Ideas for egg laying boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chixcoop, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. chixcoop

    chixcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering how to make egg laying boxes. I know about the wooden boxes, but what are some other ideas. I saw on byc that some person turned 5gal buckets and put them on wood racks, that looked like a great quick and easy way to make egg laying boxes. What are some other ways, and what are the best?
     
  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The best nest boxes are the ones that are built, sturdy and thoughtfully. However, I have used a ton of others things from crates to cardboard boxes, blankets, plastic cartons, plastic buckets, metal trash cans on their sides, and more. Usually the hens chose the nests and I just clean it up and put more hay in it. I memorize where the hidden nests are and collect eggs from them daily.
     
  3. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was new to this last year and no skill to make nests, so I use old drawers and 14" garden pots, worked out great! [​IMG]
     
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  4. sjturner79

    sjturner79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anything about a foot square or foot in diatmeter and a foot deep makes a good nesting box. It may need to be slightly smaller for shy bantams or larger if you have hens that all lay at once. More than 3 in one area seems pointless as I have not seen more than 2 used when you have 4-8 in one spot
     
  5. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the buckets and my chickens like getting in them. I have them screwed to a board. They still were a little wobbly until I put a rock on either end to hold them steady. I glued some rubber on the edge where the lid was cut to make it more comfy for their feet.[​IMG]
     
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  6. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I love it! Very nice looking! [​IMG]
     
  7. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Cute picture! I love the nest box!
     
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  8. chixcoop

    chixcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where can you get the straw from?
     
  9. chixcoop

    chixcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How did you make it say "warning spoiler" then a drop down once you clicken on it?
     
  10. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check Craigslist or TSC / Rural King sell it.
     

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