Need some advice on building nest boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by psrumors, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. psrumors

    psrumors Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 11, 2008
    I should finish up the 8x8 coop this week. I will start puting the tar paper and shingles down tomorrow.

    On the back wall we plan to hang the nest boxes outside the coop using the 16" on center 2x4 studs as the spacing for the boxes.

    Imagine having an open wall and building nest boxes hanging off the outside. I am having a hard time figuring out the actual material to use so that it is accessable from the outside and it is water proof.

    We have kicked the idea around to use a slanted top with shingles and a drop down door for the long side but there again, what material to use for it to hold up?
  2. SSO202

    SSO202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hartwood, VA 22406
    You should be able to make them fairly durable by using a good grade plywood, sealing it with primer and then paint with good exterior paint. If you check the coop pages you'll see a lot of ideas. Good Luck!
  3. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Coop
    I think I've built the type you are describing. I think I'll need more secure latches on the outside.


  4. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    psrumors - What the people said prior to me is good advice. Nest boxes are generally 12"x12"x12".

    One suggestion I would make is not to have them lower than your roosts - This will encourage them not to sit (& poop) in the nest boxes.

    Good luck!
  5. Pullet Pimp

    Pullet Pimp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2008
    Quote:I always thought it was the other way around. You want your roost higher than your nest boxes since chickens will find the highest place to roost in the coop. Is that not the case? Mine are lower than the roost are. Mine are also not laying yet so I have yet to experience the poopy eggs or boxes.
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Yep - you want your roosts to be the highest place they can sit on; they will roost at the highest spot.

    Here are the nest boxes in my new coop:


    Last edited: Nov 10, 2008
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada


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