There has been a lot of nesting going on in the Baltz household... Mom, Marietta- don't get too excited. I simply mean that we have been busy building some chicken nesting boxes! Who knew that these little boxes would be cause for greatest debate in our chicken coop building process.
There are many differing opinions on the size of nesting boxes and we have read them all. There are also many opinions on the location. Basically, some people make it sounds like chickens will nest anywhere and others make it seem like a science. After much review, our nesting boxes had a bit of a remodel. If you remember from my last post, the chicken coop looked like this:
Chicken Coop Part 1
And here I am rebuilding the nesting boxes. If at first you do not succeed, try, try again.
|Please ignore the headband thingy. It was freezing and I was desperate.|
So, round two included raising the nesting boxes up in height. This way the chickens have to step up a bit to get into them (which apparently, they like to do). We have also pitched the roof of the nesting box so that it mirrors the angle of the coop roof line. With the new plans, each box will be about 12" in length, by 12" wide and the height will be 12" at the back, but will angle up to 18" in front. Sounds like a cozy little home, right? Also, rather than lifting the top on the nesting boxes to gather the eggs (which would be complicated due to the roof line), the front panel of the boxes will fold down. More details on this to come.
We obviously still have some work to do on them, but you can see the general shape.
Another new development is the roof, which we made from an old piece of plywood that the former owners left at our house. We still have to shingle, but lucky for us, we have shingles laying around from when Eric re-roofed our house! You will all be relieved to know that our chickens are getting 60 year shingles. I know that you all were worried.
So, we are still working away over here. It is looking like we are going to be done in plenty of time to house our chicks though. Up next, shingling the roof, siding and painting!!!