Request PHOTOS of your nesting box

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TenOC, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. TenOC

    TenOC Out Of The Brooder

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    This spring I need to add 6 to 12 Nesting Boxes in the chicken RUN area. I have a few nesting boxes in the coop, but this spring I will have [​IMG] more laying hens and I will need more nesting boxes. There is not room to put the boxes in the coop so they will need to go outside in the run area. The chickens free-range most of the time, but I do have a protected run area that I feed and water them in. They sleep in the coop at night.

    I am looking for some simple DIY expensive nesting boxes. If I had room indoors, I would use simple cardboard boxes, but this will not work outdoors.

    Can you post photos of your nesting boxes??

    Do you place them on the ground or about 4 feet [​IMG] of the ground?
     
  2. Nike

    Nike Young&Beautiful

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    I don't have any pictures at the moment, but we just nailed some wood together in a box form. The other one I have came free with the coop... but mine are only about two feet off the ground.
     
  3. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have photos of ours on my Hen House page, it is at a height so I don't bend to retrieve eggs, yet it's still lower than our highest roost bar
    - good luck with yours!
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  4. Brucepierce

    Brucepierce Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a couple of photos during the building process , go to my profile thn w.upton henville hope it helps...I Lund great examples all over byc just do a search
     
  5. TenOC

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    Here are photos of my nesting boxes make from used 5 gal dry wall pails. I drilled some small holes in the "bottom side" of the pails to drain out any rain that got into the box and large holes in the "back" for air flow.

    I think I need to raise the home boxes higher off the ground so I do not need to bend over to get the eggs.

    What is the preferred height for the nesting box perch?

    The young hens have not started to lay yet. I will wait until spring to see if the boxes work. I plan to get 3 or 4 more 5 gal used pails to complete the row.

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  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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  7. CKNNWBEE

    CKNNWBEE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is so beautiful!
     
  8. Wyandotte103

    Wyandotte103 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The top flap lifts for storage.
     
  9. gmabry75

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    Very neat idea. Would have never thought of it. Be sure to let us know how they like it.
     
  10. sparrker

    sparrker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are mine.
     

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