1. Yard full o' rocks

    Yard full o' rocks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have a favorite nesting box "plan" that they would share? I am finishing my coop this weekend and need to build and install a set of 3 boxes in approx a 48" space and another 2 box set in about 32" of space. I have 8 Buff Orp hens, of which only about 4 are currently laying. My coop is 6ft wide and 8ft long....should have plenty of space I hope.

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  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Hi, there, for 8 hens all what you need is really no more than 2 nest boxes, I have 10 hens and 8 nest boxes and the hens use only 2 of them [​IMG], I don'thave a plan but I have this picture


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    please post pictures of your project.

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    Omran
     
  3. smokeater413

    smokeater413 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know its not a great pic, but they are fairly easy to build. 2x4 sleleton and 5 gallon buckets.
     
  4. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't use a plan but sort of mirrored the dimensions from the Keep Chickens book by Barbara Kilarski.

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  5. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have to paint it...


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  6. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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    I put mine on the outside. Doesn't take up any space and easy to get to the eggs and clean....
     
  7. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    I like mine alot because my husband was able to add a storage compartment into it for me. We made it out of old cabinets. The right side has two nestboxes (with a little bit of storage above them) - the left side holds 50 lbs of feed. He also added a fastener to the roof of the coop that holds the lid open for me while I am taking feed out.

    The cat litter box on the floor also works well. My chickens just started laying a few weeks ago and we now get eggs in each one of our nestboxes.

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  8. kycowgirlchick

    kycowgirlchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used to have several nest boxes and they all wanted the same one. So with my latest chicken tractors, I have been putting 1 next box but making it bigger. And yes they use the same one at the same time. When I was using multiple boxes I seen one hen literally sitting on anothers back. [​IMG]
     
  9. whatthecluck

    whatthecluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:there are EGGS in your boxes [​IMG] I am sooooo jealous....nearing 22 weeks and my girls are on strike!! [​IMG]
    Nice boxes everyone...very cool to see the different ideas.
     
  10. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Quote:The pictures were taken before my chickens started to lay and those are actually fake eggs in the boxes. My first to lay (BR & EE) started right at 22 weeks and now at barely 25 weeks, 7 of my 10 pullets are laying regularly. Yours should start very soon now too.
     

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