Build Your Own Chicken Nesting Box

Chicken nesting boxes will help make egg collection easier.
Chicken nesting boxes will help make egg collection easier.

If you’re just starting to raise chickens, there are a few items that’ll come in handy. For one, you’re going to need nest boxes. This is a place where hens can lay their eggs. Although hens don’t really need a nest box as they can lay at any place where they feel safe, next boxes are essential for you.

You can use any type of nesting material - straw, pine needles, or wood shavings.
You can use any type of nesting material – straw, pine needles, or wood shavings.

As a flock keeper, these boxes will make your life a whole lot easier. This means you won’t have to scour through your yard searching for eggs. Because the hens all get to lay in one place, collecting eggs will be stress-free.

You can build your own chicken nest boxes. Remember to put it somewhere safe, quiet, private, and dark. These four conditions will encourage your chickens to use the boxes for egg-laying. When the next boxes are done, put in nesting materials such as leaves, pine shaving, or straw.

Materials:

  • Lumber
  • Plastic trays
  • Wood
  • Wood glue
  • Brad nails
  • Paint

Tools:

  • Table saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • Brad nailer
  • Paint brush

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Watch this tutorial video to learn how to build your own chicken nesting box.

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