Recently I told you about my Dad’s DIY Chicken Tractor that he made on the cheep. One of the things he used was a salvaged nesting box to help bring the cost down for the coop. While setting a box with some hay down seems easy enough, you actually need to have a ‘home’ for your chickens to lay their eggs and feel safe. Sure, they’ll lay eggs anywhere, but it’s a good idea to have a place.
If you’re trying to cut the cost of building a chicken coop, here are some great DIY hacks for building your own chicken nesting boxes that I’ve collected that you might want to try for yourself! (Click on any photo to be taken straight to the post/source.)
Dishpan Nesting Boxes
I really liked this one because it’s a simple box construction, but the actual nesting boxes are made from dishpans with the front cut out. You could even do this with small litter boxes that are deep, depending on how big your nesting box frame is. You can do a deeper version of this with a Rubbermaid storage container, too.
Milk Crate Nesting Boxes
Here is a milk crate idea that would be fairly easy to put together in a configuration that works best for your space.
Book Shelf Nesting Boxes
This box system is a great, easy idea that can be made from scrap lumber, easily. Or consider using an old bookshelf for the sides.
Plastic Storage Crate Nesting Boxes
Here’s a great way to use plastic storage crates to create a nesting box apartment.
Geometric Nesting Boxes
Can you imagine how cool this would look painted with a chicken-friendly paint?
Wood Barrel Planter Nesting Box
Sometimes, a wine barrel isn’t just the perfect spot for a nesting box away from the rest of the crowd.
Dollar Spot Nesting ‘Boxes’
And of course, you can go with something quite simple and inexpensive. This is a $1 per ‘box’ solution if you are comfortable with them being on the floor.
HVAC Nesting Box
I wish I could find the original source for this photo, but I tried. I really did. I’m anal like that. I found it pinned quite a few times, but no original source given, and even doing a Google search on the image netted nothing. So to whomever took this photo and uploaded it to the web, I think you for the ingenious hack!
Kitty Litter Pan Nesting Box 2
Here’s a really simple and easy almost already put together box for you nesting box made with a kitty litter pan set.
Kitty Litter Container Nesting Box
Go from the litter box to the litter box container! There are a few versions of this out on the web that are ingenious, including an entire wall full of them, but here’s the simple idea in how to use these kinds of containers and upcycle to a home for your chickens.
Upcycled Furniture Nesting Boxes
Reusing furniture that can’t be used for it’s regular purpose is a great idea! Upcycling at its finest!
Egg Roll Nesting Box Hack
I ran across this one and thought….GENIOUS! Especially if it’s for egg eaters or other issues for your eggs, but building your box where each floor is set at a slight angle can help your eggs roll to the front box, keeping them from being eaten by your chicken, and cleaner in the process. Now, whether you want to let your chicken lay on astro turf is a whole ‘nother issue.
5 Gallon Bucket Nesting Boxes
These 5 gallon buckets are good for not only food storage and paint! You can pick them up at grocery stores, restaurants, DIY stores and more.
Toy Storage Furniture Nesting Box
Yes, yes, I know this isn’t a nesting box. But this is where the hack comes in! Anna White has a great DIY toy bin tutorial that is PERFECT for making some nesting boxes. Go, get the plans now!
Here’s a smaller version of it, without all the preschool toys, that may make it easier to imagine.
Tractor Tire Nesting Box
Now, some may argue the idea of using old tires for anything like raising animals or food, it’s still an idea for any of you who want to run with it.
Wire Organizer Rack Nesting Box
This particular hack is a frame with hinged door, and the ‘cage’ is a wire organizer rack that you can get from many hobby shop/sewing stores. It’s often used for organizing and storage. It can be configured to a few different sizes/shapes, but this works perfectly for a chicken coop. They’ve also cute a few bits out of the back so that they can easily reach in to get the eggs.
Wine Crate Nesting Boxes
Would you like some wine with your eggs?
Concrete Tube Form Nesting Box
Leigh and her husband, at 5acresandadream.com did some dumpster diving and found concrete tube forms. They painted them and repurposed them for their nesting boxes.
Dining Room Chair Nesting Box
Last, but certainly not least. Can you imagine the cutest little garden area where your coop has a few chairs outside on the patio where those who would like to lay alfresco can do so? Instead of filling this with dirt to plant…make it a nesting box!
Here’s another idea that takes a little imagination, but can you CAN create a nesting box apartment from old kitchen cabinet doors!
Here are some additional resources
- The Secret to Keeping Your Nesting Box Clean via FreshEggsDaily.com
- Storye’s Guide to Raising Chickens
- Build Your Own Nesting Box Plans
- All You Need to Know About Nesting Boxes
- Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally by Lisa Steele
- The Backyard Chicken Forum
- Small Chicken Coop
Now go..go and plan great things and start raising some chickens!!!
Your thoughts: Have you experience with your own DIY nesting boxes? Feel free to share your link below.