GOOD NEST BOX FOR HENS, BUNNIES ETC 9/2/2013
Customer review by Sylvester2
5.0 stars 9/2/2013 by Sylvester2
Looked everywhere for washable stacking boxes with tall openings to use as nest boxes for chickens that I didn't have to cut up or modify. I bought a couple Homz in the store in black on clearance and told my friend who bought the remaining 4 boxes for her hens. Though not ideal because the lids do not snap securely but are loosely fit on top, the bottom lip of the box is suitably raised enough to keep straw in the box and to prevent eggs from rolling out and sturdy enough to allow a chicken to stand on the lip. Of course, the boxes have to be set up off the ground on a wide platform with another long platform across the lids to keep them closed - this will also anchor-weight the boxes from tipping when the hens move around inside. The boxes aren't roomy for super large hens but adequate for our lightweight Ameraucanas, Leghorns and Bantams with good standup space inside - the box sides taper down at the bottom rather than having straight boxlike sides. Straight sides would've allowed more room for larger hens. I suppose there's a way in the rear to anchor a box to a hen house if you choose. My friend stacked two boxes on the hen house floor with two more stacked directly on top and has a flat beam across the top row to keep the lids from coming off. The lids are a real problem being so loosely fit which makes no sense since these boxes are designed to have a second and third row of boxes to be securely stacked on the upper tiers. I taped the lids down to the box rather than drilling screws because I want to be able to remove the lids quickly at cleaning time. I like being able to move the boxes around when cleaning which I can't do with permanently mounted nest boxes. Though not 100% perfect, still a decent product for my immediate need which is why I gave 5 stars.
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Los Angeles County, CA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:65 or older
Ownership:2 - 3 months