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8 Free Chicken Nesting Box Plans And Ideas

For cute little stuffy fellows, you certainly need to have a simple and beautiful house, required water systems and a neat and clean environment and yes, chicken nesting boxes. In case you have limited budget for your birds but have some spare time then you can save money by building custom made nesting boxes instead of purchasing costly one from the market. However you must keep in mind a few basic things about chicken nest boxes; it must be clean, dry and dark area that’s all about your laying hens need where they can feel secure and safe. Here are wonderful chicken nest box plans that are almost free of cost.

1: Wooden Barrel Nesting Box Plan  by lisa

It is a good idea to work on a nesting box which is portable. These will help you in coping up with weird egg laying habits of the chickens. Interestingly, you can build a lovely, half wooden barrel box of chicken eggs in 10 minutes. The material you need:

  • Wooden barrel ( cut into half)
  • Cordless drill
  • Wire snips

Take a wooden slab make holes into it, and make same size holes in the barrel too. Join them together with wire. Make sure the slab has something colorful on it which appeals the chicken.

See this Nesting box plan

Wooden Barrel Nesting Box by lisa

2: Triplex Nesting Box:

This is another type of wooden nesting boxes for chickens. This is ideal for these backyard farmers who want to get done with a nesting box which caters three or more birds at a time. For triplex type, you may need help from a friend or maybe professional. The problem occurs when you are supposed to join wooden slabs all together and form a secure nesting area. Don’t forget to place fake eggs into the boxes; else you won’t be able to convince your flocks to lay eggs inside it.

Check out this Nesting box plan

Triplex nesting box

3: DIY Cute Nesting Box by kelly wood

Here is the guide on how to build chicken nest boxes and that even in simpler ways, being a novice.

  • Assemble your needed parts and tools
  • Cut two equal pieces of plywood (one is the base and other is back)
  • Cut another two pieces from plywood but make sure they have slanted edges – they will make sides.
  • Cut roof and front from plywood pieces.
  • You need 8 different size lumber pieces too

Follow the link to see how to join the wooden slabs together. It is certainly a very good looking sort of nesting box. See the plan here:  Diy nesting box

DIY cute nesting box by kelly wood

4: External Nest Box  by ‘the garden coop.com’

If you fail to analyses the chicken nest box size that you need, this type of plan can work best for you. Basically, you draft the nesting box made from wood and attach it with outside part of the chicken coop. The details are given in the link, yet for overview, have a look:

  • Plywood sheets ( 19 mm thick)
  • Lumber pieces
  • Screws for joining
  • Hinges
  • Latches

Other materials – for door, windows paint

Attach this gorgeous looking nesting box to your coop not from inside, but from outside, it would look as an additional decor as well as allows extra space to accommodate birds within a coop.

See the Complete plan

External nesting box

5: Down East Laying Box by paul j.bemett:

This one is simple, easy and fast to build nesting box according to its designer ‘paul’.  It is an ideal chicken nesting box plan, and that even works perfectly fine for backyard settings. The materials you need for this project include:

  • Plywood
  • Strapping
  • Flathead wood screws
  • Waterproof glue ( for wood)

The link has details about construction and pictures that would give you clear idea about the joining of the various pieces. Get the instruction for this nesting box plan.

nesting box by paul j.bemett

6:  Quick Nesting Box Plan by ana white:

It is all wood game – you need to have a slanted top, probably designed with various wooden sheets. Also, with a door type front, you can attract hens to come over it and lay their eggs. Make sure you keep fresh straws in it so that hens feel comfortable. If you think you hens would not get habitual of this behavior, place a fake egg to make them used too.

See this Detail Plan

Quick Nesting Box Plan by ana white

7:  Nesting Box Made Of Dish Pan by rebecca simpson

Metal nesting boxes when bought from the market are an expensive option. However, you don’t have worry for that as DIY plan would facilitate your need. The materials needed would be:

  • Dishpans (two of same shape and size)
  • Snips
  • Drills
  • Cable ties

Make two equal opening at the main side of the dishpans. Flip one over the other and fix it will screws. This way you will get simplest types of nesting boxes – for depth knowledge, see this complete plan.

Nesting Box made of Dish Pan by rebecca simpson

8: DIY Plywood Box by simon wells

One of the simplest ways of making a highly functional nesting box is here – use plywood and get done with it. You can either place it on the floor, or hung it for a wall and keep eggs there in the morning. Make sure it is about 10 inches, as it is an ideal nesting box measurement. Make sure you cut the wooden pieces in equal length and fix them well, because that is only part that require attention, rest remains fun. Get the detail here

DIY Plywood box by simon wells

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  1. Dear Farhan,
    Thanks for the info on the day nesting boxes. New ideas need to be spread around. How about chicken keeping as a sport ?
    A famous political promise was “a chicken in every pot”.
    Chickens are an important agent in Permaculture. Permaculture is the politics I am espousing. Soon I will have chickens.

  2. Another very easy and great way of making nesting boxes is to use 20 litre chemical or oil containers. All you do is cut out the end where the handle is with a saw, this will become the entrance then lay it on its side with the cut end facing you make sure they are totally cleaned with warm soapy water. They are better than wooden nesrting boxes because the can be squirted out and washed when they get too dirty and then just put back. It is a much better way of preventing diseases and minimising odour especially if you are in a suburban area.

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