Nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AllCoop'dUp, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. AllCoop'dUp

    AllCoop'dUp Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Creswell, Oregon
    I found this old post on nesting boxes, but the photos's are no longer available. Anyone have them? I'm getting ready to build my nest boxes and am looking for ideas. Most of the pictures only show 2 rows. Has anyone done 3 rows of 5 boxes each?

    RHewitt wrote:
    Some of you may have seen my refurbished galvanized 40 year old nest boxes with the round entrance holes. I think if I built new ones made of wood I would cut round entrance holes. It would look different and as the second pic shows it works.

    Thanks for your input...
  2. Hens4Fun

    Hens4Fun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Sacramento, California
    [​IMG] the links didn't work for me ... I wanted to see before I commented. Maybe it's just me, but I thought I'd let you know.
  3. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
  4. NevadaRon

    NevadaRon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    I'm wondering about nest box size. I used some plans I got from the Purina website. The nest boxes are roughly 12x12x12 inches. It sure doesn't look very big! Is this going to be sufficient?
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Depends on the breeds of your chickens, really. But that's an adequate sized nest box for layers, especially if they don't mind sitting fairly close to the front of the box, to look out and around. So to speak..... Some folks make their nest boxes 15" deep, so the chickens sit further back inside them.

    But of course, chickens will nest in just about anything: covered cat litter boxes, buckets on their sides, potted plants, mailboxes, milk crates, oh all sorts of things.

    The size is, as far as I'm concerned, more for our human sense of what's right, what looks good, symmetry, etc.
  6. NevadaRon

    NevadaRon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    Thanks for the info! Buff O's, RIR's, and Black Sex-Links. I've looked at lots of designs since your reply, and they all seem to be virtually the same size. My nest boxes have a hinged lid, so the height actually tapers from ~12" to ~15". I guess I'll find out!
  7. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I use covered kitty litter boxes and my girls love them and they are easy to clean!

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