Nest box and perch pics please!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bock, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    I will be getting more chickens this spring. I will meed to build some "real" nest boxes and perches ans well as expand the coop, and I was just curious what your's looked like. Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    hereeee ya go! i am adding a 2 inch high strip of wood to keep the straw in (USE PINESTRAW) and give the girl smore privacy. have access from outside and a ltch on the outside access door

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  3. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    Love the setup in my 8x8x8 shed/coop. Roomy enough for more hens yet close enough everybody is snuggly. A three-some big bird nest is perfect for my 10 hens and located slightly lower than the roost so they are not tempted to roost in the nests at night a make a poopy mess there.



    Where the girls are.....
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Here's the inside coop view of the pop-out, rear rollaway nest boxes, and the perch in front of them. This was right after I built the coop - all nice and clean!

    Here's a view of the roost branches.

    Here's what the outside of the coop looked like before it was painted, with the view of the pop-out nest boxes.

    I've since added another branch for them.
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Thanks everyone, those pics are very helpful! I have an old bookshelf the man that lived here before us left in the shed. I was thinking I could lay that on its side and put a piece of wood horizontally between each rectangle to make 8 nest boxes. I am still unsure about the perches though. What is the best way to maximize the space with those, what about more of a ladder affect? Also, if I was to buy wood for the perches, should the pieces be rounded or like a normal rectangular shape (if that makes any since)? Thanks! [​IMG]
  6. Jonny Anvil

    Jonny Anvil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Like this?

    I got this from a friends Kindergarden Class, they got lockers, and I got their old Cubby Shelf, It was great it has 30..... 16" x 12" cubby holes. I got 5 six hole nest boxes.

    Last edited: Oct 2, 2010
  7. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    We made our nest area from scraps and 5 gallon buckets DH got from work.

    DH cut down some oak trees and made roost out of them.
  8. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    ok I have the strangest nest boxes that my hubby made for some of our girls that are not near old enough to use them but he wanted to be prepared
  9. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    Quote:Zazouse that is such a nifty idea! It never ceases to amaze me how people use different things to solve a problem. I LOVE it! [​IMG]
  10. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2009
    Goshen, OH
    I went to buy 5 gal buckets for that idea but ended up coming home with stack able storage totes that dipped down in the front as if they were meant to be nests. I haven't decided yet if I'll stack them, or bolt them beside each other to the wall. I did weight them down with 1x1 concrete pavers since of course the birds will roost on the sides of them.

    Too bad I keep finding my eggs outside in the run. I'm used to Bantams that need a nest, the Cochin needs a nest, but she escapes and hides under a bush.

    It was a good nesting idea though, perhaps they'll utilize it at some point.

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