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If you want to keep chickens you should know ahead that this will require a lot of patience and time before you will see them laying eggs. The good news is that when it comes to the majority of chickens, they are not really picky about nesting sites and this means you don't have to spend too much money for buying overpriced nesting boxes. What you can do is actually design your own chicken coop nesting boxes at home and with some research on this you will definitely be able to build some nesting boxes to serve your purpose perfectly. Here is what you have to do:

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

1. Before you begin you have to decide on the type and number of laying hens you'd like to keep. You can easily choose from plenty of species. The variables in temperament and size of these chickens may impact the nest box designs you want to create. As a tip, for every 2 to 4 hens you should use a separate box.

2. When creating a nesting box you should ensure that it has the right size for your chickens. If you have average chickens, then the boxes should have at least twelve inches square, but you can also design them to be large enough so that the hens will be able to turn and stand comfortably.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

3. The boxes should be designed in such a way that it will be possible for you to access the nest when you want to remove the eggs, check the hens or clean the nest. Boxes have to be secured in such a manner within the coop that you will be able to see the chicken without disturbing them, also the openings have to be big enough so that you will have no problems reaching for the eggs. This way, when chickens are injured or ill you can easily spot any problems and take timely actions.

4. You have to be careful with the materials and its best you go with types that can be easily cleaned and will ideally not allow parasites or bacteria to easily colonize. Even though most of the time people use wood, it's not such a great idea. This is because it allows for mites to dwell, but it's also hard to keep clean. But using plastic boxes or crates you will find they are much easier to wipe clean and sanitize. To make them even more functional you can just use a coat of non toxic paint or some wood sealer.

5. When building the nests you should think about using reclaimed items like 5 gallon plastic buckets, storage totes and plastic milk crates, laid on their sides after being cut in half. If you want you can also consider using old pet carriers which can easily be converted into nest boxes and are generally available at garage sales and thrift shops.

6. Lastly, the chicken coop nesting boxes should be placed off the ground, but don't consider putting them higher than the nighttime roosting location of your hens. This will allow the hens to feel safe about using the boxes you've designed and keep them from wanting to spend the night in the nests.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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