1. countrygirl911

    countrygirl911 Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    Hi everyone i have 4 of 18 chickens that will start to lay real soon i had this idea of using milk crates as the nesting boxes for them but i am not sure about how to go about setting them up any ideas would be greatly appreciated
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Put in straw or shavings and nail them to the wall... open side up. [​IMG]
  3. countrygirl911

    countrygirl911 Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    will they fly up into them or do i need to build something to help them get up in them
  4. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    I would make a sort of platform for them, turn them on their side with the opening facing front. I would probably lay something inside it to 'contain' the shavings/hay (a cardboard box the same size would work). I decided to go with 5 gallon buckets myself. I have plenty of plywood and I am going to make a "rack" to hold them. I am going to cut U shaped places where the buckets will sit so they don't move. They will be lightweight and easy to clean. I really wanted to make wooden ones, but it is just too dang hot!
  5. Puma

    Puma In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2009
    Take a 1"x12"x10' pine board and attach a 1"x4"x10' pine to the front edge. Sit this on 4 cinder blocks and place your crates right on it. When you want to clean, just lift out the crates empty and refill with straw. Very easy and inexpensive set-up.


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