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Roll out Nesting Boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by leanna1120, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. leanna1120

    leanna1120 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there any way to convert standard nesting boxes into roll out nesting boxes? I have 3 nesting boxes that extend to the outside of the of the coop with a door to access them from outside the coop as well. I'd like to convert them to roll out boxes somehow if there is a way to do that.

    Thanks
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    First:
    I would tip your nest boxes to allow eggs to roll in the direction and place you want the egg to end up at and secure it there.


    Second:
    Imagine two inclined planes one shorter by the width of an egg than the first. This will allow an egg to roll down the false bottom of the nest box and on the tipped nest box and roll under the top inclined plane or false bottom.


    To put it another way:
    One false bottom cut to fit the bottom of your tipped nest box but shorter by the width of an egg this will create a space at the back to fall down on your tipped nest box bottom and roll away under the top false bottom . You would end up loosing about 3inches of head space in your standard nest box. The thinner the bottoms the less space you will loose.


    The top false bottom could be mounted on rails on the inside of your nest box and set in place as a friction fit.


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    This Blue inclined plane would represent the tipped bottom of your standard next box. Let me know how you make out (I never actually done this.) Good luck.
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2014
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Maybe........ can you post good pics of your existing boxes?
    Need dimensions of boxes too.
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2014
  4. leanna1120

    leanna1120 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the ideas! I will take some detailed pictures tonight and post to see if it generates any further ideas. Thank you!!
     

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