I finally got around to making my egg nesting station for the chickens.
We chose a dual purpose breed the Buff Orpington and so far I’m pretty happy with them.
They have a peaceful attitude while they wonder the farm free ranging day after day. This nesting box was made from material we already had and it’s super easy to implement in an afternoon.
I started with 3 seed trays; they became the roof and walls of this project.
I laid the three frames on the ground so they were level and then screwed together using a drill. The next step was to add the cross bars to each side for stability.
Chicken wire was attached using a heavy duty staple gun and wire cutters.
I attached on the inside ends then added additional pieces of 2 x 4’s to cover the wire and stapled from the bottom up to the boards.
This project is assembled with screws and finished with a dark brown paint.
I left some of the wood natural because I like a little weathered wood here and there.
The nesting boxes are simple feed dishes that I picked up at the farm store awhile back. I like them because they’re not deep and they fit snug making them easy to clean.
I’m pretty happy with the end result; the next step is to make the ramp for the second floor.
It’s been my experience with a flock of 8 or 10 hens three or four nesting boxes is plenty as they normally have a favorite and will wait their turn to use the one they like best.
I hope you enjoyed today’s DIY project and find it easy to implement.