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Chicken Nesting Boxes Made on a Rural Georgia Farm

3/10/2010 2:39:35 PM

Tags: Nesting boxes, Farm business, Chickens, HenPals

A photo of GaFarm Woman PamWho would have thought that a farm couple in rural Georgia would have an online chicken nest box business?

Not us, the rural farm couple.

(Here’s a photo of us.)

Pam and hubby

It all started with my blog. Life on a Southern Farm.

Life on a Southern Farm blog collage

I had started blogging as a hobby, sharing our farm life through pictures, stories, recipes and things my husband builds. My husband loves to build things. Lots of things. Plus he is good at it.

He had been building nest boxes for years to use here on the farm. The ones he made had the wooden front roost.

Nest box with wooden front roost

When I showed photos of those nest boxes on my blog, I had several e-mails and comments wanting to know if we had any nest boxes for sale.

FarmMan (as he is known on my blog) thought about ways to ship the nest boxes assembled, but that front roost was a problem. It would make the shipping boxes very wide, which would be much more expensive to ship.

He is used to overcoming obstacles, and he did again. He invented a wire fold up roost.

The wire roost is 1-inch-by-1-inch 14-gauge galvanized wire on 9-gauge rods complete with a wooden strip for the chickens to perch on.

6 hole chicken nesting box made in the U.S.A.

Since I am his biggest fan and cheerleader, I agreed it was the best looking nest box and roost I had ever seen!

Now the roosts could fold up so we could ship the nest boxes completely built. No assembly required.

He even hand made the hooks for the nest boxes to hang on.

Handmade nest box hooks

Handmade hooks in use

The nest boxes are made from 26-gauge galvalume (aluminum-zinc alloy coated sheet steel).

The are strong and sturdy – and pretty, too.

With the thicker metal it was hard to bend the metal around the holes. So FarmMan came up with the idea of using plastic strip guards around each hole opening. He wanted the boxes to be safe for people and hens.

Plastic edging on nest boxes

All the nest boxes have removable nest bottoms for easy cleaning.

Removable bottoms

I didn’t have any idea how to set up an online store site. I looked on the Internet and found one that looked easy to set up, and I could try it for free.

It was a buyitsellit.com store site. Now changed to Highwire Commerce.

It was easy to set up and easy to add pictures of the nest boxes. We thought HenPals Chicken Nest Boxes was a catchy and simple name so we went with that.

I already used Paypal, and it was easy to set that up as a payment on the store site.

HenPals Chicken Nest Boxes was open for business!

HenPals Nest Boxes banner

In only 2 days we had our first sale. We were so excited! And we had feed back!

Happy to be your first customer for the Hen Nest! It feels so good to be able to buy from an individual who takes pride in building a quality product. Even considering the safety of its future occupants and their “people,” too!

We learned as we went along. We still are learning as we go along.

We started having a few more orders then more and more orders! UPS came to our farm and picked up the nest boxes.

Nest boxes ready for shipping

FarmMan was very busy building nest boxes. I was busy on the computer.

FarmMan building nest boxes

Our youngest son helped out a few days last summer.

Many boxes in process.

Last year we sold over 400 chicken nest boxes. We try to keep the prices of the nest boxes reasonable.

Different options for nesting boxes

We certainly haven’t gotten rich, but it is our main way of making a living right now. With our farm’s property tax more than doubling in the last couple of years the business was right on time.

We are so grateful and thankful to have our HenPals Chicken Nest Box business that we can operate right here on our rural Georgia Farm!



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Joel Gentz
2/18/2013 7:01:00 PM
I've been trying to find more of these boxes as I have been really happy with the one I have. Do you still carry them.

Suzanne Barnhurst
1/28/2013 4:35:11 PM
Do you still sell these boxes? I am looking for one like this ? Please contact me about their availability. Thank you!

Christy Morris
7/28/2012 5:02:49 AM
i tried going to the site but it says the store does not exist, do you still sell the next boxes? i'm looking for some good ones for my bantam hens

Pam_6
3/23/2010 7:05:43 PM
That's right Cindy, you know we have to cover every angle!! Thanks Pam

Cindy Murphy
3/12/2010 12:02:33 PM
LOL! I can see why you've been sucessful selling them, Pam. What a sales woman!

Pam_6
3/12/2010 7:35:37 AM
Thank-you Cindy. They also make a great storage unit for towels, yarn, this and that, etc. hint..hint.. Have a great weekend. Pam

Cindy Murphy
3/11/2010 4:18:20 PM
What an inspirational story of success, Pam. I don't keep chickens or plan to, but if I was, I'd definitely want a HenPals Chicken Nest Box for the feathered ones. Heck, if I was a chicken, I'd want one too! Enjoy the day. Cindy

Pam_6
3/11/2010 11:15:40 AM
Thank-you Nancy! We are so happy you and the Mille Fleur bantam cochins are enjoying the bantam nest box. Have a great day. Pam

Pam_6
3/11/2010 11:11:18 AM
Thank-you Nancy! We are so happy you and the Mille Fleur bantam cochins are enjoying the bantam nest box. Have a great day. Pam

Nancy Krohn
3/11/2010 9:07:47 AM
I have the 3-hole bantam nest box from FarmMan for my Mille Fleur bantam cochins and I have to say that they are WONDERFUL! Lightweight, attractive, easy to install or move if need be. Of course, most important of all: my chickens love them! The attention to detail and quality of workmanship make these not only functional nest boxes but works of art!

Pam_6
3/11/2010 8:23:21 AM
Thanks Dave, and...my husband just happens to make a live animal trap for mice and bigger critters too! I receive a lot of comments on my blog from people in not so rural areas. Some are able to keep chickens but some are not allowed. One even wrote about the police coming and taking her chickens while she was at work! That is why I am so very happy to live and work from the farm. I feel so blessed to be where I am and that my husband and I can make a living here.(We also hatch chickens and quails, to sell, in our big homemade walk in incubator)That will be another post soon. Thanks for the comment. Pam

Nebraska Dave
3/10/2010 10:01:29 PM
Pam, your nest box story sounds a lot like the old saying, "If you build a better mouse trap, people will buy them." This is definitely a better nest box. It's still good to know that the American dream and still be found. If I was going to raise chickens I would definitely purchase them from you. I am not home enough to have animals. Living in urban USA deters the keeping of chicken in the backyards. Even if the city ordinances permit it, neighbors are not convinced it's a good idea. I'm just not the one to try to make them understand. I'm all for those that have the ambition to keep chickens.

Pam_6
3/10/2010 6:23:32 PM
Thank-you MountainWoman. I look forward to sending you nest boxes for your hens, too! Thank-you Hank. I appreciate the compliment. With the nest boxes shipped assembled(I think my husband does a wonderful job on them) we think they are a good buy, also! Pam

Hank Will_2
3/10/2010 4:57:02 PM
I love the story and those look like fantastic nest boxes ... the prices are really good too. Your prices plus shipping to Kansas are lower than many commercially available nest boxes list for! Thanks for the inspiration and the link to your store. Hank

Mountain Woman
3/10/2010 3:28:51 PM
Oh Pam, what an inspirational story! You and Farm Man should be really commended for your hard work and ingenuity. I can't wait to get my nest boxes this year and knowing the person who made them makes them even more special.



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