DIY on the Farm: How to Build Chicken Nesting Boxes with Buckets

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Stealth Survival

Here’s a great little DIY project if you have chickens.  This is a simple, no-frills … but no-hassle way of building some nesting boxes for those birds.

Front View of Nesting Buckets
In the above picture, you can see the buckets with fresh hay ready for the little ladies. The raised nesting boxes will make it easier to harvest the eggs.
Side View of Raised Nesting Buckets
Here’s a side view that shows how the buckets fit in the raised portion of the holder for the new nesting buckets. You can use some scrap lumber or pallet material to build these stands.
View of Bucket with Partial Lid
A small section of the red lids were left on the buckets to help hold in the nesting material. The lids cut easily with a knife and the partial lids really help in retaining the hay or grass.
Kitty Litter Bucket
Since the regular round buckets aren’t always available in sufficient quantities, it was decided to use empty kitty litter buckets to make the nesting boxes. There was no shortage of kitty litter buckets available thanks to the local Cat Lady.
Raised Ground Nesting Buckets
Here is a raised platform, only about 4 inches high off the ground. These are for those hens that feel more comfortable at ground level.
It is always important to utilize all of your resources. Usually, a simple solution can be found quite easily if you spend a little time looking in the right place.

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