Introduction: Nesting Box for Rabbits or Chickens

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If you were to purchase nesting boxes online, you will spend approximately $20 for each galvanized nesting box.

If you make them yourself, you will spend an hour and about $7 for the supplies. You can get four nesting boxes from each 10' piece (sold at Home Depot for $22).


  • W-valley flashing (for the body of the box)
  • pegboard (for bottom of the box)
  • sharpie (for tracing)
  • old nesting box or plans from the internet (to duplicate the nesting box)
  • tin snips (to cut the metal)
  • gloves (to keep from cutting yourself on the metal)
  • duct tape (for the cut edges)
  • thin rope (to keep the edges from being sharp, optional)
  • nail and pliers or dremel tool with 1/8" drill bit (to make holes for stitching the bottom and side)
  • thin-gauge wire (for stitching the bottom and side shut)
  • wire cutter (for cutting the wire, optional because your tin snips could likely do that)

Step 1: Purchase W-Valley Galvanized Flashing

Step 2: Either Use an Old Nesting Box or Plans From the Internet to Trace Your Pattern

Step 3: Use a Pair of Tin Snips to Cut Out Your Pattern

Be sure to use gloves when cutting metal to avoid injury.

Step 4: Fold the Nest Box and Clip the Join Together.

Step 5: Admire Your Handiwork So Far

Step 6: Gather a Roll of Duct Tape and Leather Lacing

The leather lacing is an optional step. Use the duct tape to cover the sharp edges of the galvanized steel. Lay the leather lacing on the tape and fold over.

Step 7: Drill Holes

1. Drill holes in the folded flap of the nest box to reinforce the box.

2. Drill holes around the bottom perimeter so you can add the peg board.

Step 8: Cut the Pegboard to the Size of the Box

Using lightweight wire, cut a 3' section and start lacing the join in the box and the pegboard to the bottom of the box.

Step 9: Start Stitching With Wire

Using lightweight wire, cut a 3' length. With your fingers (or a pair of pilers), start by lacing the flap that joins the box. Lace the pegboard to the bottom of the box. Attach more wire as needed.

Step 10: Put the Nesting Box in Your Cage or Coop

Your rabbit or chicken(s) will admire your handiwork as should you. :)