Show me your Nest Boxes!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FuzzyButtz, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. FuzzyButtz

    FuzzyButtz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well after a very, very unfortunate mishap, we will be building proper nesting boxes. I'd love to see photo's of your nest boxes for ideas!! :)
     
  2. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are built into the side of the coop. I can collect eggs from either the outside or inside of the coop.

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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Nothing elaborate here. I am also such a "sand fan" that I use it everywhere, including the nest boxes. LOL

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    These are one, divided into two. It sits on cement blocks on the ground and the birds step up into them.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I use covered kitty litter pans with sand inside and scoop with kitty litter scoop if they get some poo in there.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  6. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a communal box, one large box for 8 hens. It's 4 ft. long and we've had as many as 4 girls in there laying at the same time. The back of it opens so that we can collect eggs from outside. I used to have separate boxes but they'd all fight over the same one. Figured I'd give them one big box and let them sort it out.

    This is the box when it was first built.

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    This is the box when loaded with straw and with 2 curtains [aka garden flags] in place. I've since changed to pine shavings and it has 4 curtains, covering the entire box.

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    And, yes, the girls still fight over their favorite spot in the box!
     
  7. FuzzyButtz

    FuzzyButtz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks everyone! My coop is small so i'm leaning towards an exterior communal nesting box by cutting a hole in the wall. My next question.. I have larger Chickens (Orps, Jersey Jiant, etc).. how big of a nest (IE how tall) should it be? My Jersey's so big she hardly fits in the current nest box (Milk Crate).
     
  8. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many hens do you have?
     
  9. FuzzyButtz

    FuzzyButtz Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 6.

    4 Orpingtons (28 - 30 weeks), none have laid yet
    1 Jersey Jiant (1.5YR),
    1 White Leghorn (2YR)


    I may be getting 2 more Orpington crosses.
     
  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Orps and Giants are large fowl. So build your boxes somewhere at least 15x15x15 or so. Any smaller that they will really mangle up their tail feathers. :)
     
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