roost / droppings board / nestbox combo for 2-4 hens (pix)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by patandchickens, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    DH is home today b/c of snow so I had some actual free time to take pictures of things [​IMG] So, if anyone is interested, here is the nice little combo unit my chickens currently have. It was knocked sloppily together from a $3 thrift store end table plus some scraps of wood lying around. I like it [​IMG]

    The table is the super cheapo kind made of chipboard covered in that plasticky stuff, so poo scrapes off easily and you can wipe it down with a damp cloth if any starts to stick. I sprinkle shavings on it to make cleanup even easier.

    It works really well for me, and might be something to consider if you have just a few chickens, or even for a breeder pen. Note that it could easily be wall-mounted, on heavy-duty shelf supports, if you made it yourself using plywood instead of my heavy chipboard table (with vinyl on top for easy cleanup) -- that would save floor space in a small coop.

    Since this version sits on the floor, tho, I have left it bottomless, which makes it extremely easy to clean old soiled bedding out of the nestbox - just pick the whole thing up, shove the yucky bedding to the side with your foot, put it back down and fluff clean bedding into it. I made it that way b/c I was too lazy to put a floor on [​IMG] but it turns out to be a good design feature.

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    Cheers,

    Pat
     
  2. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm always amazed at the clever and innovative things people do for their hens! [​IMG] Great idea, Pat. Thanks for all the photos.
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice!
     
  4. kbarrett

    kbarrett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, what a great idea! I love the whole idea of recycling things typically thrown. Well done!
     
  5. pacanis

    pacanis Out Of The Brooder

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    That's pretty neat, I never would have thought to put the nest box under the roosting area.
     
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea and perfect timing!! I'm getting ready to get my breeder coops all fixed up and this will work really well!!
     

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