Nest box question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tberggren, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. tberggren

    tberggren Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2008
    Ithaca NY
    My girls are almost to the point of lay, I was planning to just use a milk crate with a board across the front, but someone (not sure if it's the roosters (have several) or the girls) keeps kicking all the shavings out!! I am concerned about what will happen to the poor eggs once they start to lay.

    Any idea's of what I could do differently??
    I did read about using 5 gal. buckets instead. I do have big girls (especially the Black Orpington) so maybe something bigger is the answer??

    Love to hear your thoughts?

    I have to keep it simply though because my hubby always gets irritated if I need to ask him for help. [​IMG]

    Thanks everyone!!
  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    Anything with a lip on it so they cant kick the shavings out. I made my nesting boxes out of a cheap partical board desk. we reinforced the top with boards to make it sort of a box on the top for roosting then below where there was a door, we took the door off and added another divider to make 3 nests under the roost and another 2 under the 3. All was materials we had laying around so it didn't cost a dime. In a brooder i made for in the house i used these unfinished crates i got at michaels craft store for $10 a piece, i lined the bottom with cardboard so the pine shavings stayed in the crates.
  3. EliteTempleton

    EliteTempleton Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2008
    SW MI
    I've got a nesting box I built out of scrap lumber, at first I put shavings in it, then I got tired of them scratching it out, so I quit, have not had a cracked egg yet:


    This is mostly because my hens give me a much better shell then I would get from a store bought egg.

    So... I wouldn't worry about it unless you get some cracked eggs. I read here once too though you can put down a piece of cardboard, and then simply replace as needed.
  4. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    I agree with EliteTempleton, sometimes my girls kick everything out even WITH the large lip built in and I have never had a cracked egg. Their shells are just so much tougher than store bought eggs!
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    This is how I solved that problem.


    Seems to be working great so far.

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