This step by step diy project is about how to build chicken nesting boxes. After building the chicken coop, you need to get the job done by attaching the nesting boxes to the construction. Although this is a straight-forward process, there are a few things that you should know before starting the construction of the nesting boxes. Invest in high-quality materials and assemble the boxes with great care.
It is essential to use weather-resistant lumber when building the chicken coop, so make sure you select the components with attention. Moreover, take accurate measurements before making the cuts, otherwise the components might not fit together. Adjust the size of the chicken coop according to your needs, but make sure you follow the instructions described in this article. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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How to Build Chicken Nesting Boxes
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- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 36″ long, 3 pieces – 6 3/4″ long LEGS
- F – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 16″x26″ long, 5 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 16″ long LADDER
- G – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 16″x24″ long, 2 pieces – 16″x23 1/4″ long SIDES&PARTITIONS
- G – 1 piece of 3/4′ plywood – 16”x34 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 18 1/2″x36″ long, 1 pieces – 36″x17 1/2″ long BOTTOM&TOP
- 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood filler
- wood glue
- Part 1: Easy Chicken Coop Plans
- Part 2: How to Build a Chicken Coop Nest
Building nesting boxes
The first step of the backyard project is to build the sides and the partitions for the nesting boxes. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to mark the cut lines on the 3/4″ plywood and to get the job done with a circular saw.
Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a cleaner, before assembling the nesting boxes. Work with attention and take accurate measurements.
Next, assemble the frame of the nesting boxes. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the bottom component and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the sides. In addition, we recommend you to drill pocket holes along the bottom edges of the partitions and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the bottom component.
Continue the project by attaching the face component to the nesting boxes. Cut the component at the right size and attach it to the frame of the nesting boxes with 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure you leave no gaps between the components and add glue to create rigid joints.
Fit the nesting boxes to the opening of the chicken coop and secure it into place by suing 1 1/4″ screws. Plumb the sides of the chicken nest with a spirit level and make sure the top is horizontal. It is essential to create a rigid bond and to leave no gaps between the components.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood lid to the chicken nesting boxes and secure it to the back wall by using several metal hinges. Work with attention and make sure the lid opens and closes properly.
Cover the lid with tar paper and install asphalt shingles, in order to protect the nesting boxes from decay and water damage.
Top Tip: Align everything with attention and invest in high-quality materials.
We recommend you to secure them into place by fitting 2×2 legs. Cut the components at the right size and lock them together using 2 1/2″ pocket screws. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical supports and secure them to the horizontal components.
Align the components with great attention and secure the legs to the nesting boxes using 2″ screws. Plumb the legs with a spirit level before fitting them into place.
One of the last steps of the project is to build the ladder for the chicken coop. Therefore, we recommend you to attach 1×2 slats to the 3/4″ plywood support. Make sure you cut the slats at the right size and secure them to the plywood using 1 1/4″ finishing nails.
After building the frame of the chicken coop we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, check if all the components are locked together tightly and aligned properly.
Top Tip: Don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the project, if you want to learn how to build the basic chicken coop. In addition, make sure you read all the instructions with attention before starting the assembly.
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