Nest Boxes

We have the best nest boxes for your chickens, offering a perfect fit for their needs. Our extensive line can accommodate both small coop and larger commercial operations.

Nesting Solutions for Chickens

Laying hens provide a much-needed and nutritious food source. This is why egg-gathering practices have improved over the years, and chicken keepers have to keep up.

We understand that your chicken wants comfort and privacy while nesting, and our array of nests can offer a secure environment for your egg-producing hens.

What to Look for in a Nest Box

Provide your flock with the ideal nesting box. Our selection offers boxes that can accommodate one to 10 hens with separators between each bird’s nest so each hen maintains her privacy. When shopping for a nesting box, look for the following important features:

  • Drain holes in the box’s bottom
  • Easy cleaning and monitoring access
  • Conversion options from a rollout to a regular nest box
  • Interior grooves on the interior wall beneath the entry to help tiny fledglings move about more easily

Tips for Creating the Ideal Chicken Nesting Box

A comfortable and secure nest box design encourages egg laying and keeps them healthy and happy. When looking for a nesting box, consider the following:

  • Size: It should be around 12 inches square for your hens to move around and lay their eggs.
  • Material: Settle for a material that’s easy to clean and disinfect, like wood, plastic, or metal.
  • Bedding: Ample space to place soft materials such as straw and hay to make the nests inviting.
  • Accessibility: Ensure the nest box is easily accessible but not too low for other chickens to roost on top of them.

The Best Nesting Box Designs

We offer different nest box designs and styles, but the best one for your flock will depend on your needs and preferences.

  • Single-compartment nesting box: The cozy nest is an excellent example. It has curtains to provide a safe and dark place for nesting.
  • Multi-compartment nesting box: Like the economic 10-hole front roll-out nest, it has multiple compartments with dividers. Chickens may access them from the front or top.
  • Roll-out nesting box: The nest has a sloping floor allowing eggs to roll away from the hen and into the egg tray or collection area. This prevents dirty or broken eggs. The roll-out nesting box design is easy to clean and maintain.
  • Single-mounted nesting box: Our plastic single-mounted nesting box is a great alternative to the metal nest box. The plastic surface is easy to keep clean and does not get as cold as metal.

How Many Nests Are Needed for 10 Chickens?

A general rule of thumb, provide one nest box for every four to five hens. So, you would need two to three nests for ten chickens.

However, providing extra nesting boxes for your coop is a good idea to ensure your hens have plenty of space. The extra space helps prevent overcrowding and competition.

Where Is the Best Place for a Chicken Nesting Box?

A chicken nest box should be away from the main roosting area. Ideally, the nest box should be in a corner or against a wall for additional bird privacy.

Also, consider the lighting conditions in the nest. Hens prefers nesting in a dimly lit environment. If possible, add a cover over the nest box to reduce light.

How High Should a Chicken Nesting Box Be?

The height of a chicken coop or nesting box depends on the size and breed of your chickens. However, a nest box should be about 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm) above the ground.

This height suits most standard breeds, but you may need to adjust the height for larger or smaller birds. Add a ramp or step if your chickens have difficulty accessing the nesting box. When choosing a design, consider the size and needs of your flock, as well as your preferences and resources.

Do Chickens Prefer Raised Nests?

Every chicken is different and may have their nesting preferences. Some chickens may feel more comfortable laying eggs on the ground, while others may prefer a communal nest box or a nest pad.

Raised chicken nesting boxes can keep the eggs cleaner and reduce the risk of predators or rodents accessing the eggs. Raised boxes are also easier to access when you collect eggs.

What to Use as Fill in Your Nesting Boxes?

The most common materials used to fill chicken nesting boxes are straw, hay, wood shavings, and pine shavings. These materials are absorbent, help keep the eggs clean, and provide a comfortable surface for the eggs to be laid on.

The type of material you use in your nests will depend on your preference and what’s available and affordable in your area. Whatever you choose, keep the box clean. Replace the bedding regularly to keep your chicken healthy and comfortable, and ensure they can provide insulation.