If you raise laying chickens, you need nest boxes! Your nest boxes need to make your chickens feel secure as well as satisfy their natural nesting instincts. They make it easy for you to gather the eggs and keep your chickens happy! To make your own DIY nest boxes, check out our free printable plans to help you build them!
Nest Box Requirements
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Types of Nest Boxes
Nest Box Curtains... Necessary?
You may have seen lots of beautiful chicken coops that have nest box curtains. Why are they added? Many chickens seem to enjoy the extra privacy the curtains provide while they are nesting, and they look pretty in your coop! You may find that your chickens love them or are indifferent too them. Some of our chickens prefer the nest boxes with curtains, while others prefer to lay in an open basket. So are they necessary? No! But they sure are cute!
The Bottom Line
Happy chickens lay the best eggs, so provide them with comfortable nest boxes! When your hens lay in their nest boxes each day, you will not have to hunt for their eggs around your property. Make sure you have enough properly sized nest boxes for the size of your flock, fill them with clean bedding, and place them in a protected area. Your chickens will do the rest and provide you and your family with delicious healthy eggs!
What do you use for your chicken's nest boxes? Share in the comments!