Made my own nest boxes!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hens_And_Chicks, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    I'm no carpenter but I managed to make my own double nest box for my laying hens tonight. I looked at the simple plywood box Meyers has in their catalog and figured out how to do this on my own. I have 6 pullets just starting to lay - they are 20 weeks right now - I'm getting 1-2 eggs per day.

    The comment someone made about looking for your eggs like an Easter Egg Hunt every day really got my attention [​IMG] so I decided to do something about it.

    I thought the plywood nest box I found at Rural King was pretty flimsy and I could at least do that or better (I think mine is better - at least sturdier).

    For a girl - determined and stubborn - I think my hens will find it pretty spiffy! I'm on my way out to the barn to put it in their little pen and fill it up with straw - I hope they like it!

  2. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing 11 Years

    Mar 10, 2007
    Good Job. Now don't you feel good that you made it with your own two hands? Of course, we need pics!! Sure your girls will love them, once they get use to them. Sometimes they kind of freak out with new things. [​IMG]
  3. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    [​IMG] You go girl [​IMG]
  4. equus2

    equus2 Songster

    My girls ignored the wonderfully engineered, sturdy, can-withstand-earthquake nest boxes my DH so lovingly made. They lay in the old iron horse feeder!

    Good job! [​IMG]

    This weekend, I'm gonna make the wooden feeder that was posted awhile back...if I can find it......[​IMG]

  5. digginchicks

    digginchicks Songster

    Jan 15, 2009
    Sullivan, Indiana
    I made my own nesting boxes to and they seem to be working out great. Nice job
  6. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    I took it to the barn and the girls loved checking it out - they were all trying to climb in at the same time - even the roos had to see what it was all about!

    It's not fancy schmancy - just plain and practical so here's hoping my girls are not real prissy. I live in Amish country so they aren't used to frills!

    I have 3 Dominiques and 3 Barred Rocks that were hatched Sept 29th and are just starting to lay - I have 4 Barred Rocks I hatched on Nov 5th and 5 more that hatched on Nov 28 - I put different colored leg bands on them by their hatch date to keep them straight.

    Now I am setting 15 Light Brahmas and after that I am going to set a hatch of Buckeyes - I'm gonna be up to my eyeballs in chickens and eggs pretty soon! And I want some Buffs too and I like the Columbian Wyandotte and some silkies and some bantams and some....
  7. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Songster

    Oct 21, 2008
    Garland, Texas
    Oooh! You got it bad now dontcha? Looks like you may get VERY good at making those boxes.

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