Ordering my nests, and brooder tonight...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by vortec, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. vortec

    vortec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the process of searching for nests( for ten layers ) and a brooder tonight. I am looking at mcmurray's site. Is there any experience with the pre assembled wood nests and the plug in brooders? Is there any others that anybody reccomends for a better price or good quality. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance

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  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    MPC has nest boxes with all the supplies, you just have to assemble it. Don't know about the brooder, I made mine out of wood and Plexiglas.
     
  3. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For 10 hens you will need 2 nest boxs. If I were you i would build them my self. Make them 12"X12" X12" and you will be all set. I have seen cardboard boxes also used.
     
  4. vortec

    vortec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You don't need a nest box per hen?

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  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I LOVE my Fall Harvest wood nest boxes!!! But, don't waste money ordering them from McMurray, they're less expensive at eggcartons.com.

    edited to add: Get either the 4 or 6 hole, I've got 11 hens sharing my 4 hole nest. The 4 hole was the better value when I did the math a week ago to order new ones.
     
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  6. plreef

    plreef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I seen nest boxes made out of 5 gallon buckets. I was thinking about making some for myself.
     
  7. skand

    skand Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    Quote:You don't need a nest box per hen?

    vortec

    If you do that, they will all use the same one. Waste of money.
    We used 5 gallon buckets, they used them, now, they pefer a dog crate with the door taken off.
     
  8. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    5 gallon buckets, milk crates, covered kitty litter boxes, anything a chicken can sit in or on is good enough for a nest. I would put out 3 just to be sure. Mine all prefer on that is a triangle. I used to be a small roost that they were laying under. I just put a board over it to make it a bit darker for them.
     
  9. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Nebraska
    I nesting box for every 4/5 hens is what I have witnessed.
    They pick a favorite and share it...
    All good ideas above, btw... don't waste money on the nesting boxes!!

    A brooder can be made out of a rubbermaid tub [​IMG] Do a search here on BYC...I'll surf and see if I can find the one I used...

    Here ya go! https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=6233

    I
    use the the largest CLEAR rubbermaid type tote I could find. I like the clear b/c then the birds can see what's happening outside of the box and seem less likely to jump out (my experience). I keep the top of the tote, cut out a rectangle with an exacto knife and place screening/ wire on top and then set the heat lamp on top of the wire. Lamp should be like 18" from the babies. I place wood chips on the bottom and cover with paper towels (babies will eat the shavings). Waterer and just scatter food for a couple days until they "get" it. This brooder may cost you $20...
     
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  10. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    If you have a spare bathroom, heated basement or garage, I would put my brooder out there. These guys can get really smelly and kick up a bunch of dust. Dust=dried poop!!

    I had to re-do my master bathroom because it smelled like chickie poo!
     

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