Exterior Nest Box Plans...anyone have them?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hokankai, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're going to begin working on our nest boxes and I thing I've changed by mind about having interior one...does anyone have plans or instructions on how to build exterior boxes with a hinged lid? I am not a handy person and could use all the help I can get!

    Also, how do you attach the nest boxes to the coop? That part's got me all confused [​IMG]
     
  2. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just sort of put mine at the end of the run area. They have a brace across the top for the hinges, and the base is burried in the ground a few inches. Since you are in a much colder climate, I would just do essentially the same thing, but braced against the side of the coop with little holes cut in for them to go in and out. I like being able to get the eggs from the outside. I'm sure someone here will have a better cold-weather coop example for you. The chickens always use mine- although, of course, they always use the SAME ONE! See:
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  3. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    I have exterior nest boxes. I don't have plans, but they're pretty easy to make. My BYC page has pics on how I attached them to the coop.
     
  4. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

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    I use a couple of different ones around the yard. I have a couple of 5 gallon buckets out on my patio on my planting table, for some reason the hens love to sit on my table so i put them a bucket. i get more eggs from there then i do the other nest boxes. I also have under a leantoo shelter the tin nesting boxes from an old barn. they use it a good bit, but nothing like the buckets on my planting table.
     
  6. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the links and the pics! I still can't decide whether or not I want interior or exterior nest boxes...what are the pros and cons of each?
     
  7. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did mine exterior just so they didn't take up so much floor space, plus they can't roost/ sit on them that way.
     
  8. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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