Next Box Pattern

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by squeakyballs, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. squeakyballs

    squeakyballs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will the pieces actually fit together and work? Or, am I way off?

    I want to make 2 nest boxes (about 14" x 14" each, but with a slanted roof) that can be opened from the outside (which is why there is no back).

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  2. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    I don't know about your measurements but the design looks good. I would reverse it though, hang it on the outside of the coop and lift up the roof to get to the eggs and have what you list as the outside, actually be the inside and open so the chickens just jump in.. then you won't have to build doors or worry about the chickens roosting on it.


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  3. squeakyballs

    squeakyballs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oops, my slanted side should be closer to 17 1/8 inches not 20 inches... I didn't subtract correctly and used 14 instead of 10 - I FAIL
     
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  4. squeakyballs

    squeakyballs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ohhh that is why they usually face out! I was thinking it would be harder to waterproof, for some reason. Thank you!
     
  5. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
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    Quote:Ohhh that is why they usually face out! I was thinking it would be harder to waterproof, for some reason. Thank you!

    No problem, that way you don't have to go in the coop to collect the eggs and it gives you more room inside your coop too.


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  6. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    I think that having boxes that open on the outside are favorites.

    However, you need to make sure that the outside box and lid have some kind of a lock to keep out predators. Racooons can open a box without locks!!

    Good Luck!!
     
  7. Country Guy John

    Country Guy John Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My design is similar to yours
     
  8. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    design aside what is the preffered location of the nest box ? it seems outside mounted units would or could be colder than inside. is it enough of a difference to consider ? outside mounted units really free up square and cubic footage.
     
  9. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I like your original design ..

    If you put it outside like somebody suggested, then you have to waterproof it.. I don't imagine you have a big water problem where you are located.. maybe you should provide a ledge for the chickens to land on if the nest is off the floor ..

    maybe you could make a peep hole in each nest so that you can check to see if there is a chicken in the nest before you open the door and startle the heck out of her..
     

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