Please Post Pictures of Your Creative Nesting Boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by vtgirls, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. vtgirls

    vtgirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2010
    Looking for some great inspiration here - hoping to break away from the "norm" and see something different!!
  2. biddyboo

    biddyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Ashland, Missouri
    We don't have pictures, but in our indoor barn pen, we use blue plastic storage crates for egg boxes. I roughly line these with light cardboard or brown paper sacks to keep pine bedding from falling out the holey frame of the boxes. We have some of ours hung from framing on the barn wall (about 3-4 feet high) and a few others we've placed on the floor of the pen for the silkies who prefer not to jump up. Our hens lay more in these boxes than they do in their "proper" egg boxes framed in their regular coop outside. ~G
  3. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2008
    We have had six inches of snow on this "southern" ground this past week. My coop has been known to flood before, so I brought in two very large (tree sized) flower pots, which I packed tightly with free pine shavings I picked up from a friend who works at a sawmill. I figured that if the snow melt ended up flooding the coop, then I'd spread those dry pine shavings on the floor so the feathered kids would have a layer of dry to walk on. I put these pine shaving filled flower pots on top of a 3 foot tall, 6 foot by 3 foot pinewood "table" in the coop, so it would be protected from any water that might come in.

    Well, it never flooded in the henhouse.

    But my hens saw those pine shaving filled flower pots, and said to themselves "Hhmmm... with a little work, these will make GREAT laying boxes!"

    So they climbed on top of the two flower pots and scratched enough pine shavings out to make a little crater in the shavings the exact size of a laying hen.

    Now, they forgo all of the nests that I gave them, and instead are using the flower pots that they custom fitted for their comfort!

    Goofy hens!
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  4. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    I used an old box I found in our barn.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  5. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
  6. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    I made a nine hole rear roll-out nest box from a Martha Stewart bookcase I bought at Home Depot!


    I can collect the eggs from my brooder room without going into the coop.

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  7. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    Quote:Zaz... That is so clever!! [​IMG]
  8. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Here are my first nest boxes.
    The first is before installation and the second is in glorious use!!
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  9. wolfandfinch

    wolfandfinch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2011
    Vancouver BC
    DId you guys put fake eggs in for a bit to show them where to lay?
  10. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Sort of...mine are golf balls!!

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