DIY nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TheRookie, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. TheRookie

    TheRookie Songster

    Okay we are new to chickens and we are converting our old tool shed into a coop with a run out back. Thing is... i dont know how big to make the nesting boxes. We are going to have Silkies and RIRs (i know its not a great combo but the RIRs were my moms idea). Also, if i have stuff like milk crates and 5 gal. cat litter tubs, could i convert those? Sorry for all the questions but i just dont want to mess up on my first go. Thanks [​IMG]

  2. wren

    wren Songster 11 Years

    May 27, 2007
    St Augustine, FL
    I just use a cardboard box with straw in it and set them on the ground in the shed. If it gets dirty or broken I burn it. I like the idea of a milk crate with straw in it because it will not collect moisture or goo.
  3. Rockyriver

    Rockyriver In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2012
    These are all 12 inches wide excpt the 2nd from the right and its 15 inches for my old big Bertha hen I own.

    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    You can simply cut scrap plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) into squares of 18". Lay a bead of carpenter or Elmer's glue on the edge, and nail them together. I use a nail gun, it goes very quickly. I also shoot a piece of 1x3 or 1x4 scrap on the lower front edge. That "lip" helps to hold the straw or shavings in the box.

    Set the boxes up on a couple of cinder blocks laid down. That 8" off the floor is just fine for pullets They'll take right to them.

    Nesting boxes can be as simple as a cube or as fancy as you wish to make them. The hens do appreciate having the boxes located or oriented in a way that makes them dark. Hens like the darker nature of laying box to do their business.

  5. adgcountrygirl

    adgcountrygirl Songster 7 Years

    Two of my nesting boxes are the large cat litter pans with lids. I take the plastic door off of the lids, and use pine shavings for nest material. The girls love it, and the boys approve. (One or both of my big roos will round out a nest in the boxes every time I put in fresh material. Then they hop out and "tell" their ladies that they've found a nice nest!)
  6. prescott2k

    prescott2k In the Brooder

    Feb 10, 2012
    Dixon, CA
    Milk crates should work just fine. I know that some people like to attach a small lip on the edge of the crate to hold the bedding in the box (as well as the eggs) but even this shouldn't be too difficult.

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