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Cheap and Easy Nesting Boxes

| 7/24/2015 10:21:00 AM

Faithful HomesteaderSince we started raising chickens, we are always learning and working to improve what we have. My husband built a coop from scratch and did a good job, but we found it challenging to gather the eggs from inside the coop. We wanted something easier, and my husband started brainstorming some ideas. The plan was to put nesting boxes on the outside of the coop with a door that we could just open to gather the eggs like the many commercial coops that we had seen.

It really came in handy that we have a cat because we came up with the idea to use cat litter pails for nesting boxes. The 35-pound pails were perfect for our needs. We had already been using them for storage and this was just one more handy use for them. They would already have a built in door so it seemed liked a perfect solution.

We have a nesting box for each chicken.

We have a nesting box for each chicken.

My husband just took one side of the coop and cut openings for the nesting boxes. You can find instructions with photographs for what we did here. I really like the way it turned out. Now it is super easy to collect eggs or a broody chicken from the nesting boxes. The size is perfect for our bantam chickens. I don’t know how well they work for regular size chickens.

It was so great to see the girls use the new boxes.

7/25/2015 9:06:43 PM

Thanks Nebraska Dave.

7/25/2015 7:47:31 AM

Faithful Homesteader, I always like to see homesteader's ingenuity at work. The cat litter pails for nesting boxes is a brilliant idea. I can remember as a young lad those old bitty hens pecking at me while I gathered eggs. It was necessary every day to gather eggs but wasn't one of my favorite things to do. I sure wish my uncle would have had trap door nesting boxes like yours. Thanks for sharing your great idea about nesting boxes. ***** Have a great egg gathering day.

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