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Farm Museum Projects #2 Hen Nesting Box

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Project by Garret D., Level Timber Co. posted 11-17-2016 12:34 PM 1272 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Boss Lady at the farm museum pulled me aside, and said that her hens had no place comfy to lay. “Oh no!” I said, “We can’t have that for my girls!” And it was time for a new build.

I wanted to go ship lap, because great grandpa Johann, on the family farm, ship lapped just about everything that needed siding. Sure, he would tongue and grove a panel door, but for any sort of siding, ship lap was good enough. And if it good enough for ol’ great granddad Johann, you can be sure it is good enough for me.

So after cutting the ship lap grooves into some planks, I rabbeted and notched my way into a frame. Next with the help of assorted clamps and the Mrs. I glued up my fabri-cobbled frame, and then nailed in the ship lapped planks with a brad nailer. Now Great Granddad Johann was pretty tight with a nail, but I figured, I need to finish this thing…

Then I pin nailed some cedar shingle on the roof, over some felt. This was by no means a good job, and I really needed to have gotten more of them on then I did (my spacing was wrong, but live and learn, that was the first time). But anyhow, the roof is good enough for chickens I figured.

Last I finished up with a ramp for my girls. Though, they don’t know how to use it, and when you see them coming down, it is with them flapping their wings vigorously and feathers every-which way all the way down. So mostly the ramp serves a comedic function, not a particularly practical one.

So long story short, cozy hens, Happy woodworking ya’ll!





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-17-2016 12:40 PM

Wow, that is one fancy hen house. Nice going. That lady will have you very busy building those fine pieces for the farm museum. Put your name on it and you may get a whole lot of work from the museum visitors!

The girls will be very happy with you!!

Cheers, Jim!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

#2 posted 11-17-2016 12:51 PM


Wow, that is one fancy hen house. Nice going. That lady will have you very busy building those fine pieces for the …

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim! I am happy to do it. I plan on getting chickens and am glad to get the experience building the infrastructure. First before chickens is bees, for myself, making a couple of top bar hives. I plan on doing and posting that project this winter. I am going to be using my own poplar, grown and milled on my property for the hives (if all goes according to plan).

If I re-do the coop itself, I might ask for some cred.. I figure you’re right Jim, but I don’t have my ducks in a row yet.

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 11-17-2016 02:33 PM

Its a great looking hen house.
Chickens dont care if it isnt PERFECT.
Even us “Seasoned” builders run into projects today and still learn as we go…...thats how we get even better !
As for comment”
I don’t have my ducks in a row yet” change it to chickens in a row yet !!!!! lol
Have fun building…...WE ALWAYS DO !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 11-17-2016 03:59 PM

love the colors ….... GREAT JOB

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 11-17-2016 07:22 PM

Nice work.

As a long time chicken raiser I would point out that chickens like private and protected nests. Left to their own devices they will find the most obscure dark place they avaiable. Your design while very good lacks privacy from the front side. I usually add a piece of cloth long enough to cover the nest entrance to about 6” from the bottom of the opening with the the bottom half of the cloth cut into 1” vertical strips. This allows the chickens to easily enter but still feel concealed. In the pictures you show the top half of the front opening could be solid wood with the cloth below.
PS. If you eventually build your own coop consider designing the nest boxes so you can access them from the back or out side when collecting the eggs.

-- Les B, Oregon

#6 posted 11-17-2016 08:13 PM



Nice work.

As a long time chicken raiser I would point out that chickens like private and protected nests. Left to their own devices they will find the most obscure dark place they avaiable. ...

- LesB

Sage advice I am sure. But it was for a museum based on their requirements. When my time comes I doubtless will have drastically different requirements.

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#7 posted 11-17-2016 09:03 PM

You did a very nice job on this. It’s a very practical piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

#8 posted 11-18-2016 12:16 AM

Thanks all, I appreciate it. Always nice to do a little piece of volunteering, so thanks for the encouragement.

#9 posted 11-18-2016 12:17 AM



Its a great looking hen house.
Chickens dont care if it isnt PERFECT.
Even us “Seasoned” builders run into projects today and still learn as we go…...thats how we get even better !
...

- canadianchips

And by “Seasoned”, I am sure you mean salty.

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