new nest boxes in!!! ***UPDATED*** pictures posted!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by usalbrechts, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. usalbrechts

    usalbrechts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just in time (I hope). No eggs yet. We were going to put shelves up and secure covered kitty litter boxes for nests but our coop is already so small. Then yesterday I had a revelation. Actually I remembered something I saw here (copying is the highest form of flattery!). We used an old wall cabinet from the garage, cut a hole in the side of the coop, cut the back off of the cabinet and hung it on the outside of the coop! After we adjusted the shelves, and modified it a bit, now we have 4 nests that we can get to from outside. It looks so nice and roomy in there now!! Happy chicken mommy!! Now if there were just eggs........
     
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  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Now THATS useing your noggin! Great idea! Come on chickies...lay, lay, lay!!
     
  3. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
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    I would love to see a picture on how you did that if you can post one. Thanks!
     
  4. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds great.do send pics.. I had similar idea while at an auction............they had huge wooden shelving unit ,prefect pockets for nesting boxes. I bought it for a buck........cut it up to fit inside my henhouse.....and it works great IF my hens would lay IN hen house...most lay outside while free ranging but will use boxes while in coop !
     
  5. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    Did you make it so you can get eggs without going inside? You need heavier latch to keep door shut, I will get two hens fighting over the same box and I worried they would knock door open.
    [​IMG] this is mine only thing sticking into area is landing perch outsid of boxes, The top row is blocked off till they need it, and I have 7 laying and ALL use bottom right box only
     
  6. usalbrechts

    usalbrechts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will go take a picture and try my hardest to get it on here before bed!!! We are going to get somekind of lock to lock the outside doors with. there is this metal keychain like thing we have been using on the chicken door that is working well and I can't see how a coon would be able to figure out how to use it, it is called a carabeiner. I just googled it and it is the kind of thing rock climers use to attach their ropes with. We got ours for free from church for some promotion with the church name on it. We just have a little finishing to do before we take the pict!

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    The coop is FINALLY done...Yeah Davie [​IMG]

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    We are so ready for eggs!!!!

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    Rachel and Bella the dog.....My kids call this the "doggie drive thru"

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    Rachel being "Vanna"
     
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  7. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
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    That came out really nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job and soon you will have eggs. Thanks for the picture.
     
  8. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Looks great! What did you use for the eggbox doors? Are those kitchen cabinet doors?
     
  9. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    Nice job!! Where are you located? In in Davison....[​IMG]
     
  10. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    I just put latches on outside to keep doors closed

    will the landing board hold chicks up? you may want one for lower boxes too, mine like to land then poke head in and look around before going in, and if they fly straight in if there is already an egg in box you will have scrambled eggs
     

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