DIY ideas for nesting box

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DIY ideas for nesting box

Post by Miss Chooks » 31 Jul 2014, 14:06

Hello all, I’m pleased to say that I have 4 new birds arriving in 2 weeks! SOOOoooooooo excited \:D/ :cheers: My last 4 that I had for just over 2 years were killed in the night by Mr Fox about 3 months ago, gutted wasn't the word. I have now converted a 9x6 shed and sectioned 3/4 of the space for the girls (& 1 cock). I wasn't actually expecting to get any this year but I have managed to find (not too far away from me) someone who has bred Lavender Sablepoots (my favourite) so now I have to complete everything quickly :shock: . I just have the roof to put on the run (I have the materials), make ventilation in the shed and make/buy a couple of nesting boxes. So my questions are a) ventilation, drill a few holes along the top of the shed? b) Nesting boxes, was going to buy something and just put on the floor of the shed?
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Post by drfish » 31 Jul 2014, 14:34

My ventilation is half a dozen 4" holes drilled under the front and rear apex of the shed. I've not bothered covering them, as if a rat can climb 5 feet up a shed and then negotiate it's way into the hole, then it deserves to :lol:

My nesting boxes are the stackable kids storage bin type things. A bit like this:
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The girls seem to love them and use them freely, they're made of plastic so dead easy to clean and de-mite, and they can just be plonked on the floor of the shed, as you suggest.
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Post by Miss Chooks » 31 Jul 2014, 14:41

Perfect DrFish thank you!

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Post by Moriarty » 31 Jul 2014, 15:29

with the holes I'd tack some strong netting or mesh to stop rodents getting in. Plastic nestboxes are an excellent idea, for spare I've used the cat litter boxes with a roof which my cats don't use any more. Nice and cosy, there's often two squashed in there together.
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Re: DIY ideas for nesting box

Post by farmer Warren » 31 Jul 2014, 22:40

i use square plastic washing up bowls in one coop and black rubber horse feed buckets in another

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