Has anyone built a rollaway nest?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by precipice, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. precipice

    precipice In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area
    We have a confirmed egg-eating pullet, Minnie, and my wife has been reluctant to take the standard BYC advice for such birds -- namely, get rid of them. I'm looking to see if there's any better option.

    I've seen a few references to rollaway nests, where the egg falls out of the nest bottom as soon as it's laid, and is kept away from the hens. Has anyone built such a thing, and if so, would you be willing to post photos or ideas for how to make them work?

    Thanks much.
  2. Vcomb

    Vcomb Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    South Dakota
    My Coop
    here's how I made mine, as you can tell, with scrap lumber. It works quite well. The picures were taken before I put the other side and the top on. most important thing is to have a slide door down in the bottom part there, so the hen cant reach in and eat the egg. also get the biggest egg you can from your flock and used it as a guide to determine the amount of space you need for the egg to pass through.


    And the finished product.

  3. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    I was wondering about this sort of nest too...

    How exactly does it work? Do you have a pic with a chicken and egg in there?
  4. WikkitGateFarm

    WikkitGateFarm In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2008
    Pickaway County, Ohio

    built one that looks like a gang of individual nests in the front, but the bottoms are sloped, and the back looks like the community nest, extended out with a place for the eggs to go.

    I skipped adding the door, and just have the eggs rolling into a piece of plastic gutter. The nest boxes are part of the wall dividing the hens from the work area in the hen house.
  5. Vcomb

    Vcomb Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    South Dakota
    My Coop
    don't have a pic with the egg in there. basically the hen comes in the top door, lays the egg on the top platform. since its slick plywood, it rolls, hits the carpeted back wall, then rolls down underneath the upper platform out of the hen's reach. by angling another piece under the carpet in back like i did the egg rolls to the front where all i got to do is lift a slat and gather the egg.[​IMG]
  6. Dyeworthy

    Dyeworthy In the Brooder

    Dec 20, 2015
    I'm going to build one, this looks much simpler than other creations I've seen.
  7. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Songster

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    There is or was a member on here named Opa he has a very informative thread on a couple different sized roll out nest boxes he built. If you do a search it should come up for you. He gives some dimensions and pictures which show how it works and if you are handy at all you can look it over and keep some of his dimensions in mind and build something similar

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