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Our new/first nestboxes finished and installed - nestbox pics also

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ArizonaDesertChicks, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    My DH did such a good job using recycled materials to build this - I wanted to share it.

    We used 2 old cabinets and attached them together - one side was made into 2 nestboxes, the other into storage. They are up off the ground, which gives the chickens more room to walk or... if we end up needing a 4th box, I will slip a pet kennel underneath for an extra nest box. The third box (see far corner) is an old cat litter box.

    The storage bin side holds a 50 lb. bag of feed - the other side above the nest boxes can hold extra egg cartons or a small bag of clean litter for refilling the nest boxes.

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    We have 11 chickens and are not sure whether we need 3 or 4 boxes yet. They are 17 weeks old now - hopefully they will start laying soon. The white objects in the 3 nestboxes are golf balls and a small plastic egg filled with sand.
     
  2. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's awesome! Great idea for a storage area. I think the general rule is one nesting box for 4 hens, so 3 nesting boxes should be enough for 11 hens.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    That is really a nice nesting area. I love the top. Very good idea
     
  4. namreknat

    namreknat Out Of The Brooder

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    Thats very nice!! Good job.[​IMG]
     
  5. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is perfect, very creative nice job:thumbsup [​IMG]



    Omran
     
  6. J&KV

    J&KV Out Of The Brooder

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    Nice job, that's a good idea for use of old cabinents. [​IMG]
     

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