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egg nest? anyone use a crates before????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ab333, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. ab333

    ab333 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 28, 2009
    I have heard that some people have used crates for there nesting boxes???? What are your ideas on that. I am wondering if that could be my problem with the hens not laying. I use pine shavings in the coop and then just added straw to it and in the "nest boxes" along with a golf ball in each....
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    I use the milk crates and it doesn't bother them.
  3. slightlyscrambled

    slightlyscrambled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    I have 8 nest boxes in my coop 6 wooden and 2 milk crates one is the bigger more rectangular, and the second one is square.
    I have six hens currently laying and only one girl uses the wooden boxes all of the others like the milk crates.
  4. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    The coolest nests i've seen are the ones somebody made out of those 5 gallon jugs of oil for cooking. They're kinda square and they cut our an area in the side of the jug, but in bedding and bam. You have a nest box. My chickens would love it. I just keep forgetting to go around and ask for the jugs. I used a small carrier once because my AO didn't want to lay her eggs on the shelf where the others do. So I gave her a crate. Then the others started using it and she quit. I have even seen people use litter boxes. The ones with the top. Five gallon buckets turned on their side. Small storage containers, without the lids of course.
  5. ab333

    ab333 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 28, 2009
    Thanks so much for your replies:) If you have any pics could you share?? Thanks again,

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