looking for crates to use as nests

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by soimcrazy, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. soimcrazy

    soimcrazy In the Brooder

    May 10, 2007
    Dinwiddie Virginia
    I'm looking for something like a milk crate, but perhaps not that big, to use as nests. I will need to stack them so they need to be stackable (interlock with one another). I was by Home Depot and didnt see anything, Lowes had some but I think they were just too small.

    If you know of anywhere that sell crates like I need please lest me know....or if you have any other suggestions.

    THANKS !!
  2. newnanchic

    newnanchic Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    Go to your local grocery store and look around back of the store at recieving dock . They usually have some back there that might be bent and just won't stack for hauling milk anymore and they will just give them to you!!!
  3. Offices use similar containers for files...is anyone renovating?
    Rubber horse buckets with a flat back could be used too and often stables discard them when they leak after many years, but the tiny flaw that causes that wouldn't affect your hens...
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Check out this cool nest boxpost.

    On page 3, post #28, Southern28Chick has pix of her stackable nest boxes.

    Hope this helps!

  5. schmism

    schmism Songster

    Feb 16, 2007
    Peoria IL
    not quite a crate, but there have been a few writeups lately on turnning 5 gallon buckets into nest boxes. (again free from the local restaurant/fast food place)
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    You might be able to find something at Bed Bath and Beyond or Target since it's back to college time (or getting there, anyway). I've seen stackable storage crates (cheap, too) during back to school time.
  7. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Songster

    Jan 9, 2008
    Washburn, MO
    Quote:If you have friends with cats, convince than that the best litter is tidy cats scoopable in the 27 lbs pails.
    They are rectangualr, so they stack nicely (just poke a couple holes and zip tie them together) and the lids area hinged 3/4 of the op, so you just cut on the line and you have the perfect size ledge across the front to keep the bedding in.

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