Lay Boxes for Bantams

RMorrow

Chirping
5 Years
Mar 20, 2014
14
0
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Kearney, MO
My wife has recently gotten very smitten with bantams and now we have bantam cochins, silkies, d'uccles, and sebrights. They have their own coop separate from our full size flock and everyone seems quite happy, especially my wife. My question is about the lay boxes for these little guys. For my full size chickens I use 5 gallon buckets that work out fine, but the bantams just look so tiny in those buckets. So what do you all use for your bantam lay boxes? I guess I could just use smaller buckets but any ideas would be appreciated.
 

21hens-incharge

Nuttier than a squirrels stash
BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Mar 9, 2014
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I use dishpans in a wooden frame I built. Mine like them well enough that I have had constant broodies for over 3 months.



It cost me less than 60 to build and they really like it.
 

mlbuttercup

Chirping
May 24, 2015
59
35
71
Leesport, PA
I was wondering about the size too. My shelves are 22" wide. Would 11" wide boxes be good? Were making a coop out of an entertainment center so I have to work with what I got. It's a girl scout project.
 

21hens-incharge

Nuttier than a squirrels stash
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Premium Feather Member
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My boxes shown above were built to fit the tubs. The tubs are 11 inches wide and 14 inches deep so yes 11 inches wide works.
Even my big fat wayandotte is broody in one as I type this.
 

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