That was fantastic for the the chookies and they nested and laid in it for many years. When our flock increased, we built a tempory house out of mulch bales for them and all was well - the chookies roosted in the bale house and laid in the dogs kennel.
Then when the flock increased again - the new smaller chookies were cast out of the bale house in true pecking order style and so after a few nights up on the fence were persuaded to roost in the laying house.
For some reason, the big chookies stopped laying in there and we had to start hunting for the eggs all over the pen. They managed to make a hole in one of the bale house walls and started laying in there. We had to lift the roof off the bale house each time in order to get the eggs and it all started to look like it might fall apart!
So a solution was needed; Here's what I did...
I went to our local recycling dump shop and bought three mower catchers for $10 They are normally $5 each so it was a bargain and as she sold them to me me, the woman commented that lots of people buy them for chicken nesting boxes - which of course is egg-sactly what I wanted them for!
I brought them home and set them up in their normal nesting spot (after buying a new bale and blocking their hole up). I also had to prop them up so they didn't rock or move. The first chookie that examined it got a fright when it moved and hasn't gone back up.
I think a couple of my chookies still aren't laying in here as egg production has dropped slightly. I have put one on the ground as they are all laying in the same box that the chief chook chose and the second one remained unused. I put the second one down on the side of the bale house where I have found a few eggs and hope tomorrow they start laying in it.
Green-ness: 5/5 for reusing/upcyling an item from the dump (and supporting a recycling initiative!)
Frugal-ness: 4/5 Cant buy a nesting box for much less
Time cost: The travel to the dump and the time it takes to battle with your husband about only buying what we came for - nesting boxes - I did however relent on the rocking chair if he paid for it!
Skill level: Just chocking them up so they don't rock!
Fun -ness: Great fun when they use it for the first time!