Sunday, April 28, 2013

DIY free Nest Boxes

Hubby found an amazingly simple and free way to expand our nest box space in the Silkie coop. Cat litter nest boxes! If you have Silkies you know that they don't fly very well. They do this sort of flap & hop thing that can get them up to a low perch, but that's about it. 

In the Silkie coop, the nest boxes sit on the ground. We have a few nest boxes, but with broody season kicking in they are always full. I even have 3 hens with chicks already in their 'condos' and still the nest boxes are full. We're talking 4 hens in 1 nest box! I take them out, they pack themselves right back in. *sigh* 

free next boxes

So hubby started looking for more nest boxes online since I really like the ones we have (washable, sturdy, removable lid.....whats not to love?) Instead he found an idea for using empty cat litter tubs.


We just happened to have 2 extras. A quick scrubbing and partial lid removal and they were ready to go. The hens seem to like them, and with 2 more options, things are much less crowded. Plus, like the other ones they are washable and sturdy....and in the winter when nobody is broody I can just take them out and store them in the garage. Plus....did I mention they were FREE!? 

free nest boxes

If you really want to get fancy though, a can of Krylon or Rustoleum plastic paint from Walmart is all it takes to make these bins look less like cat litter tubs! I picked a pretty light purple and it was under $4 a can. One can covered both boxes and there's plenty left in the can. I simply spray painted them as directed on the can, making sure to get them well covered. They don't need taped off or anything, though you might want to make sure they're clean before your paint. 

I washed mine first since they had been sitting outside for awhile. I didn't want the paint to stick to dirt and then flake off! I didn't spray the insides, but I suppose you could if you wanted to. I think they're cute! I might even add some cute chicken stencils to the outside. Not too bad for practically free!

~L 

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    1. Thanks! I'm always looking for ways to save money....this fit the bill perfectly!

      ~L

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  2. What a great idea!! We are thinking about raising chickens, pinning everything I can including this blog.

    Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist, remember the link up goes until Saturday so come back and link up some more chicken info.

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    1. Thanks for the pin! I really appreciate it!

      ~L

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  3. Great idea! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing (visiting from Clever Chicks blog hop)

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    1. Glad you like it. Thanks for the pin!

      ~L

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  4. Wonderful idea! Thanks for following me, I am following you back. :) Excited to share our chicken adventures together!

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    1. Great! Me too....always need new chicken friends! Congrats on the new kitty.

      ~L

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  5. I did that when we had chickens, worked great. Glad you found something cheap that works for you as well.

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    1. They are great, plus...they wash right off! Thanks for stopping by!

      ~L

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  6. Great idea! I am going to use it for sure.

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    1. You should try it...they work great!

      ~L

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  7. Love your nesting boxes that is perfect. B

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  8. Hey whatever works. I think they look great. Did you chickens lay that many eggs?

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    1. Thanks. I have about a dozen hens in that coop. They're bantys though, so there may be a lot of eggs but their not very big! lol

      ~L

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  9. Just got you added to my blogroll. Thanks for having me on your sidebar.

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    1. Thanks so much! I love your blog :-)

      ~L

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  10. Such a cool idea. With three indoor cats I always have those kitty littler boxes. I try to find ways to reuse them and this is awesome!

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    1. We use them for everything from small compost bins to poop-scraper buckets. Any way we can re-use, and I'm all for it!

      ~L

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  11. Great idea. Thanks for coming to the HomeAcre Hop. Come back and see us this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/self-sufficient-homeacre-hop-3/

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  12. Love this great idea! If I only had cats :-( Maybe I'll try craigslist to find some buckets....

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    1. Maybe try the local yahoo freecycle group? Somebody is bound to have some extras. Good luck!

      ~L

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