Rubbermaid or milk crate

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kalaim, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. kalaim

    kalaim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Which is best for an inexpensive nestbox?

    Or any other ideas?

    Thanks!

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    Last edited: Sep 9, 2008
  2. LoveMyPeeps

    LoveMyPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband had the idea of using 5 gallon buckets, cut down. You can get them $1 a piece!
     
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    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. [​IMG] 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. [​IMG]
     
  4. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    really? where do you get them for $1?
     
  5. kalaim

    kalaim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep, sorry!!! Had to edit that to milk crate!!
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I've never tried either... mine are made of wood and I'm still waiting for my first eggs!
     
  7. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    Quote:LOL DUH......if my brain hadn't died I would have known what you meant!!!!
     
  8. jonbanks

    jonbanks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  9. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    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.

    Matt
     
  10. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    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.

    Matt
     

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