I caved and bought plastic storage cubes for easy nest boxes.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by off-grid hen, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,130
    30
    168
    Mar 1, 2011
    Upstate NY
    After realizing that we had too few nest boxes I asked my husband to build a few more, and I got "the look". We had no more scrap lumber or plywood. My girls REFUSED (brats!) to use 5-gallon pails- and milk crates didn't offer enough privacy. [​IMG] I was a bit bummed, because I wanted to reuse or recycle materials we already had. Oh, well. My other nest boxes are made for my leghorns and dominiques, and my partridge rock girls wouldn't use them. I tried the pressboard cubby-type shelves in closet rennovation sections of several stores, but the dimensions seemed a bit small. They were 10 or 11 inch square- smaller than the other nest boxes!.

    So... I looked for an enclosed milk crate, and found these. They have little pins so they can snap together. I hooked three, laid them sideways, slid them under the existing nest boxes, and voila!

    http://www.target.com/p/itso-Cube-White/-/A-12719910


    And instead of trying to rig a board in front to keep shavings in, I just bought a few 10 or 12 qt dishpans at the dollar store.


    What I love about these is that I can hose them down and bleach them if needed, and I didn't have to ask hubby to build a thing. I put them in yesterday, and my bigger girls have already been playing around in them. [​IMG]
     
  2. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

    4,149
    224
    258
    Jun 21, 2011
    Oklahoma
    What are the measurements? You're a genius!!
    I used to get "that look" when I wanted something built, too lol I finally just sucked it up and started doing it myself. I may be slow but I get it done.
     
  3. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,130
    30
    168
    Mar 1, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Quote:They are just over 14" square, and I bought black instead of white, with black dishpans. Which is good bc I want to get some bigger breeds in the spring).I am REALLY bad with power saws, so I just couldn't get the job done. I'm fine with a miter box, but any sort of hand-held power saw- I'm afraid. I'm a little embarassed about that. [​IMG]

    I TRIED the other easy methods, but they'd have none of it. I wish my chickens were as easy-going as some others on here.
     
  4. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

    4,149
    224
    258
    Jun 21, 2011
    Oklahoma
    Quote:They are just over 14" square, and I bought black instead of white, with black dishpans. Which is good bc I want to get some bigger breeds in the spring).I am REALLY bad with power saws, so I just couldn't get the job done. I'm fine with a miter box, but any sort of hand-held power saw- I'm afraid. I'm a little embarassed about that. [​IMG]
    I TRIED the other easy methods, but they'd have none of it. I wish my chickens were as easy-going as some others on here.

    No, it's genius! And so easy to clean with the dishpans. I think you did awesome lol
     
  5. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

    666
    16
    151
    Dec 18, 2008
    Middle TN
    I like it, too! I love my covered cat litter box, but I might need 2 now. Can you take some pix of how it looks in place? Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  6. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,130
    30
    168
    Mar 1, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I can try to take pictures. I don't know if I can hunch down under the poop board to get a straight-on shot though. I'll have to see. [​IMG]
     
  7. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,130
    30
    168
    Mar 1, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Also- if anyone had a source for less expensive enclosed crates, post it here! I also wanted to mention that the dishpans just *barely* fit. they are 12 qt sterilite brand, I think.
     
  8. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    834
    0
    119
    May 20, 2010
    San Diego
    I use the same cubes for my nest boxes! They work great!
     
  9. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    12,308
    170
    323
    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    We have them too. If you trim scrap boards down you can screw them from the sides (holes in the plastic) and create a lip on the front to hold the straw in place.
     
  10. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2011
    Laurens SC
    I had 2 nest boxes ( med sized dog houses set up for my girls when I bought some older laying hens.. and for the first couple days the new girls used thier box and my org girls used the box they had been using.. then all of a sudden no one would go in to the new one and all lay in the one.. so I just took the new one out.. seams to work ok.. every once in a while they get backed up and its like a run way at the airport. one in the box one on deck and one on the side.. hahha.. silly girls
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by