There are a few ways we can save money if we are on a fairly tight budget and that is to make Chicken Nesting Boxes or Laying Boxes ourselves.
Although keeping Chickens at Home, as Pets, or, as is more often the case, for only a few years while they are productive Egg Layers, is not expensive but all costs add up. There are ways to cut costs by making, or appropriating, items that can help us save money. Chickens are not that fussy about what they lay their Eggs in in.
It does, of course have to be a suitable size for the Chicken to be able to lay in, and then they will be more than happy to use the Laying Box you provide. The Chickens Nesting Box dimensions do not have to be exact. In fact what would be an exact size? For general sizes for Chicken Breeds then anything that allows the Chicken access to the homemade Laying Box will be suitable.
What if the Chicken won't use a Nesting Box? This is not very likely. Most Chickens will be happy to use most things that you supply for them to lay their Eggs in. It may take them a few days to get used to what you provide for them but then they should be more than happy to use what you provide for them.
Ideas For Nesting Boxes For Chickens
If you look around at what you own you may be surprised just what you have laying about that would make an ideal substitute for an expensive Laying container for your Chicken. Learning how to build a Chicken Nesting Box can involve no carpentry whatsoever if you do not wish. Not all Nesting Boxes are expensive but you may like to see if you can make one for free or for minimal cost. So, what can you use to make a Laying area for a Chicken?
You could try the following:
- An old wooden crate for a Nesting Box
- A Fruit crate of a suitable size for your Chicken to lay Eggs in
- An old washing up Bowl, which are easy to clean after the Chicken lays its Egg
- Basically anything that a Chicken can get easy access to to lay an Egg.
Although I would be loath to use anything for a Laying Box that was wooden, if you want to make a Chicken Nesting Box for minimal money then old, small wooden crates may be ideal for a while. The only problem with wooden containers for Chickens to lay Eggs in is the difficulty in cleaning. On the other hand you may have a pile of such things so that would make them ideal.
One of my preferred Chicken Laying Boxes is an old washing up bowl. I would simply cut the front out to make it easy for the Chicken to walk straight in to the bowl and lay. They work very well and have the added advantage of being very easy to clean. It takes seconds to clean the Nesting Box. How to clean Chickens Laying Boxes is an important consideration as you want to make your life easier not more difficult. These are a few ideas you could try if you wish to learn how to build a chicken nesting box.
Chicken Nesting Boxes. Dimensions
How large should nesting boxes for Chickens be? The dimensions really do not have to be exact. The laying box size Chickens are most comfortable with is simply a size that easily accomodates them. If it is large then that is OK, better too large that an laying box that is to small.