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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kalaim, Sep 9, 2008.
Which is best for an inexpensive nestbox?
Or any other ideas?
My husband had the idea of using 5 gallon buckets, cut down. You can get them $1 a piece!
I have one nest made from a rubbermaid tote that my girlies just love and one (well, it has two nests actually) made from a small 2 shelf book shelf turned on its side. Both work really well. I think almost anything will work. However, I just gotta ask HOW you could use a milk carton. No chicken I ever saw except a tiny baby will fit in a milk carton.
really? where do you get them for $1?
yep, sorry!!! Had to edit that to milk crate!!
I've never tried either... mine are made of wood and I'm still waiting for my first eggs!
Quote:LOL DUH......if my brain hadn't died I would have known what you meant!!!!
i used 5 gallons buckets and nailed them down to a wood shelf i put up .... they havent been in it yet but they are only 13 weeks old
Quote:I get all the buckets I want for Free. I go to the bakery in the grocery stores. Ask for empty icing buckets. They toss them and normally don't mind giving them away. Try any place that makes cakes, donuts, or any kind of pastry with icing or glaze.
I mostly get the 3.5 gallon buckets. They are wider and shorter then a 5 gal bucket.
All the buckets need is a wash with hot water and all the icing cleans right out.
Quote:Back to nests. I have used crates for years. Easy to clean and the hens seem to like it. When the hay starts to fall apart it falls through the holes and ends up mixing in the bedding with the shavings.