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Note: pictures showing the egg collection tray are from our divided nest boxes made by the same Amish shop. The pictures display the egg collection tray and lid setup. The Colony nest boxes are open design with the same outside but without the dividers. Click Here if you would like to see the same nest box with dividers.
The specially designed slanted ½” x ½” PVC coated wire mesh slanted floor allows the eggs to land softly and roll freely into a protected compartment so that chickens can’t step on, crack or peck at them. Manure droppings pass on through the wire mesh onto a pull-out tray for easy cleaning eliminating the need for extra laying mats.
Manure cleanout is a breeze, especially on the outside rear collection. You can roll a wheelbarrow right up to the box and pull out the manure trays just under the egg collection trays and dump without ever having to reach in or disturb the layers.
The community open concept is patterned from large commercial operations that have the traditional dividers removed with outside curtains providing the look of separation. The community concept handles nearly double hens than a standard divided compartment nest box.
To collect the eggs simply lift the front cover and the eggs will be all lined up for a clean simple collection without having to disturb nesting hens.
Colony Nesting Boxes are simple to install and provide many superior benefits over wooden nesting boxes. Open backs hang on two supplied hanging cleats that are screwed into the wall. Simply lift off to remove and power wash.
To use as a rear collection the nest boxes are hung backward on the outside of a wall over a cutout hole allowing the open back to then become the entry for the curtains to hang on. When the rear collection is selected using the drop-down box we supply the hinged doors to cover the once front side and extra roost brackets to mount the roost on the new front side. Selecting rear collection in the drop-down box will show the incremental price difference for these extra parts.
Using them as a rear collection takes up zero space inside the coop and the taller opening created by the slant of the top allows for larger breed birds.
Nesting boxes come with training eggs. These nesting boxes require no nesting material as it will inhibit the eggs from rolling forward. This makes these boxes easy to keep clean and reduces the risk of infestation. If needed, you can use regular amounts of nesting material and then gradually reduce as the chickens become trained.
Roost bars may be lifted up to discourage entry when needed. When mounted as a rear collection the roost bar may be accessed from the outside through the hinged door.
Our USA made rollaway egg nesting boxes use no plastic lids or trays to break as others on the market. They are made of heavy 26 and 16-gauge galvanized metal.
The 26 gauge is used on the main horizontal structure and the 16 gauge is used for some of the ends and cross members for extra support. Others on the market use thinner gauge metals.
Nest boxes are 8” tall x 48” wide at the entrance point for the front collection and 14" tall when used as a rear collection making the rear collection ideal for larger breed birds. Inside compartment measures 14" tall x 48" wide x 11-1/2” deep.
The double-layer nest box measures overall 48” wide 35” tall 17” deep.
The Colony Nest Boxes also ship flat to save on shipping cost and will come completely unassembled like a large erector set. The next boxes assemble using 3/16 and 1/4 bolts. Instructions are the same as the divided boxes so the assembler will need focus on just the pertinent parts (less the dividers) at hand. Click Here for assembly instructions. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most difficult they will rate between 9-10. People who are mechanically inclined who can visualize from the pictures and the limited assembly drawings seem to do well. Those who need a detailed step by step instructions will likely struggle without some help. It will be good to have a second set of hands to hold the longer parts as they are being bolted together. Metal edges may be sharp, and gloves should be worn. You will need a flat head screwdriver, adjustable wrench, or wrenches for the nuts and a hammer to attach the caps on the lid hinge bar.
With old-fashioned Amish made quality comes some non-modern-day conveniences. Nesting boxes are built and ship from a small Amish shop without computers using only old-fashioned UPS Logbooks. We do not receive electronic tracking numbers.
We will give you a general idea of the ship date and then you will just need to let us know if for some reason you don't receive the order within 10 days for us to manually have it tracked. This system has worked very well with hundreds of these nest boxes being shipped.
What is the difference between the Colony and Community Rollaway Nest Boxes? Both are exceptional community open concept nest boxes providing exceptional commercial duty long-term performance. You will need to decide which one best fits your needs and budget.
They are just made by two different Amish companies who have different approaches to building rollaway nest boxes.
The Community Nest Boxes use a laying mat for the eggs to drop and roll on. These mats will also collect a buildup of manure and must be cleaned or changed regularly. Extra mats are available for change out. The Community Nest Boxes have an advantage of a closed-back that can be sat in the middle of a coop or screwed directly to a wall. The collection tray is a bit larger to hold more eggs between collections and it can be mounted front or back for a rear or front collection option.
The Community nest boxes ship flat in a unique way so that they can lift out of the box and have the ends assembled rather quickly. Click Here to see all of our rollaway nest boxes including the Community Nest Boxes.
The Colony Nest Boxes are made by the same Amish shop that makes our 2, 4, and 8 compartments divided rollaway nest boxes that we have sold for over a decade. They use a bit thicker galvanized metal on the important cross members and brackets. Our cost is also a bit less on the Colony so that we can pass that savings on to the customers.
The Colony Nest Boxes have a PVC coated wire mesh floor with a slide-out manure tray underneath so that the manure falls clear of the egg collection. The wire mesh is set on a slope with some curvature to give it a spring soft landing for the eggs to drop and roll on. The Colony Nest Boxes have open backs that slide over removable wall cleats and will need to be hung on a solid surface. The nest boxes can also be mounted back to back sandwiched with a board between to use as a center aisle in larger operations.
The Colony Nest Boxes also ship flat but are completely unassembled like a large erector set and assemble using 3/16 and 1/4 bolts. Instructions are the same as the divided boxes so the assembler will need focus on just the pertinent parts (less the dividers) at hand. Click Here for assembly instructions.