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  1. waitin on eggs

    waitin on eggs Songster

    Sep 29, 2010
    Hi all Newbie here, I was wondering if I can you use milk crates or wash tubs as nest boxes? Or do they need to be enclosed? They would be sitting under the poop boards against a wall, and is straw or wood shavings better for nest material? Also I have 3 RIR Mix I think!!! they are 21 wks , and NO EGGS yet, I search everyday when will it happen. Thanks Much

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Especially because they'll be under the dropping boards (giving them a bit of isolation), your ideas for nest boxes should work just fine. I prefer shavings myself for bedding, but some like hay or straw. I'm paranoid about using those things for different reasons, including pest harboring (in hollow straw).
    Since yours are just coming into laying age at the time the days are getting shorter, there's really no telling when you'll get eggs. Yours are old enough (although many start 23 or 24 weeks or later). But even chickens who have been laying well have dropped off in egg production due to the shorter days... [​IMG]
  3. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    HI [​IMG] I am new here too. I have wooden milk crates that I plan to use as next boxes. I am going to tack a piece of wood about 3" high across the front so the bedding doesn't fall out. Not sure when RIR's usually lay, but make sure you check everywhere, not just the nest boxes for eggs. They don't always lay where you want them too. I heard that you can put golf balls in there to encourage them to lay in the box.
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Here's a picture of my DD gathering the eggs, you can see the nest box in the lower right - it's an old cat litter bucket. [​IMG]


    Milk crates, wash pans, rubbermaid tubs, toilet bowl, old dresser drawers - you can get really creative!
  5. awe she is adorable!!
  6. waitin on eggs

    waitin on eggs Songster

    Sep 29, 2010
    Thank you for the replies! Such nice and helpful people here [​IMG] Now if I can just get some eggs, It's sooooooo hard waiting. My family thinks I'm nuts lol!
  7. carrlr

    carrlr Songster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    Quote:Both excellent points. Having a 3" lip on the front not only keeps bedding in, but eggs as well.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2010

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