Good temporary nesting box?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chicken4prez, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Crowing

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    Hi!

    I have a hen who just started laying yesterday but her and her friends are in my shed in a cage/pen temporarily until my new coop is done. They will be in the shed for just a couple more days hopefully.

    Anyways this morning I found her laying in our rabbit's feed bag and I don't really want her laying in there so is there a way to make a quick nesting box so she can be comfortable? I have some hay if that might help any. :)
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

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    Can you get an 18 gallon tote? I used those for nesting boxes and the birds love them. Just cut a door into the side and put some hay in and they're good to go. Here's my broody AC in one:

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    This isn't my video but this is how to make one:

     
  3. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Crowing

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    Thanks, @Pyxis! I might have a couple hiding somewhere... :thumbsup
     
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  4. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

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    The cardboard box or 5 gal bucket will do the trick.
     
  5. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    +1 on the cardboard box not too sure about a 5 gallon bucket even though I found my first egg in a 5 gallon bucket. They like to lay in a dark place where others have laid.

    JT
     
  6. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

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    QUOTE where others have laid QUOTE

    If you put some of the old nest box bedding in the new one, will she think others have laid there??:confused:
     
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    Frazzemrat1 Crowing

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    a covered cat liter box will work too. That's what I use permanently for nest boxes. Resized_20171008_115228.jpeg
     
  8. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Crowing

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    So you flip the box and cut an opening for her like the plastic tote?
     
  9. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Crowing

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    Well the old nesting boxes were filled with rabbit things and I don't really want her laying there. ;) I put some gay in the corner of the pen so maybe she will lay there this morning. It's a bit closed off and dark so maybe there's a chance. :fl
     
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    chicken4prez Crowing

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    Good idea! I have never thought of that before. :D
     
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