milk crate on for laying "box"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crystal94040, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. crystal94040

    crystal94040 Songster

    Aug 15, 2007
    I just found our first egg and it was in their pan of food ( we just use a casarole pan) SO I put in a milk crate and pit some straw in it. We had a large box with straw in it before but they didn't seem to like it. Do you think a milk crate will be ok?? It holds 4 gallons of milk side by side so you get an idea of the size....I filled it about 1/2 way with straw.
  2. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    Put a couple of eggs or golf balls in the box to help them understand that where they're suppose to lay.
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    When we had a girl go broody and hog the official nestbox, we added a milk crate with straw on the floor of the coop so the other girls wouldn't have to fight with Miss Grumpy Pants in order to lay their eggs.

    But they never laid an egg in it. Perhaps because they were used to using the upright nestbox, they ignored the milk crate on the floor. We removed it after a week and let them duke it out with Her Broodiness.
  4. Josie

    Josie Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Growing up, our chickens layed in milk crates. Do you let your girls free range before they have had a chance to lay? If so, they may be a little more picky about where they lay.
  5. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    i have 3 milk crates in the coop and none of my girls lay in them instead the all perfer one corner of the coop where they have made a nest with the pine shavings and they all take turns leaveing thier eggs in the same nest -- all but my banty she goes under the coop in a nest only she can get to and has made a nest out of dirt and some shavings

  6. karri25

    karri25 Songster

    Feb 5, 2007
    I have 8 milk crate nesting boxes. We screwwed them sideways into the wall. Every one of my girls but one uses them. We did the golfball thing.
  7. paganfish

    paganfish Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado
    Milk crates are the preferred nest boxes for my girls. (Heck, even the dudes love to snuggle in them!) I call them my ghetto nest boxes...I guess my girls are from the hood!!! [​IMG]

    Hummm...I should name them all Jenny! Jennies from the block. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2008
  8. Gracie_Chickie

    Gracie_Chickie In the Brooder

    Sep 22, 2007
    I put 2 milk crates in for my girls. I plan on getting other nest boxes, but in the mean time, just in case they are precocious and decide to lay early (they are 18 weeks), I wanted something for them to nest in. How many boxes would be right for 12 hens?
  9. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    Catawba County, NC
    paganfish said -
    Hummm...I should name them all Jenny! Jennies from the block

    Good idea, after all...hens have big bootys! [​IMG]
  10. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I have the standard attached to your wall wooden nestboxes. I also have several milk crates and some buckets turned on their sides and wedged so they can't roll.

    My silkies prefer the milk crates and buckets...easier to get into I think. But my big gals will lay in the crates too. And they scrub up soooooo much easier , I love the crates.

    I have a broody silkie sitting on eggs in a crate now

    Julie [​IMG]

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