How to make a nest box for your chickens

It’s quite easy to make a simple to nest box for your chickens.

This one can be used on the floor or hung from the wall.

We find that around nests 10″ wide is suitable for most laying hens.  For large hens the dimensions can be changed.  This example gives nest boxes approx. 11 1/2″ wide

We use this basic nest in our large chicken house and run

Where we show you how to build a simple, plywood nest box for your chickens.   You'll need some 9mm plywood and some 12 square timber - 1" timber is normally  finished to around 20mm.  The top and bottom of the nest box are made from 36x12" peices of plywood. There are 4 vertical dividers made from 12x12" plywood. along the front of the nest box is a strip of ply, 36x2 3/4" to contain the bedding.  There is one of these front and rear. We suggest screwing it all together with 25mmx3.5 screws.

A simple plywood nest box for your chickens

 

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It's quite easy to make a simple to nest box for your chickens. This one can be used on the floor or hung from the wall. We find that around nests 10" wide is suitable for most laying hens. For large hens the dimensions can be changed. This example gives nest boxes approx. 11 1/2" wide We use this basic nest in our large chicken house and run

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Once upon a time, not so very long ago Auntie Bev arrived at Louise's 16th birthday clutching a rather tatty box, full of holes and tied up with orange baler twine. Louise opened the box and out sprang two chickens. (And also the birth of Wells Poultry but we didn't realise until later) Louise thought this was great although Lesley (Louise's mum) was not impressed to say the least. Now, a cardboard box isn't the best home for a pair of chickens so next morning I was off to that well know DIY shop in search of timber with a vague idea of what a chicken house looked like. And so our first chicken house was created. Sadly these first two chickens were swiped by a fox within a few weeks so we bought a trio of birds from a local breeder. I'm sure that is a familiar story to a lot of people - 2 chickens become 3 and then 3 become 6 and then you need more housing..... Suffice to say, six months later I was building chicken houses full time in the back garden of a terrace house in Reading. Another year on and we moved to Wales for more space and the business continued to grow. We're now preparing to open our new workshop which will double our current space and allow us to take on more staff.... We attribute much of our success to the fact that we are very similar to many of our customers, we're content to keep a few chickens in the back garden as much for amusement as the eggs they produce. We don't have acres of land so know the limitations a back garden flock. And we firmly believe that the only time you'll need to buy another chicken house is when you need a bigger one not because it's fallen apart.
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