Modifying TSC Coop - Nest box size?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tjcib, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. tjcib

    tjcib Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought one of the coops from TSC that will be too small for my 6 Australorp girls. Oh well, rookie mistake...

    So now I am doing some renovations...I have two huge 4'x8' PVC panels (1.5" thick). I am going to craft nesting boxes out of those and use the coops built in nesting space for additional room (get it up to about 18 sq.ft...which I know is bare minimum).

    I believe two nesting boxes would be sufficient for 6 hens. The attach point is a weird shape, so I'm wondering about height for the next box:

    Any issues with a 12" H x 13" W x 12" D box? I notice most retail boxes have a slanted top. Any advantage to that?

    It will also have a lip on the entrance about three inches high to keep it separate from the shaving on the Coop floor.

    Am I missing any considerations? Of course it will hav an access panel, probably the roof on hinges.

    Other thoughts?
     
  2. Happy Quack

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    You may want to consider a new coop.
    . I use to work at tsc and got one really cheap. It barley made it one year. I had bought it as transition coop for young chickens.
     
  3. tjcib

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    A new one is in the realm of possibility.

    I actually thought about building one under our deck (about 5 feet of head space) but $$$$
     
  4. PapaBear4

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    Quote: Holy moly! That's some heavy duty material. That would make for a very overbuilt nestbox. PVC also tends to degrade in the sun.


    Quote: That's a good size, yes. They're often slanted to keep hens from sitting and pooping on top of the nest boxes.


    Quote: That will also keep eggs from rolling out of the box.


    Quote: No, I think you've covered it all for the nest boxes themselves. I'm still not sure that 1.5" PVC is the right material for the job though. The only other thing I can think to mention is to try to make sure that the roost bar is higher than the nest boxes.

    Let us know how it works out!
     
  5. tjcib

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    Talking with my wife I think we have decided just to build a new coop from scratch. I am going to use that thick PVC as the floor because I think it will clean really well and not be absorbent. As you said it might also keep it out of the sun and last longer.

    I appreciate you mentioning the roost bars being higher than the nest boxes. I never thought about that. That certainly is helpful
     
  6. PraiseGod

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    If you build the nest box entrence flush with the wall then you don't need to build a slanted top one. And it gives more room inside the coop.
     
  7. PapaBear4

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    Happy to be of value! If you have other questions about things specific to your setup you're welcome to PM me.
     
  8. PraiseGod

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    One more random point, though you may already know, a poop board at least 2' wide with a lip filled with horse stall freshener is a must have. It's amazing how well it absorbs ammonia and easier to clean than cat litter. I prefer granulated.
     
  9. tjcib

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    Yes, was planning on mounting it on the outside.


    I still haven't decided what the roost setup will be, but the poop board will play a role in that. Thanks for the tip.
     

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