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Miller Manufacturing 163620 Single Chicken Nesting Box for Birds
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- Made With High Density Polyethylene
- Impact Resistant
- Will Not Rot, Corrode Or Rust
- Sloped Roof Prevents Roosting
- Mounts Securely On Wall
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Miller Manufacturing 163620 Single Chicken Nesting Box is made of high density, impact resistant polyethylene that is easy to keep clean and will not rust, rot or corrode. Mounts securely on wall with slide type screw holes. Sloped roof prevents roosting. Perch gives hens a place to land before entering nest. Built-in ventilation holes for fresh air. Mounts to 16" on center studs.
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They need dark, they need shade, they VERY much want privacy, they don't want a hen to perch on the top of the bx and disturb them, they need room to turn around and tend to their nest, and a perch on which to jump to the box, look in and inspect it prior to settling in.
They also want it off the floor. If, like me, you have non-flying hens, they can still clear at least a foot even if they can't fly, and they like to be off the ground as hens fear mice and snakes when they go into their deep egg laying trance.
They also very much need ventilation.
So we just expanded the outbuildings at the sanctuary (which look like an Old West town now) and while some at our rescue are there because someone discarded them after they stopped laying, we have recently taken in some young ones who were in need of care for a variety of reasons which means new eggs. These can be installed in the walk-in buildings by just screwing them into the wall below the higher perches--or on any wall. I bought several.
I love the fold down perch in front as do they.
It's super easy to clean, unlike wooden boxes which means it's more sanitary for your girls. And if you have very broody hens this is even more important.
It does not come with screws which is the one drawback I wish they would have thought of, but buy yourself 4 number 10 screws to go with each opening when you place the order and get happier hens.
That means you'll also get more eggs--while that's never been our goal as we love caring and helping them--it does happen when they are this content and feel this safe in their boxes.
I just ordered a 2nd one and when my custom coop is finished, I plan on ordering 2 more.
Ventilation is better than the old wooden boxes too so I think they will be a lot better in the summer as well
The width across the front is 12”; the depth is 12”; the height in the front of the box is 121/2” and the height towards the back is 20”; the opening measures 7” in width and 71/2” in height. The bar in front of the opening of the box is about 4 inches, from the furthest point of the bar to the opening of the box.
My girls have no problem getting in, moving around or getting out of these boxes.
It’s well made, super sturdy and well ventilated. I highly recommend this product!
Happy chickens are better layers and our 16 chickens lay 12-15 eggs a day.
Keep in mind the boxes need to be mounted to a wooden backing board with 4 large flat head screws (NOT INCLUDED). You will have to have the nesting box in-hand to size the screw correctly for a good fit. I had to take it to the hardware store to get the right size. It is kind of a pain to mount correctly. Took me and my son 4 hours to place a backing board in the coop and get the screws in the right place for 3 of these nesting boxes. But I think it is worth it for happy and secure hens.
These nests attach to the wall with 4 screws in such a way that you can lift the nest up and off the screws to remove it for cleaning. The plastic is very sturdy and didn't have any funky smells to it.
They are much, much bigger than we expected and would be great for a very large coop, or perhaps just one in a medium size coop (then again, size is relative, large and medium to me might be quite small to you...). A Buff Orpington would fit inside this nest box with room to spare.