Here is a diy step by step process of building a Chicken Coop Nesting Box (Egg Laying Box). The size, variety and the location of a chicken nesting box will vary depending on your needs. The general idea is to have a clean and dry area where your chickens can lay eggs where they feel safe and secure. You can purchase a fully built “Triplex” chicken nesting box here or a “6 hole” nesting box here. You may also be interested in How To Build a Chicken Coop.
Chicken Nesting Box diy Plans and Dimensions
Here are some general tips for building the best nesting box:
- You will usually need one nesting box for every 2 to 3 chickens or hens.
- A good nesting box should be large enough for your chicken to stand up in without hitting the ceiling of the box. Usually a perfect nesting box size will be 16 x 16 x 16 inches.
- For nesting material it is good to use either soft straw or wood shavings. We use natural RICE HULLS.
- Adding a roost “stepper bar” or a “roost bar” on the front of the box gives the chickens a place to step before entering the nesting box.
- To make sure the nesting material does not fall out and also to give the chicken some security, it is best to add a lip to each nesting box. (see photos below)
- It is best practice to raise the nesting box up and off of the ground.
Chicken Nesting Box with Roost Bar Dimensions: (We will give you dimensions to make 3 nesting boxes in 1 unit with dimension of wood that needs to be cut – Use any type of wood you choose)
1 – Top of nesting box – 50″ x 16″
1 – Bottom of nesting box – 50″ x 16″
1 – Back of nesting box – 50″ x 16″
4 – Sides and inside dividers of nesting box – 16″ x 16″
6 – Side and divider support – 2″ x 8″
1 – Front lip of nesting box – 50″ x 5″
1 – Front top trim of nesting box – 50″ x 3″
2 – Sides to put roost bar through – 14″ x 5″ – with holes at 1 1/2 inches diameter cut with a hole saw
1 – Front roost bar – 60″ long with 5″ hanging out on each side
Below we have the step by step pictures of building our chicken nesting box…….
We have cut the bottom and top pieces and here we show the 4 pieces for the sides and the dividers.
Here we are using wood screws (1″ screws) and applying
a construction adhesive to hold the pieces in place.
Here we have the bottom and top of our nesting box
in place and held together with screws and a general purpose adhesive.
You can see the “divider wood slats” we are using to securely hold the nesting box dividers in place.
In this photo we have the front “lip” in place and a piece of top molding for a better appearance.
Here is the front “roost bar” attached using our side pieces
we made with holes cut into them with a hole saw.
Here is the completed nesting box installed in our coop
and notice it has been raised by using 2 simple bricks to raise it up off the ground.
A side view of our nesting box with the chickens checking it out for the first time.
We placed “fake” plastic eggs in our nesting box to
encourage the chickens to lay eggs in the new area.
One of our chickens entering the nesting box for the first time.
The roost bar is needed to help them get into the box.
Another view of our Chicken Nesting Box with the chickens
hanging out and getting used to the new area.