Well, the girls are old enough to start laying any day, so we finally got the nesting boxes together! We were looking for an easy solution, and something that could be removed and sprayed clean from time to time. So we decided to get these, which snap onto 5-gallon buckets:
Our Chicken Nesting Boxes
The first thing we did was cut out the bottom of our buckets, because we wanted to be able to access the box from the back side (I'll show you why in a minute). We used a drill to make a starter hole, and then used the jigsaw to cut out the entire bottom.
Next, we removed the wire handles. They pop right out.
After that, we snapped the perch on. Note: not all 5-gallon buckets are created equal, and one of ours was a bit larger than the others. Make sure that the kit will fit your bucket before you cut out the bottom.
We will be accessing our buckets from the back side, because we built a nesting box with a door on the side of our coop. If you'd like to see the full coop design, you can visit my Instagram or Facebook page, @jagcagdesign.
We needed to find a way to make the buckets level, so we screwed a piece of wood to the bottom of each one. This also made it so that they do not roll from side to side (that could be like the little house of horrors for a laying hen 🤣🤣🤣).
After that, we cut a piece of wood to rest behind them, because we didn't want all of the pine shavings to fall out every time we opened the door to look for eggs. If we did this again, I think that we would only cut off half of the bottom of the bucket. But we weren't smart enough to think of that when we were cutting them.
Here's what it looks like from inside the coop:
And here are my two favorite girls, Saru and Tilly, coming into the coop to supervise the job.
Fingers crossed that our girls start laying any day now! I put a fake egg inside two of the nesting buckets, hoping to encourage them to lay there instead of somewhere else.
Do you have chickens? If so, what do you use for nesting boxes? I love that we can take these out and clean them. We also put in a recycled plastic floor (see my other projects), which will make it easy to deep clean the coop once a year!
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