Anyone who follows this Self Sufficient site knows that we like to keep things as simple as possible.
If we can do something cheaply or for free then that is what we will do. A big part of a Self Sufficient Life is getting the best quality food at the cheapest prices. This is where keeping Chickens is so invaluable. Chicken nesting boxes or Chicken Laying boxes can be a simple affair if we wish.
Hopefully you have read How To Build Chicken Houses For Free and are now on your way to the freshest Eggs imaginable. Here is a handy quick tip for a Chicken Nesting Box. As usual, many sites will over complicate building a Chicken Nesting Box and get hung up on exact dimensions etc etc. Not here!
Some things simply don’t need to be complicated.
How To Make A Chicken Nesting Box
Chickens are not fussy Birds. Give them shelter, food and water and they will reward you with super tasty eggs. It’s as simple as that.
They like an area where they can lay their eggs in what, for them, would be a nice little nest if they were to get broody and sit on the eggs.
- It needs to be big enough for the Chicken
- It needs some bedding
- It should be below where they perch or they will use it to sleep in
- It should have a way of droppings not landing in it
They don’t ask for much.
Chicken Nesting Boxes Made Easy
Forget about having to build some complicated box. Here is a Chicken Nest Box we can all make.
- Buy a cheap round plastic bowl
- Cut out the front of part of it so the Chicken can walk in to it
- Put some bedding in it
- Secure a shelf above the box
- Wait for Eggs
That was what I did.
The plastic bowls can be found very cheaply in discount shops. They are great because they can easily be cleaned and a round shape suits the Chicken perfectly. It is easy to cut a little area out of it for the Chicken to get access to the bowl.
Chicken Nesting Boxes Are Simple
I put ours on the floor and placed a shelf above them with a few logs and some bedding. The Chickens happily sleep on the shelf and within a few days they get the hang of laying in the bowls. These Chicken laying boxes work fantastically well.
If you want to build a Chicken Nesting Box very cheaply then this is the perfect answer. It will probably cost about what it would to buy half a dozen free range eggs that have been hanging around in a supermarket for a week or two!
Hen laying boxes can be made very cheaply if we wish.
For a more self sufficient future