Metal or Wooden Nesting Boxes

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SouthernBYChickens, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. SouthernBYChickens

    SouthernBYChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious - are there pros and/or cons to using metal nesting boxes vs. wooden nesting boxes? Thanks!!
     
  2. hemet dennis

    hemet dennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    The colder it is you should use wood, metal can get way cold
     
  3. SouthernBYChickens

    SouthernBYChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sorry - just realized I probably should have posted this in the "egg laying or hatching" thread. [​IMG]
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:Sorry - just realized I probably should have posted this in the "egg laying or hatching" thread. [​IMG]

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    I like wood.
     
  5. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our nest boxes are wood but we have plastic dishpans in there that they actually lay in.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I do have a couple of Rubbermaid totes with holes cut in one end that I use as nest boxes in one of my coops that doesn't have nest boxes built into it. I have also used milk crates.
     
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  7. ga_goat

    ga_goat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have both metal and wood , but my chickens like to lay on the dirt floor of the henhouse .
     
  8. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    If it's cold, I'd recommend wood, but seeing as we have a coop that's pretty much just an iron shell, we have little arch-like structures that we prop up and they'll lay underneath those on the dirt ground. I think I prefer it that way so I don't have to clean out the bedding all the time. [​IMG]
     
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    If it's hot, I'd recommend wood.

    In Phoenix, metal would end up being like an oven and cook the eggs before you gathered them.
     
  10. MERCERS

    MERCERS Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd recommend wood no matter the climate, since it's such a bad conductor of heat. When it's hot, wood is cooler. When it's cold, wood is warmer. Best of luck!
     

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