Milk Crates for Nest Boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickenLane, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. ChickenLane

    ChickenLane Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2010
    If I take plastic milk crates and cover all side but the bottom will the big enough ie. Deep enough for chickens or should I just build nest boxes and get it over with?
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  2. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    I have no idea- but it sounds like a good idea- it's possible if you get a dark crate and just put something on the bottom to make a lip and put hay in it, if it's in an isolated enough place, the hens might go for it. Drape a towel over it? Hmmmm. . . .you got me thinking. I have three chickens in my horse barn and they keep making a nest in the hay. . .. .
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  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    I use a lot of milk crates because I get them free from the school. My hens seem to love them.
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  4. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    All you have to do is lay the milk crate on its side and put a little "bumper" to hold in the straw and BAM nest box [​IMG]
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  5. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    I use milk crates too! They work just fine sitting up. They seem to like it raised so I tacked some in the wall with nails and some I stacked. They use both.[​IMG]
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  6. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    All we did was build a bench with a lip on the front, and lined the boxes up. Works like a charm, and our big Cochins fit in them just fine.
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  7. jemmerson

    jemmerson Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2010
    OK, and so, with the milk crates stacked, do the chickens need a roosting pole of some kind attached to the front of it to successfully get into it? Sorry, I'm new at this. I also have read attaching this pole out front of the box also helps keep the nesting box more free of poop. Is this true?
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  8. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Quote:I need to gather eggs. I will take a pic when I am out there. Be right back.
  9. Waldo

    Waldo Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 9, 2009
    central west Georgia
    We found a lot of milk crates on the side of the road several years ago and finally found a use for them. As hen nests. We put about a 4 inch board the width of the front to hold in the eggs and straw and nail it to the sides then nail the bottom of the crate to a piece of plywood a little wider and longer than the crate so it sticks out about 6 in. in the front. At the hardware store we bought a pkg. of camoflagued burlap and covered the sides, top and back. Gives them privacey and ventilation. One pkg. coveres several nests. you can nail into these crates easy.
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  10. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Pardon the messy coop. Its finally warm enough to muck out after a long cold yucky winter, and we started yesterday.

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