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Nesting Box Curtains

Shortly after we integrated the new chicks into the flock, we had noticed some of the younger chickens were roosting in the edge of the nesting box. Although we had not seen any of them just hanging out in the nesting box there were signs (chicken poop). It is possible this would not develop into a bad habit, but I did want to break them of this before it became a problem.

So, last Saturday I decided to make some nesting box curtains for the coop. I dug through my big bag of various material and scraps. I toyed with using some black and white cow print material that was left over from one of my son's Halloween costumes as a child. He is graduating college in a couple of weeks....if that tells you how long I've had it. But then I found this old pink and white material that was perfect.

The material is a bit faded in spots, but they are curtains for the coop so it is perfect. I honestly do not recall what this was left from (possibly a table cloth or old curtain). I was looking for material that would not ravel or fray bad. It already had the edges hemmed so it worked out nicely.

Then I just went out to the coop and measured the opening to the nesting box (we have one large nesting box without separators).

Next, I cut three panels all the same width 8 x 10 inches keeping the hemmed edge as the bottom of the panels. Then I simply stapled them to the frame above the nesting box with a staple gun. Viola, Nesting box curtains!

Jon thinks they are kind of funny and they are not fancy, but they should do the trick. The big gals should be starting to lay in a month or two. Once they start laying the curtains will also provide privacy for the hens while laying.

For more information on the uses of nesting box curtains, check out The Chicken Chick.

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  1. I have curtains in my coop as well and they do serve a purpose as well as being pretty. Nice job!
    Fresh Eggs Daily

    1. Who says you can't be pretty and functional, right?

      Thanks for visiting!

  2. Nice way to bling out the coop! Thank you so much for Linking up to Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

    1. Solving a problem can still be done with bling right?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thanks for the shout-out. I have had curtains on my nest boxes for years, having come upon the concept quite organically and it's wonderful to see them implemented in another coop! If they do not happen to work for this particular purpose right now, try adding some egg cartons to the inside of the nest boxes to physically prevent them from pooping inside them.

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. You're welcome. I find your blog very informative as we are newbies. I'm excited to say hey actually are working!

      Thanks for hosting!

  4. I hope that keeps them out of the nesting boxes!

  5. I would be very thankful if you continue with quality what you are serving right now with your blog...I really enjoyed it...and i really appreciate to you for this....its always pleasure to read so....Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thank you for the kind words of encouragement.


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