OLD metal nest bottom replacement

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cafrhe, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. cafrhe

    cafrhe Chillin' With My Peeps

    331
    12
    101
    Apr 23, 2014
    Western central NJ
    I inherited an older friends father's nest boxes--8 hole galvanized (I think) metal. Most of the removable bottoms have rusted. I thought it would be simple to replace the bottoms...After a lot of internet searches, I realized that I was wrong!

    Here is a pic of the bottom. They sell lots of similar bottoms, but with out the hook at one end. Does anyone know if these old ones can still be found somewhere?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,699
    2,648
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    any sheet metal worker should be able to replicate them. If you have several, the per price would come down. You could rent a brake and probably make some acceptable ones yourself. You could make something passible with just a tin snips and some pliers.
     
  3. cafrhe

    cafrhe Chillin' With My Peeps

    331
    12
    101
    Apr 23, 2014
    Western central NJ
    Hmmm, will look into renting a brake. Thanks for the word--I knew the tool, but didnt know the name. I made some temporary bottoms with some thin plywood, but only on the bottom row of boxes...not entirely positive that a chicken wont crash through from the top row.

    Would you use aluminum sheets?
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,699
    2,648
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I'd go with what the boxes are made of. Sounds like they're sheet steel so I'd go with galvanized sheet metal. Just something thick enough to hold shape but easy to bend.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by