Chicken Coop Nesting Box & Door

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After doing some research, I knew we needed one box minimum per two – four chickens and we started with six chicks… so two boxes it was! Chickens like it quiet when they lay eggs (they go into this weird trance like state) They need to feel secure and safe, which is why when you build these boxes, make sure they are not too big.

The Interior

Each box interior had to be approximately 12″ x 12″ x 14″ tall and separated by a ply wall to keep the chickens from bothering each other.

The Exterior

The outside needed to be weatherproof, and accessible via door to gather eggs.

The Nesting Box Door

This piece actually took some thought. Since this element of the coop would be jutting out it would need:

  • a roof
  • a cap style lid (with overhang)
  • to be secure – so predators couldn’t break their way in
  • lightweight enough to be manageable by one person
  • some way to be temporary propped up while gathering eggs.

If you take a close look at the pictures below, you’ll see that the hinge was offset so I could cover the joint between the door and the framing. ( since having a hinge facing upward toward the elements created a potential problem with leakage.)

David Naves

About the Author:

Hi, I'm David Naves. I'm a daddy, hubby and currently live in Auburn California with (1) wife, (2) children, (1) dog, (1) cat, and (6) chickens. I play drums, am an avid fly fisherman a proud chicken nerd, as well as an Arduino enthusiast. I also enjoy using my general contractors license from time to time... even if just to over-build my Arduino Automated Chicken Coop As far as name-dropping and shameless self-promotion, I have over 20 years experience in the web industry and have helped build out,, and to name a few. I've co-founded an Emmy Award Winning Music Editing Firm in Los Angeles (Milky Music) and I hold a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. I'm passionate about getting Small Business America in to the "Big Game" of SEO and ecommerce, so I founded™ to do just that. My favorite web host is Acenet, love my Chromebook, and am passionate about learning via You can typically find me making noise out on Google+, Twitter and Facebook

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