padding for homemade rollout nest boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KSH1, May 18, 2019.

  1. KSH1

    KSH1 Songster

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    My awesome husband built nest boxes but they're much bigger than the pads I see marketed. What works well that I can get in a roll or sheet and cut to fit? And how much padding do I need on the end board to stop the roll without breaking eggs? Thanks!
     
  2. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    I used a carpet runner with some thin foam underneath. I started adding the foam after watching a hen lay the egg, she does not lay it gently she drops it from a standing position. For the backstop I used some foam weather strip with sticky tape. One time I just made the carpet runner a bit long and let it slope up in the back but that made installing the false floor after cleaning more difficult.

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  3. KSH1

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    Thanks, that sounds like a good plan. I will have to see where I can find foam.
     
  4. jthornton

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    I used the foam sheet that covered a TV in the box but I keep everything lol... but any craft store should have closed cell soft foam like Hobby Lobby. Or double layers of mat should work...

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  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I saw one where the lady used the insulation that is used for pipes... so it is a long tube of insulation.

    She put a heat tape through the middle of the tube.

    The eggs roll up against the tube, don't break, AND do not freeze and pop open in the winter.
     
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