This step by step diy project is about diy chicken coop nesting boxes plans. This is PART 3 of the 4×8 chicken coop project, where I show you how to build the nesting boxes. If you want to create comfort for the chickens and have easily access to the eggs every morning, building the nesting boxes is a natural step. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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Chicken Coop Nesting Boxes Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 41″ long, 4 pieces – 16″ long, 4 pieces – 9″ long, 6 pieces – 15″ long FRAME
- B – 2 pieces of T1-11 siding – 18″x19 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 18″x41″ long, 1 piece – 12 3/4″x42 1/4″ long WALLS
- C – 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 20″x46 1/4″ long, 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 46 1/4″ long LID
How to build chicken nesting boxes
The first step of the project is to build the wall frames for the chicken coop nesting boxes. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to cut the components from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Continue the project by assembling the small frame for the chicken coop nesting boxes. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention.
After building the two frames, you need to assemble the nesting boxes by attaching the rest of the components. Cut the 2×2 components at the right dimensions and secure the to the frame with 2 1/2″ screws. You can use pocket screws or you can just drill pilot holes and insert the screws. Make sure the corners are right-angled when assembling the nesting boxes.
Attach the T1-11 to the bottom of the nesting boxes. Use nails or 1 1/4″ screws to secure the bottom panel to the frame for the nesting boxes.
Next, you need to attach the partitions to the nesting boxes. Cut the partitions at the right dimensions shown in the diagram and secure them to the frame of the box with screws or nails.
Build the side panels from T1-11 siding. Align the edges with attention and secure the panels to the frame of the box with nails or screws.
Attach the T1-11 panel to the back of the nesting box using nails or screws. Align the edges flush before locking the panel into place.
Fit the nesting boxes to the side of the chicken coop and align the edges flush. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws every 6″ into the wall of the chicken coop.
Fit the 1×2 support for the lid to the top of the nesting boxes. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure the support into place.
Attach the lid to the top of the nesting boxes and align the edges with attention. Use hinges to secure the lid into place tightly.
The nesting boxes are easily to access, so you can harvest the fresh eggs every morning. In addition, you can also clean the nesting boxes easily once a month or so.
You can install a handle to the lid of the chicken coop, so you can open and close it easily. In addition, you should consider installing a latch so you keep the chickens safe from the predators.
Make sure you check out PART 1 and PART 2 of the 4×8 chicken coop project, so you learn how to build the frame and the roof for the coop. In addition, I have many other chicken coop projects on the site, so don’t forget to check them out as well.
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