15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

Plastic Storage Crate Nesting Boxes

Here’s a great way to use plastic storage crates to create a nesting box apartment.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

Geometric Nesting Boxes

Can you imagine how cool this would look painted with a chicken-friendly paint?

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com


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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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!

via girlsgonetrashy.blogspot.com

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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

Upcycled Furniture Nesting Boxes

Reusing furniture that can’t be used for it’s regular purpose is a great idea! Upcycling at its finest!

via girlsgonetrashy.blogspot.com

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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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!

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com



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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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. 15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com


Wine Crate Nesting Boxes

Would you like some wine with your eggs?

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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.

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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!

15+ Chicken Nesting Box Hacks @ Momwithaprep.com

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

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.

Follow me on Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter
If you love the content you find at Mom with a PREP, I'd love it if you would CLICK HERE> to vote for this site as one of your favorite Preparedness Websites!
Subscribe Today!

No spam ever!

Print Friendly


  1. Theresa L says

    I wanted to add the tip that my Dad has always done to solve the “My chickens won’t lay their eggs in the nest boxes” problem.
    Put a few golf balls in each nest box and the chickens will think they’re laying in someone else’s nest and won’t have to do the work of sitting on the eggs


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *