My chickens like to lay on hay and don't like to lay on hard surfaces. Pictures would be awesome
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Maybe these might help. In the sideview the vertical board will abut the wall between the pen and work area [​IMG][/img] [​IMG][/img][​IMG][/img][​IMG][/img] [​IMG]
     
  3. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is gorgeous. Did you build it yourself or buy it ? I would love to have nest boxes like that.
     
  4. wishin4chicken

    wishin4chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your nexting boxes are fantastic! Do the hens use them?
     
  5. suburbanhomesteader

    suburbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I second that emotion! I'm in the process of designing mine, and was going to start cutting lumber on Friday.

    I like yours better than what I came up with; do you have plans or instructions? Dimensions?
     
  6. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I built this without much of a plan with scrap material so alot of it was trial and error. I'm attaching a crude plan but you will have to refer back to the pictures and verify measurements. The inside diminsion of each nest area is 12" wide & approx 13" deep with a 12" front opening. After you have constructed the sides, bottom, center partition, ramps & ramp floor, attach the back curtain board partion. It will need to be high enough from the floor to allow eggs to roll under in. I ordered astro turf for nest from Farm-Tex. It is designed directional to allow eggs to roll on it if there is an incline. I ordered 4 nest pads to use for 2 nests. 1 piece for each incline ramp and I cut the other 2 to use as the eggs tray floor and bumper. After everything works attach your top, roost and back lid. I then mounted the entire nest in the wall with the roost 16" from the floor. I'm sorry that the plan isn't more complete but you should be able to adapt it to your needs [​IMG][/img]
     
  7. sumayahrose

    sumayahrose New Egg

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    hello. these pictures are no longer viewable via this thread. i would really love to see these nest boxes so if there is a way to repost the pics are email them directly to me I would be deeply grateful. thanks!
     
  8. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I'll post the pictures again soon. I recently built a six nest box that I'm real happy with. If you pm me I'll forward pictures and plans for the double nest box. I haven't drawn up plans for the six nest box but plan to do so soon. The rollout nest is definately the way to go. The only bedding material I use is the astroturf material nest pad. Take them out, smack them on the edge of the fence, clean.
     
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    As promised here are some pictures of the rollout nest I have built. For those of you who have written asking for directions and shop drawings I am attempting to get them to you. They are on a computer in my shop and I have been having difficulty sending them. Some of you have received them while others haven't. I can't even seem to get a copy e-mail to this computer. I'll try to resolve the problem as soon as possible. Sam

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  10. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    Looks fantastic Opa, I can't wait to build a set for my coop.[​IMG]
     

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