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Nesting boxes out of buckets!!??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JaciesCoop, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2007
    Someone posted a thread on how to make nesting boxes out of plastic buckets or containers.

    I can't seem to find it and I remember it even having plans on how to make them.

    Can someone please show me the thread. I need it for a friend who is just getting into chickens.
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I can't find the thread (someone else probably will) but it's really easy.

    Cut the lid in half (or little more if needed) and place on the bucket with the opening on top! Place the bucket on it's side and viola!! Instant nest box.

    DENALI Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Here are mine

  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nifty idea! Ask your horsey friends if they have an old rubber flat-backed buckets. Sometimes they get too scratched or leak. You can steady them against a coop wall and the rubber stays soft year round- can be half-filled with hay or other bedding. A nearby friend has 6 for her flock.
  5. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2007
    Thanks everyone. That's what I need.
  6. dirtdoctor

    dirtdoctor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
    Hollister, Califronia

    The trick to the bucket nest boxes is to do as the photo above, cept leave a bit of the top of the lid intact, attach a piece of cloth to this so it drapes down to cover the hen, that will keep other birds from investigating the eggs, (they can not see them inside) but the laying hens will poke their heads in and determine the vacancy.

    If you have a CHOCOLATE builder (candy Store) where they make the choclate things they have BUCKETS OUT the wazzooooo. Tons of buckets....

    best to you
    Jack Dirtdoctorjak
    I dont recall where i posted that original forum.
  7. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2007
    Quote:Oh thank you. Good idea!
  8. sharehome

    sharehome New Egg

    Jul 2, 2008
    Nova Scotia
    This is an awesome idea. My husband has a ton of buckets kicking around. I am so glad I can finally put then to good use.
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Seems a little tight to me. They could optentially lead to egg eating.
    Other than that, its a nifty idea, especially for smaller breeds.
  10. Katran

    Katran New Egg

    Jul 5, 2008
    Would 5-gallon paint buckets work (assuming they've been scrubbed really well, of course)? Are those good for hot climates, or do you need something with better ventilation?

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