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#1 2010-02-05 16:39:34

LynneP
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Would love to see your nesting boxes

Nests can be so creative! I'd love to see what some of you have done. 
Ours are rather conventional 15x15x15" for sexlink layers and are 1' above the bedding.
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Next time I'd like to have one communal nest and two smaller ones for the hens that like privacy.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b132/LynneP/Flock/th_ZipfipushingIndiraout-1.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b132/LynneP/Flock/th_Waitfornest.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b132/LynneP/Flock/th_Afeweggs.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b132/LynneP/Flock/th_Treatsabovenestboxes.jpg


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#2 2010-02-05 17:50:15

Skeffling Lavender Farm
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

Funny you should ask, I just took some this morning with the odd broody type hanging out in there.  They are very pooey though.  That's what happens when you paint everything white!  I'll paint the nest boxes darker in our late summer cleanout session, then they'll be more secret too.  The front lip is a 2 by 3, hinged, you can see the barrel bolt latches to hold them up on the left and right and the wood folds down so we can scrape the shavings out.
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/EARLYFEB2010099.jpg

http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/EARLYFEB2010135.jpg

The banty breed pens have a doller store plastic basket.....here's Violet and Hercule
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/EARLYFEB2010032.jpg

And this one is sitting in her food!  My Millies tipped up and dumped out their nesting box with nice straw in it and now I get three tiny white eggs in here most days! 
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad340/skefflinglavenderfarm/EARLYFEB2010042.jpg

We have used rubbermaid tubs with a hole cut out of one end and we have small plywood nesting boxes in the breeding tractors too.


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#3 2010-02-05 19:21:09

Cjones28
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

Here are my nest boxes made by my DH. They usually sleep on top that's why there is an edge so that the hay dosen't fall out. Also, the edge on the bottom has hinges on it so it can fold downward to be able to clean them properly. They are painted with a plasticizing paint (my DH is a professional painter) so they can be wiped down if needed. We are going to need to make some more this summer!!

[img][/img]http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab131/Cjones281212/171.jpg


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#4 2010-02-06 14:29:35

LynneP
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

They DO love those boxes and we all seem to have happy birds.  I painted white too and my platforms and boxes and not looking pristine any more.  I like that  plasticized paint.  When I refresh the coop I must use that.  Looks like it stays very clean.  It's refreshing how the birds adapt, too, whether offered communal boxes or private quarters.  I'd like to have a communal box in my next coop, alongside the one in the barn bow, and offer two private boxes beside the big one.  I love how the hens whirr and tut during the egg calls, and I was surprised at how they love company for that!


Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

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#5 2010-02-07 19:03:55

calliope
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

Claire,

Thanks for all the photos.  I like your double-decker nest box setup, the way it's on the back wall, and then roosting 2x4's in front of each level.  Space is a factor in my coop, and I am going to change it around in there this spring, so that seems to be a really good way to do it.  I also like the idea of the dollar-store basket nest box for the banties, just take it out and hose it off once in a while (I'm all about labour-reducing stuff, LOL). 

And thanks, CJones28, for the idea on the plasticized paint.  That looks like a good idea, also, for my new nest boxes.
:cheer:  Yay, team!


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#6 2010-02-08 15:18:29

CynthiaM
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

Claire, what are those little pellet looking things in the nest box?  Curious about that.  Beautiful day, CynthiaM.


Two breeding groups of large fowl -- blue, splash and black cochins and buff orpingtons.     Located one half hour north of Vernon.  Also a keeper of the honeybees.

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#7 2010-02-08 15:59:31

Skeffling Lavender Farm
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

Pine shavings in the big ones, banty boxes have straw.  Those pellety things are layer pellets (food!!!) in the little white one with the Millie.  I have filled another box like that nice deep fluffy straw and rearranged the location in their pen to try to fin a sweet spot for them, and used  ashallower one like violets.  They just dump it out and lay their eggs in their food.  There's never any poo in there or anything, so I have left them to it.  :confused:  They know what they want.  The D'Uccles are willful little creatures for their size.  Violet is now entrenched in her blue straw nest with 9 tiny eggs!


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#8 2010-02-08 16:26:06

calliope
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

Skeffling Lavender Farm wrote:

Violet is now entrenched in her blue straw nest with 9 tiny eggs!

:thumbsup:


Just another day in paradise!

Partridge Chanteclers, True Ameraucanas, Russian Orloffs, LF Blue English Orpingtons, Bearded Silkies, Showgirls, Frizzles, Bantam Cochins, Bourbon Red and Jersey Buff Turkeys, and keeper of honeybees :)

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#9 2010-02-08 19:08:28

LynneP
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

That's a good idea- she won't go light...


Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

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#10 2010-02-09 17:22:18

Chickee's Mom
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd228/chickeesmom/Winter2010070.jpg
This is one of my nest boxes, it is from a tree pot. The hens love it.

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#11 2010-02-09 17:59:32

Skeffling Lavender Farm
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

I love it Chickeesmom!:woohoo:


www.skefflinglavenderfarm.weebly.com  2012 Breeding quite friendly Lavender & Wheaten Ameraucanas, Lavender Orpingtons, Euskal Oiloas (Basque hens), Partridge Chanteclers, Black Pendesencas & Sumatras

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#12 2010-02-09 18:20:58

An
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

It's not finished all the way yet, but my hens love it!

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv210/AnFort/Silkies/IMG_5441.jpg

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#13 2010-02-09 18:25:53

FarmerJane
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

^That is sooo neat, I love it.


'Just a Few Acres' - Welsh Harlequin Ducks, EE's, Speckled Sussex, Buff Orpington, Cuckoo Marans, Frizzle bantams and Old German Owl pigeons.
2012~Black and blue Magpie Ducks, Buff Orpington ducks, Fawn and white Runners, Khaki Cambells, Pilgrims, American Buffs and Gray Saddle Pomeranian Geese. Blue, Black and Lavander Orpingtons, Mottled Houdans, Frizzled Polish and Rainbows of Silkies

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#14 2010-02-09 18:59:58

calliope
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

An wrote:

It's not finished all the way yet, but my hens love it!

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv21 … G_5441.jpg

Wowzers!  That's a work of art! :cheer:


Just another day in paradise!

Partridge Chanteclers, True Ameraucanas, Russian Orloffs, LF Blue English Orpingtons, Bearded Silkies, Showgirls, Frizzles, Bantam Cochins, Bourbon Red and Jersey Buff Turkeys, and keeper of honeybees :)

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#15 2010-02-09 19:13:53

An
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Re: Would love to see your nesting boxes

calliope wrote:

An wrote:

It's not finished all the way yet, but my hens love it!

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv21 … G_5441.jpg

Wowzers!  That's a work of art! :cheer:

Thank you,
I found this saying on the internet, well I think it does applies to my DH =)

"That guy could make chicken salad out of chicken poop!"

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