Roll Out Nest Box input/suggestion

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by speedy2020, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    I am consider building a roll out nest box with storage underneath in case decide to take vacation for a week or two. My biggest concern is the egg will crack or turn into odd shape because the egg shells still soft. It is going to be a dual nest box and could hold about 40-60 eggs. I have a small box coop and only have about 14"-15" of space to work with. Any input would be appreciated.

    Here is my simple design:

    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I would think they will crack or break. The eggs are hard when laid so the only ones that will change shape when they hit are soft shelled eggs, and they will probably break. The designs I've seen don't involve a drop off point. If you do it this way, you could put a few layers of something soft on the bottom shelf, to pad the fall -- carpet scraps, rubbery shelf liner, etc. Personally, I wouldn't try it that way.
  3. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    The space is something that I don't have. The other design require 24" and larger. I will have soft foam mat material underneath.
  4. NightHawk123

    NightHawk123 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2012
    shelby, north carolina
    Foam will work great. Line every wood surface with it. I use 1/4" rubber and never had an egg break but I don't have storage like you are planning. Should be fine.
  5. chicknubeee

    chicknubeee New Egg

    Aug 29, 2014
    Hey! Did you end up building this model nesting box? I really like the idea for limited space... how did yours turn out??

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