What did you use as a nesting box???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by leasmom, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. leasmom

    leasmom Songster

    May 25, 2008
    I see how expensive nesting boxes are online and I only have five chickens right now, one died, and want at least four more but I need to know about nesting boxes and I don't have alot of money to spend to make one. So, what do you use?
  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    I used plastic milk crates. Mine were true salvage items, accumulated over the years. You can also buy them for a dollar at any Dollar Store.
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    In the coop we used old dresser drawers we found on the curb. There's partitions in there somehow...but I don't know how he did that [​IMG]

    In my outdoor pen, we just built a 3-sided/closed top box from plywood so they have shelter from the rain and my bantys lay in there.
  4. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    [​IMG] I've made them out of old pallet's someone gave me. Just took the pallet's apart and cut boards down to size and nailed together, also I have a hen sitting in an old laundry basket full of hay. Look around your place and I bet you can figure something out. Good luck. [​IMG] PEACE
  5. kellim

    kellim Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
    I made some out of scrap wood, made them all pretty and nice. Gave them to the chickens to use and guess who's using them? No one lol the chicken went broody on the floor of the coop lol. Oh well.......
  6. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I use milk crates also. They make cleaning a snap. Just pick up the crate take it to the cleaning area, knock out the poop and dirty material, place it back in it's spot and refill. What use to take me days to do I can do i a morning.
  7. cluck

    cluck Hatching

    Jul 18, 2007
    I use an enclosed covered kitty litter pan set on the floor of the coop.
  8. SproutGirl

    SproutGirl Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    Missoula, Montana
    I use old kitchen drawers that I got at a salvage yard. They were super cheap, and they are super cute. I put 2nd hand baskets inside them from the good will (also inexpensive) and some straw. The chickens love them, but they are still too young to lay any eggs, so I don't know if they will work as nesting boxes! [​IMG]
  9. doctinker

    doctinker Hatching

    Jul 6, 2008
    I built our first set of boxes out of scrap plywood. We recently added more hens and I started looking around for ideas to add more boxes, since I'm too lazy to build more. While browsing around Costco I discovered a set of shoe bins made of vinyl panels with heavy wire frames. They had two sizes. I chose the set with larger size boxes. Costco's price was under $30. To keep bedding in the boxes, I added two inch high peices of 1/4" plywood that clipped right into the connectors that hold the panels together. The hens started using them right away

    I couldn't find the bins on the Costco site, so I searched and found a set with the smaller boxes, so you can get an idea of what I bought.

    Shoe Bin Set

  10. HaileyNJoliesMom

    HaileyNJoliesMom In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    We have a Large 5 gallon bucket with a lid, I turned it upside cute a hole in the middle. The hole is about 1/3 up the bucket and is about 8 X 8. My girls are to young to lay so I guess I will see if they like it soon [​IMG]

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