Will these work for nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickenToes, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I have 2 drawers out of an old cabinet. They are about 20 inches by 20 inches, but only about 4 inches deep. Is this too shallow? Will I have to cover them with a slanted piece of wood to keep them from pooping in them?
     
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  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Are the chickens little banties?
    Four inches seems way too narrow for my banty Cochins to nest in and certainly would not fit any of my standards. I use no less than 12 inches for my nest boxes.
     
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    No, they are standards. I'm not worried about the cabinet drawers being narrow, they are 20 inches wide and 20 inches long. I'm just wondering if the 4 inch depth is too shallow for them once I fill them with shavings. Thanks for your help!
     
  4. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Oh, I see!
    Four inches on the depth is what I have. And I have some with hay and some with shavings. Never had an egg kicked out but maybe the right hen hasn't come along. [​IMG]
    Sounds like you are good to go.
     
  5. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Sweet!

    I was really hoping those would work, I am so not up to the task of making my own nesting boxes!
     
  6. HenniePennie

    HenniePennie Out Of The Brooder

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    My neighbors used old dresser drawers when they first got their chickens. The girls did lay pretty good in them for awhile. But after several months the drawers/net boxes became a big trough for chicken poop. Chickens like to lay in secret. They are very private when it comes to laying. Funny thing is that they cluck so loud that everyone knows what they are doing!! silly chickens.
    Give it a try, your girls may do just fine.

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  7. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think it would probably work try it and find out is always the best method in my book
     
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    i think it would probably work try it and find out is always the best method in my book

    Very true!​
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    mine are 12H x 12D x 14W. "Nothing ventured nothing gained"
     
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  10. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:Seems kinda shallow for standard size hens .

    I use these with pine shavings :



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