I used five gallon buckets to make nesting boxes! I've been wanting to add some nesting boxes to the coop because one of the places the hens lay, they also like to roost, and when they do, their eggs get dirtier than they would if they were nesting in an area they didn't roost. They also like to lay in low places, so I had the idea to create nesting boxes that rested on the floor. I've seen nesting boxes made out of five gallon buckets, (I even had some when I first got hens) so I decided to try them out.
I used a 2X4 under the lip of the buckets, and screwed them into that. Then I used hinges to attach the front panel. It's a cedar fencing plank from Lowe's. That way, I can "open" the nests for cleaning. I keep it closed with hook and eye sets on either end of the planks.
I realized after it was all together, that It would have worked just as well to have simply screwed the front plank into the 2X4. Cleaning would be as simple as turning the set upside down and dumping the shavings that way.
Then I just set the whole deal on the ground in the hen house!
Some photos while I was at it...
Did I do THAT!?
Goat potato chips.