Hoop house roosts? Nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by taylynnp, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. taylynnp

    taylynnp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need ideas on how to build and attach roosts in my hoop house. What do you use for nest boxes? I would Iove to see pics if you have them. Thanks!
     
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  2. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used 5 gallon buckets in my house. Would you attach them to a end wall?

    I drilled all the buckets at the bottom and made a Key Hole shape hole... so that they will hang on two screw heads.. All you need is a board at the back to attach to. Or you could use different methods of attachment or mounting...

    When the hen in the top bucket went broody, i removed her bucket from the main hen house and moved her to a pen to hatch. All I had to do was pick it up off the screws and put it in the cage.
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  3. mrchickenpoop

    mrchickenpoop Out Of The Brooder

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    There are hundreds of designs on the Internet but the bucket thing isn't that bad
     
  4. taylynnp

    taylynnp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I've been thinking of doing something portable involving a plastic tub so I could move a broody. The bucket would make that easy. Do large fowl fit comfortably, especially with chicks?

    Excellent idea to drill a key hole in the back to hang the bucket on a board. Since the hoop house doesn't have solid walls, it makes additional construction interesting.
    But that would definitely work!
     
  5. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are mounted in a black frame of plywood that was and old projection tv box from a bar.. you could either put a strip of wood the width of the bucket bottom on a wall or the end of the hoop.. trying to picture in the mind.. is it moveable?
     
  6. taylynnp

    taylynnp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We built ours pretty heavy so the hoop house isn't really movable. We just relocated it this week and it took pulling it with the Jeep. Ha!

    There is a 2X4 that runs horizontal across the back wall to give it more strength. I think we could attach a board or the nest buckets to that. I think they would need a perch to get into the bucket like your framework unless I kept them on the ground. We only need 3-4 nests.

    I need to get some roosts attached long ways in the hoop house. I have a post sitting on two concrete blocks for them now but they don't sleep on it yet even at 18 weeks. They all huddle together still. Maybe if I get the roost higher it will be more attractive and then work on putting them on the roost at dark.

    I need them to roost ASAP so I can get nest boxes in there. Otherwise they'll probably try to huddle in the nest boxes.
     
  7. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep the roost higher than the boxes.. With the perches I just screwed some 2x4's to the back boards on the far ends, so that the 1x3 acts like a front stop for the bucket.
     
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  8. Angelicisi

    Angelicisi Overrun With Chickens

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    My hubby built a hoop house and nest box this afternoon.
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    I was googling roost ideas...I have these 8 foot wooden curtain rods that might work perfect on an a frame type stand?

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  9. ngangok2d

    ngangok2d New Egg

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    I think it's a good idea
     

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