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Metal Nest box

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Shea » Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:47 am


I'm looking for recomendations for a metal nesting box standard size. I have been using homemade wooden or permanent attached boxes, but this one doe will NOT stop chewing/destroying them. So she needs a metal one at least till I replace her. Any preferences?

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Re: Metal Nest box

Post Number:#2  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:56 pm


I like the ones with the perforated bottoms...
however, they are harder to clean...
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Re: Metal Nest box

Post Number:#3  Unread postby hotzcatz » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:31 am


You could put a layer of tin cans over the edges of the wooden boxes. Tin snips to make a tin can into strips, (bend the edges over so they aren't sharp). Fold them over the edges of the wooden nest box and then nail or staple them on. Plus give the doe chunks of a hardwood/fruit tree to chew on so she'd got something other than her hutch furnishings to munch.
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Re: Metal Nest box

Post Number:#4  Unread postby cam » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:15 am


Why not make a wire nest box. They work pretty well for me as long as I clip them to the cage so she doesn't tip it over, since it's so light.

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Re: Metal Nest box

Post Number:#5  Unread postby mbennett72 » Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:03 pm


I have NZL’s and my nest box is 10”x10”x10”. So far it has been worked well for the 6-kit litter. I have metal hanging cages and attached the hanging wire nestbox below a hole I made in the floor of an unused cage. The setup is three adjoining bays with dividers. When not pregnant, the mamma has the left bay, the buck has the far right bay, and the middle bay is empty. The week before kindling, I removed the wire divider between the dow and the empty bay. Although the nest box is all wire, we cut a piece
Of 1/4” plywood for the bottom. It seems to be working well, although this is our first time having a litter and using this system.

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Re: Metal Nest box

Post Number:#6  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:21 am


It worked better for me, when i used a larger size box for my NZ does,
and the NZ /Cali crosses. If you have really good mothers, and the weather is't too warm,
they will still do a good job in that size nest box .

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Re: Metal Nest box

Post Number:#7  Unread postby mbennett72 » Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:19 am


michaels4gardens wrote:It worked better for me, when i used a larger size box for my NZ does,
and the NZ /Cali crosses. If you have really good mothers, and the weather is't too warm,
they will still do a good job in that size nest box .

https://www.bassequipment.com/SCResult/ ... Boxes-3341


What size did you use. Large or Extra Large?

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Re: Metal Nest box

Post Number:#8  Unread postby hotzcatz » Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:51 am


mbennett72 wrote:I have NZL’s and my nest box is 10”x10”x10”. So far it has been worked well for the 6-kit litter. I have metal hanging cages and attached the hanging wire nestbox below a hole I made in the floor of an unused cage. The setup is three adjoining bays with dividers. When not pregnant, the mamma has the left bay, the buck has the far right bay, and the middle bay is empty. The week before kindling, I removed the wire divider between the dow and the empty bay. Although the nest box is all wire, we cut a piece
Of 1/4” plywood for the bottom. It seems to be working well, although this is our first time having a litter and using this system.

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Lovely setup! And the babies can fall back in if they get out of the nest somehow.
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Re: Metal Nest box

Post Number:#9  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:47 am


mbennett72 wrote:
michaels4gardens wrote:It worked better for me, when i used a larger size box for my NZ does,
and the NZ /Cali crosses. If you have really good mothers, and the weather is't too warm,
they will still do a good job in that size nest box .

https://www.bassequipment.com/SCResult/ ... Boxes-3341


What size did you use. Large or Extra Large?


Large for NZ
XL for flemish
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