Plans for Nesting Boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by zekii, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    We are looking for some plans for indoor nesting boxes for our new coop, not accessible from the outside.
    6 boxes, 3 over 3

    Send me any pictures or plans you may have....
    thanks very much !!!

    Happy New Year !!
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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I looked at your BYC page. First, you need to add a bunch more ventilation to what you've built so far; you will need it both for summer and winter. You will probably not need more than 3 or 4 nests, and not until fall if you're going to start with chicks.

    I'd urge you to read this first:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-VENTILATION
     
  3. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These nest boxes are accesible from the coop area as well as the dry storage area. They're just 4 over 4 though.

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  4. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Very nice basic design ... Does anyone line their nest boxes with linoleum/vinyl flooring or use plastic tubs ?

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  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:If you want something easy to clean, don't build nest boxes at all, use kitty litter boxes or plastic bins or 5 gallon buckets on their side (cut a bunch of the lid away and put it back to hold the nesting material in.) You can buy plastic bins for a few bucks at WalMart or the like, with an open top; I have one and it is a great broody/mama with babies nest, plus movable, which is great for broodies. Some hens like a more hidden nest and some prefer the open top style. You can also pick up a couple of cardboard boxes and try them, on their side or with the top open, or old dresser drawers (makes a great communal nest.) Many people have stuff lying around to make a variety of styles; you can see what your birds like best. I have 4 different kinds in my coop and they never lay eggs on the floor -- I suspect because there are some choices.

    I've never spent money on a nest box -- there has always been something lying around.
     
  7. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We need to mount these 6 boxes on the wall, the 5 gallon buckets, or the plastic bins would work if we just put up two shelfs to hold them. Couple of good suggestions .. [​IMG]
     
  8. txhomegrown

    txhomegrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am curious as to how many nest boxes I will need. What is the ration of hens per nest box? This will help to figure out what type of boxes to use.
     
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  9. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nice nest boxes
     
  10. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I believe I read that 5 laying hens to one nest box .... unless of course you have some hens you are going to let brood
     

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