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Chicken nesting box

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This chicken nesting box was built using recycled pallet and plywood crate timber and MDF pieces.



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The project


A friend asked if I could make a chicken nesting box for her two backyard chickens.

I planed up some pallets to equal thicknesses and made the framework using pocket hole screw joints.

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Then glued and brad nailed the back panels using a couple MDF pieces cut to size for the spacing of the middle frames.

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A plywood crate was being thrown away at work so I cut that up for the internal lining of the nesting boxes.


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I glued and brad nailed those in place and then continued on with the outer cladding.

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I finished the back, floor and a couple of strips at the front. She supplied plastic trays that she will place in each position.

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The side and end cladding was supposed to go full width but I accidentally cut the boards too small so I decided to cut them smaller and glue them inside the outer frame.

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And voila! One chicken nesting box. I will fill the nail holes with beeswax and she will apply a varnish finish.


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How to build a chicken coop


Build your own chicken coop with this step-by-step guide: How to build a D.I.Y. chicken coop.



More project inspiration


Workshop member Caron built this incredible chicken coop with cafe blind, verandah and screening for extra weather protection.




Workshop member jennyweston had the clever idea of turning a broken pantry cupboard into a chicken laying box that allows chooks to enter into the laying box of their choice.


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