My big fat hens keep knocking my nesting boxes over

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stone_family3, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Originally had crates, thought they were small so went to stackables bins. They are sitting on top of the crates, yet for some reason my hens push them over after laying an egg. I watched the hens intentionally do this today.

    The bins are plastic so I'm afraid if I screw them into the wall they'll crack. Here is a pic of what the bins look like. How would you make them more heavy so they can't tip them over?

    They're not stacked and they don't have wheels, but this is basically what the bin looks like.
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  2. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get some screw-eyelets and mount them in the wall,then use cable-ties or wire to fasten the bins to the eyes. Easy to do,no cracked bins and you can cut the ties or wire when you need to move the bins.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If you just want to make them heavier, cut 3/4 or 1" plywood to fit inside the bottom - just lay it in there under your nest bedding. Or just put a nest box shelf (just a plywood plank) in your coop, and one screw each would hold the bins onto the plank.
     
  4. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll go back out tomorrow when it's light to see what would work best.
     
  5. jrobertson

    jrobertson Robertson's Rare Poultry

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    Call me old school, but I use 5 gallon buckets for nest boxes. I use 1x4 lumber cut with a jigsaw screwed just inside the lip to keep nesting material from being pushed out. I also screw the bucket to the wall to anchor it. I raise LF brahmas and plight and coronation Sussex. Both are really large breeds and have no trouble entering and turning around. My silkies and cochins will pile up as many as six or seven in one bucket. They are cheap and most people have several just laying around. Here is the only pic I have that has a shot of a nest bucket in it.
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  6. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I used some hooks and zip ties. They girls hopped around in them and none were tipped over. So hopefully this will stop them from using the rabbit hutch and food over spill as their laying spots.
     
  7. beach livin'

    beach livin' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i threw a brick in the bottom of my crates and stuffed it with straw [​IMG]
     

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