The downside of rollout boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by billmac, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. billmac

    billmac Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    I built roll out nest boxes for my chickens. They work great. I have the box lined with 1/4 inch rubber mat. The problem is that the chickens are pooping in the boxes like it's their job. I don't remember them doing this with the regular boxes. Admittedly, the old boxes were filled with shavings and hay and maybe I just didn't notice.

    Anyone have this problem?
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Now and then, yes, but I just pull out the pads and whack them together to knock off the poop. Put 'em right back in the nest box again. If they are a little ickier than usual, I have spares I put in their place and then hose off the others until I swap 'em out again.
  3. harleyjo

    harleyjo Songster

    May 6, 2010
    SW Iowa
    Where do you get the nest pads at?
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

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