- Box: 12"L x 12.5"W x 15"H (approx size)
- Nesting Pad: sold separately, see Accessories tab
- Perch: 12"L x 9"W (approx size)
- Roll Out Tray: 4"L x 12.5"W (17.5"L complete tray) | Flap: 5.25"L x 11"W (approx size)
- The perch assembly easily slides out, providing full access to clean the ChickBox
- May be washed or hosed down for cleaning
- Roll Out Tray (described below)
- Accommodates up to 6 hens
- Manufactured with Natural Polypropylene Impact Copolymer that complies with FDA food additive regulation 21CFR177.1520(c)3.1a.
- Easy to clean.
- Will not rot or rust like metal or wood laying boxes.
- Since it's injection molded, there are no cracks or crevices for poultry mites (red mites) to hide.
- Fold-up perch is nifty front perch folds up to keep broody hens out at night. Perch also allows droppings to fall clear of the nesting area.
- The roll-out nest tray is optional. Speeds egg collection. Eggs stay clean (no droppings on them) and safe from pecking. Improves hygiene and speeds up egg collection. Keeps eggs cleaner as they roll away after being laid. Flap prevents any egg pecking or soiling.
- Interlocking system allows multiple boxes snap together with locking side tabs.
- Made of plastic—safer and easier to clean. Unlike metal it won’t rust and has no sharp edges. And unlike wood there are no splinters and it doesn’t harbor mites. Can be easily hosed down with water and disinfectant for cleaning.
How to Use
Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
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Barbara T from Upstate NY
Hens land I like this product better than Nest-O-Matic. I get more unbroken eggs, but hens can still get their heads into the egg collection tray.
Marian S from Wisconsin
Fast service on parts to a product that I have had for years and am happy with after the company worked out one serious problem.
Jennisse S from Montana
Very well made. Not sure worth the money. One of my chicken prefers a recycled avocado box and other uses the straw pile right now. But hopefully I can get my chickens to use these boxes. I do not think that whether my chickens use these should be part of the rating; it is not the boxes' fault. The four stars rating is for the expense - they are well made just expensive.
- Try placing a ceramic or wooden nest egg in the box.
- Place a comfortable amount of clean bedding in the nesting box. Remove after they consistently lay in the box.
- Locate nests in darker, secluded areas.
Where and how high should the nest boxes be set up?
Place in corners or dimly lit areas of the coop, but make sure both you and your birds have easy access to the nest. 2 ft high at the base of the nest is reachable for most birds. Egg-stealing pests also have a harder time reaching this height.
What material should you use?
We’ve sold or used plastic, metal and wooden boxes over the years, with hundreds of chickens. Plastic is preferred because it doesn’t rot, is easy to clean, and lacks seams that mites or lice can hide in. Hybrid metal/plastic units are a close second, combining metal’s durability and plastic’s quick cleaning.
Should you use bedding?
With a roll-out tray, you may have to initially use bedding. After the hens get in the habit of laying in the box (with a tray), gradually remove the bedding. If not using the roll-out tray, we prefer straw or hay—both stay in the box better than wood shavings.
Ed C from Michigan
I've had these ChickBoxes for about 10 years now. I like them very much but I've had to replace the perches about every two years. They have made improvements on them but they still break at the ends that attach to the ChickBox. If they could only beef up the ends I could give them a 5 star rating but not until then.
Cynthia from Washington
My girls got in the boxes right away. They knew what to do. Glad I got them.