Inside our chicken coop. The buckets make it an easy clean up, and the slanted roof prevents hens from nesting on top of the boxes.

Inside our chicken coop. The buckets make it an easy clean up, and the slanted roof prevents hens from nesting on top of the boxes.

Use herbs in your chicken nesting boxes to provide all sorts of benefits! This post has the full list of the best herbs to use, too.

Herbs for Chicken Nesting Boxes

Use herbs in your chicken nesting boxes to provide all sorts of benefits! This post has the full list of the best herbs to use, too.

British Trust for Ornithology - DIY instructions for small hole nest boxes ideal for blue tits and great tits

British Trust for Ornithology - DIY instructions for small hole nest boxes ideal for blue tits and great tits

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Often a roost bar or step is added in front of the box to give the hen a place to jump to before entering the nest box. Also a "lip" is added to the front of the nesting box to keep the bedding material and/or eggs from being pushed out.

Often a roost bar or step is added in front of the box to give the hen a place to jump to before entering the nest box. Also a "lip" is added to the front of the nesting box to keep the bedding material and/or eggs from being pushed out.

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For an easy weekend project, make this cute portable chicken nesting box out of a wooden half barrel in just a few minutes.  A portable nesting box has many uses and your cost can be minimal if you repurpose materials you have lying around.

For an easy weekend project, make this cute portable chicken nesting box out of a wooden half barrel in just a few minutes. A portable nesting box has many uses and your cost can be minimal if you repurpose materials you have lying around.

Size: Nest boxes should be big enough for your hen to stand in comfortably  Nesting material: dry wood shavings over straw.  Often a roost bar or step is added in front of the box to give the hen a place to jump to before entering the nest box. Also a "lip" is added to the front of the nesting box to keep the bedding material in place  make sure they aren't too high for the hens but not higher than the roosts or you'll have hens sleeping inside the nest boxes.

Size: Nest boxes should be big enough for your hen to stand in comfortably Nesting material: dry wood shavings over straw. Often a roost bar or step is added in front of the box to give the hen a place to jump to before entering the nest box. Also a "lip" is added to the front of the nesting box to keep the bedding material in place make sure they aren't too high for the hens but not higher than the roosts or you'll have hens sleeping inside the nest boxes.

Nice Nest box One nesting box for every 2-4 hens.  Size: Nest boxes should be big enough for your hen to stand in comfortably. Usually 12 x 12 x 12 inches is adequate, but building bigger is usually a good idea.

Nice Nest box One nesting box for every 2-4 hens. Size: Nest boxes should be big enough for your hen to stand in comfortably. Usually 12 x 12 x 12 inches is adequate, but building bigger is usually a good idea.

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