kitty nest box, lol

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ebonykawai, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. Last edited: Feb 19, 2008
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    it looks like it will work [​IMG]
  3. Varisha

    Varisha Songster

    Mar 22, 2007
    I bet that would work just fine [​IMG]
  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    It'd be a pain to get the eggs out, I think...with the steps in there it doesn't look like you can easily get your hand in - you'd have to take the lid off every time??

    Seems like a good old milk crate would be cheaper and work just as well....
  5. LOL, but how eggciting for them to go up the ramp!! It's all dark, they'll feel like they're going to the movies! [​IMG]
  6. buzzard chick

    buzzard chick Songster

    Aug 17, 2007
    Toms River, NJ
    I have 2 I use for nest boxes. They love it and the lid comes off easily. I got mine at PETCO. On sale I got $10.00 off with my PETCO card.

  7. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    I think they would work. A bit expensive tho!!
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2008
  8. greginshasta

    greginshasta Songster

    Jul 26, 2007
    Mount Shasta, CA
    Why bother with that? As Arlee said, it's going to be a hassle to get the eggs out.

    We have 3 nesting areas in our coop. One is a wooden box mounted against the wall. Above that is a small sheet of plywood at a 45 degree angle from the wall down to the front of that box. The 3rd is a milk crate.

    We were just gone the last 2 days. When we returned there were several eggs in the milk crate, and a few more in the hidy-hold above the box. None in the exposed box.

    Why spend $30 for something that will be awkward to get the eggs from each day when a cheap egg crate works fine and you can immediately see if there are eggs in it?
  9. littlelemon

    littlelemon Songster

    Mar 15, 2007
    This past month in Backyard Poultry there were some photos of covered kitty litter boxes being used for nest boxes. I had been using milk crates, but the eggs were always getting pecked and dirty and stepped on, and half of the hens wouldn't lay in them anyway.

    I put in two of the covered litter boxes and now ALL of the hens lay in there and the eggs stay clean! I love it. I think the hens like the privacy, and one of them is big enough that I have seen 2 hens go in there and lay at the same time!

    I got one from a friend, and the other one I got at The Anderson's general store for $12.99. It was worth the expense IMO.
  10. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    It might be kinda creepy sticking your hand in to feel around for eggs....... you COULD grab or stick your hand into a nice fresh poop :eek:
    It would be a little inconvinient to take the top off each time you want to collect eggs.....

    Perhaps you could cut an opening in that lid, and make some kind of little door to get eggs???

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