If you use plastic tubs in your nest boxes, what size boxes for...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gale65, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    what size chickens? I found some dishpans that are about 12.5" wide by about 14" long. Would that be big enough for heavy layers? I also found some that are a little wider but quite a bit longer.
  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

  3. SC-ChickMom

    SC-ChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2011
    I was planning on using litter boxes. General thought (In the books I have) is 12" square is big enough for heavy layers.
  4. 202roosterlane

    202roosterlane Happy Hen on a Harley

    Feb 24, 2011
    Central Arkansas
    Hi I use plastic dish wash pales from walmart. I had a heart attack at Trator Supply when I saw they wanted 10 bucks for very little wood. plus I like the fact that the poop (if any) wipes right off, even if dried. Wood not so much. At walmart they were 2 bucks a peice. then I screwed them into the wood so they would not shift as the chickens moved. I have LF and these are perfect. But the one you get from Dollar General are good for Bantams or chicks....

  5. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    SW PA
    Dish pans or small litter boxes are fine, but the girls like their privacy, so you still need dividers.

    5 gal. buckets work fine. I screw a piece of 1x4 across the front bottom to lift up the front slightly and keep it from rolling. You can pyramid them for more. If you want to get the eggs from the back, use a jig saw or saws all to cut half the bottom off.
  6. Fldeb

    Fldeb Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    I used recycling bins from Lowes. They have a lip across the front and are big enough for two of my hens to lay in together. I have RIR and Black Stars.
  7. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks everyone! I never thought about litter pans so I'll check those out too. I mentioned buckets to dh and he doesn't want to go to the trouble of cutting the ends (we do want to be able to collect eggs from outside) but I should be able to cut out the front of a dish pan or litter pan on my own.
  8. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I have used milk crates and an old wicker laundry hamper.Right now the favorite is a booda cat litter box. I like the dome top since no one can sit on it(and poo) like they did with the wicker basket. I got it for $3 at goodwill. I have EE's and RSL hens.


  9. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2011
    Cairo Ga.
    Hi from Ga. Looks like it gets the job done. [​IMG]
  10. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska
    My current nest box arrangement uses kitty litter buckets on their sides. Check out my page, it's got photos to show what I mean.

    I have all sizes, from banties to nice big girls. They all use them, although there are 10 or 12 buckets and they seem to all use the same 3 and the others are just left alone.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011

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