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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by texasgal, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    I want to build 4 nest boxes. Two sets of two boxes .. one on top of the other .. with a slanted "roof" ...

    Any pics, plans, ideas would be great!

    Show me your nest boxes!


  2. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    These are the new boxes in my new coop ~ they down have sloped tops, but I did put vinyl flooring on top for easy cleaning. They are made out of scrap plywood and painted with "oops" paint I found at the hardware store to seal the wood.

    My chickens do not roost on them. I have 6 hens (for now) in this coop and they usually all use the lower left box! This coop is split into 2 sides that are mirrors of each other. The 4 hens on the other side use both bottom boxes. I rarely find an egg in one of the upper boxes.


    These are the ones in my first coop ~ DH went overboard with the amount of boxes for 9 hens! They usually only use the ones in the 4 corners not the inside ones. I may take them down and redo them this summer.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2011
  3. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    I am a huge proponent of plastic nestboxes for Texas and other mite prone places, because there are no crevices in plastic for mites to hide. Plastic boxes are easy to clean, so you tend to clean them more frequently which can also help avoid a serious mite infestation in the bedding itself. I use plastic lidded storage boxes and a covered plastic kitty litter box. In the summer, I dump them out weekly, hose them down, and let them dry in the sun. Then I dust the bottom of each box with some poultry dust and add fresh bedding. Easy. No muss, no mites. Portable nestboxes also make managing a broody hen very simple. You just move the box with the hen and her nest inside to a more convenient location for brooding and hatch.

    I wonder what people do when they get a mite infestation in those stationary, wooden nestboxes?
  4. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    I'm getting ready to build some nest boxes 8 ft long double stacked so 14 nest boxes for about 50 hens. They are really easy to build!

  5. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

    Jan 10, 2010
    Vacationland, Maine
    I have different sized chickens, from banty, to white leghorn to jersey giants and brahmas. So I made different nest box sizes:




    Hope this gives you some ideas.
  6. BetterHensandGardens

    BetterHensandGardens Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    Clinton, OH
  7. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    Thanks, ya'll! This really helps! ~dw

  8. yelim

    yelim Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    Plant City, Florida
    Milk crates with one side cut out.

  9. Yoke

    Yoke In the Brooder

    Feb 18, 2012
    Here is one on a kennel conversion coop.


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