Homesteading Projects

Quick nesting boxes for geese and ducks from scrap

This weekend we had to make some quick nesting boxes for geese and ducks. GEESE? DUCKS? How did this happen? Well, my beloved husband has become a collector of farm birds. Seriously, he has a problem.

Last year when we moved in, we thought chickens would be fun and we wanted “real” eggs. So we got some at the local Southern States and built a chicken coop. Then he had a friend volunteer to hatch some ducks for him.. Brian fell in love with the ducks, and the madness began- it is truly adorable and baffling all at the same time. Ducks ARE cute, I’ll give him that… but they’re also really gross- and they ADORE wet and messy. Brooding them inside is a test of my love for him. This house is messy enough without the added dust and work of baby chicks and ducklings…. but the kids love them so much and really… look at these faces:Saved by Scottie nesting boxes cute faces

I love the “side eye” you get from the ducks… they don’t really trust us.

Well with Brian’s new “collecting of things feathered”, we needed some places for ducks and geese to nest. Chickens nest in boxes up high and roost at night. Ducks and geese nest on the ground their feet are made for paddling, not balancing. So off to the scrap pile we went to figure out a simple shelter for them to lay some eggs.

I grabbed some scrap plywood

Saved by Scottie nesting boxes scrap wood

and we cut it in half with the table saw. We laid out the boards and I figured out 30º was about the right angle for the “tent” look. so I grabbed a 2×4, set my table saw blade bezel to 30 and cut both sides. You end up with something resembling this:

Saved by Scottie nesting boxes dry fitting top

Once we screwed it together, I measured the opening in the bottom front and another 2×4 scrap at a 30º angle on both ends to brace the front and keep it stable.

Saved by Scottie nesting boxes with brace

then I did the same thing for the back side:

Saved by Scottie nesting boxes front view

We wanted to keep the chickens from roosting on the tops as well as offer a little longevity to these boxes. Initially the plan was to use leftover shingles the construction guys left after the porch build…. However, if you leave an entire package of shingles out in the sun all summer it tends to melt the adhesive and make them stick to each other… and unusable.

On to Plan B… we grabbed some heavy-duty plastic we had and stapled that on. Then added scrap corrugated metal left over from the wood stove heat shield and wrapped it around the top. They aren’t necessarily pretty, but they do the job.

Saved by Scottie nesting boxes complete

I wrapped duct tape around the sharp edges because ouch and chickens don’t care about looks.

Then we placed them in the coop.

Saved by Scottie nesting boxes in place

and there you have it… Quick and dirty nesting boxes. They’re not the cutest, but the ducks love them. The best part? They cost nothing because we made them entirely from leftover materials we had here. We might need to make them a little taller for the Geese…but that’s a project for another day.



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    Jeff @ Best Garage Gear
    May 18, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    My daughter would be so happy if I showed up with goslings and ducklings for our yard!

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      May 28, 2017 at 6:42 PM

      Jeff, we have SO many now… FOURTEEN Geese!! 20 ducks, 2 guineas, and 35 (ish) chickens… a LOT of bird “things”…..

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    Dana Pound
    April 1, 2020 at 10:19 PM

    I have 8 ducks and 2 geese. My female goose is attacking her mate. It just started. When I let them out of the coop he qas a beat up bloody mess. Any ideas? I can’t find anything online and the breeder has never seen it.

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      April 3, 2020 at 6:47 PM

      Hi Dana! She is obviously upset about something. Is it only the male or does she attack everyone? Geese can sometimes take out their frustrations on everyone when they are worked up over something upsetting their normal environment. Is she broody or do you think she might be? That can impact attitude tremendously. I’m happy to try to figure it out if you want to spitball some ideas…

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    April 23, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Hi! These look great! Do you have an estimate of how big the plywood pieces are? Thanks!

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      April 27, 2020 at 11:14 AM

      Hi Michelle! I answered you and somehow it didn’t post- My apologies. The plywood pieces are about 2 feet high and 3 feet wide. If you want to use them with large geese, I would make probably them a bit taller. Our ducks love them and use them as a way to get away from the geese when they’re on a tangent to chase them down.

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    Katherine Warlund
    July 16, 2023 at 7:22 PM

    Thanks, I’ve been looking for anyone who didn’t buy and use a metal cap for their coop roof or who put metal roofing on “sideways,” with the bumps horizontal instead of vertical.

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    August 25, 2023 at 2:25 PM

    Those houses seem like something I could actually build myself thanks for sharing them. I wouldn’t think a door would be hard to add on an end I had something kill and eat one of my ducks recently so I’ve been putting him in the chicken house and bringing the chicken inside. She is too comfortable inside…… the duck is male and he is either trying to kill her or mate her either way she won’t survive they have made her bleed already so they have to stay separated. She did have a duck that was her best friend but sadly she passed away. I’m off to home depot. I’ll need to put an air vent on the though but thanks again for sharing

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      October 10, 2023 at 1:21 PM

      So glad you like them! It was (and is) and easy build. Maybe you could even put a timed auto-shut door on it if you can get them to go in on any kind of schedule that is… Good Luck!

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