Roll-out nest boxes my DH made me! (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Southernbelle, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I updated my coop page with my new nest boxes, too. [​IMG]

    Since I'm very pregnant with our 4th baby, I wanted to make my chicken chores easier. DH isn't a chicken person and he hates taking care of the chickens for me (on the very rare occasions I needed him to) because he hates that he has to go in the pen to feed, water and collect eggs. So we put our heads together and came up with a plan for a dividing wall in the barn that would give access to the feeder, waterer and nest boxes on the outside of the pen.

    I just wanted simple nest boxes with a flip-top lid, but DH did some of his own research and ran across roll-out nest boxes and wanted to know what they were, so I explained what advantages they had. DH is an engineer, so the roll-out nest boxes really appealed to his nature even though they're more complicated. I showed him Opa's roll-out nest box thread, but they weren't exactly what I wanted. He put these together really fast, so I didn't get a chance to take a lot of step-by-step pictures.

    He built the dividing wall in 2 4'x4' sections. Here's the front view. I had leftover purple paint from a home project, so my whole project is painted purple! I needed them low to the ground because I have a lot of bantams in my main pen, but I wanted each box big enough to be comfortable for the standard hens, too.

    Close up of the interior of the nest box from the front:

    Side view: The rise is 3" - DH kept borrowing eggs and rolling them down different inclines and a 3" rise seemed to move the egg easily but didn't go so fast that it bumped too hard at the bottom. I wanted a 6" tray on the outside to collect the eggs. I bought that outdoor patio grass from Lowes to line the nest boxes. Each box is about 11x14."

    Back view: The opening for the eggs to roll out is 2." Since I wanted the boxes so low to the ground the collection tray is right on ground level, but that works out great since my ever-present chicken chore helper is my 4 year old DD. [​IMG]

    Top view:
    I still wanted a flip-top lid for easy cleaning and so I can move any hens that go broody or eggs that get stuck.


    Here's the wall installed in the barn: The other half of the wall has a feeder that can hold 2 bags of feed and a trap door for dropping kitchen scraps in the pen. I still have to add the gravity nipple watering system, but that's tomorrow's project.

    Here's the chickens' view: I filled the nests with hay to make their transition from traditional nests to the roll-outs easier. As they wear through the hay, I won't replace it and hopefully they'll be used to the new nests. DH installed them on Monday and the chickens have been using the new nests consistantly! [​IMG]

  2. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Wow! That is really cool! [​IMG]
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    That is so clever and really nifty!! Tell your DH "great job!!"
  4. Smart! Very smart.
  5. BWKatz

    BWKatz Songster

    May 22, 2010
    Turned out really nice. Maybe now DH won't mind helping so much.Might even start to like it. [​IMG]

  6. I am marking this. Tell your DH great job. I can't wait to show this to my DH!
  7. greatwhiteape

    greatwhiteape Hatching

    Apr 16, 2013
    As long as you don't have any critters that would enjoy a nice tasty egg out of your collection tray LOL, you will be good to go. If I did that I would have the FATTEST dog in town LOL. He would be eating eggs every morning LOL. He would never go in a coop unless I send him in after something. He would never take an egg off a nest. However, if he finds an egg someplace you can't stop him from eating it LOL.
  8. sunnysideup123

    sunnysideup123 In the Brooder

    Sep 1, 2015
    Athens, GA
    Where are the pictures?
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    This is a really old thread but [email protected] are you still around, how are they working out?
    Because they're more complicated.....I would do the

    Would be easy to put a cover on the trough to keep the dog out...if you couldn't trian him to 'leave it'

    I can see them....not sure why you can't...are you on a phone?

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