Nest boxes

snow5164

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We made ours 8x8x8... we did have one 12x10 and they piled on 3 at a time , cute as it was we had a few scrambled eggs

Make sure to have a lip for bedding stays in , and a curtain . I lay material across all the boxes , staple it on then cut a slit at each box in the middle.

I have 5 boxes for 8 birds and they use them all , and 5 boxes for 14 and they use 3 maybe 4.

Don’t try too hard to figure them out they are like women,
Very complicated ( I can say that as I am one )
 

Well Seasoned

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We made ours 8x8x8... we did have one 12x10 and they piled on 3 at a time , cute as it was we had a few scrambled eggs

Make sure to have a lip for bedding stays in , and a curtain . I lay material across all the boxes , staple it on then cut a slit at each box in the middle.

I have 5 boxes for 8 birds and they use them all , and 5 boxes for 14 and they use 3 maybe 4.

Don’t try too hard to figure them out they are like women,
Very complicated ( I can say that as I am one )
What kind of material do you use for a curtain?
 

aart

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I like 14x14x16...did you know that they stand up when the egg is actually emerging from the vent?

They need to feel 'safe'...curtains might help that, but think they are more for the keepers than the chickens.
They don't necessarily need 'dark' either.
ETA:I emulated the old metal round hole nest banks, because I like they way they look(childhood memory), but I also think the round entrances help with a more cave like feeling of 'safety'.

Fake eggs can help draw them to the nest, if another bird laid an egg-it must be safe here. They can also 'spread the love' by deterring them from all wanting to use the same nest.

Deep(4-6") front lip to hold eggs and bedding in, especially when they first start laying they will tear the nest up until they figure things out.

 
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Flower84

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I like 14x14x16...did you know that they stand up when the egg is actually emerging from the vent?

They need to feel 'safe'...curtains might help that, but think they are more for the keepers than the chickens.
They don't necessarily need 'dark' either.

Fake eggs can help draw them to the nest, if another bird laid an egg-it must be safe here. They can also 'spread the love' by deterring them from all wanting to use the same nest.

Deep(4-6") front lip to hold eggs and bedding in, especially when they first start laying they will tear the nest up until they figure things out.

Those are really nice boxes! I like that you put hinges on them for easy cleaning, I'm always scooping out straw, thanks for photo!
 

aart

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