Rollaway nests have proved to be a hit in Australia. It is interesting to see how many sheds for small home flocks of just a few layers or a few bantams have a tray sitting on the perches for a nest. This encourages the birds to sleep in the nest at night. The birds excrete 40% of their manure at night and this ends up in the nest. The result: dirty eggs. However though the rollaway nests from SKA have cured this problem for larger flocks, the tiny home flock of 3 or 4 birds have not had a satisfactory nest. These new nests are ideal for those who require a single nest and want the rollout facility. Made of thick quality plastic, they are easy to clean, easy to mount, and ideal for the mini flock. When mounting nests it is essential that the nests be lower in height than the perches so the birds will be reluctant to sleep in the nests. The nests be left closed when the birds are young, before they come in to lay, so the birds will learn to perch at night. If the nest is to be placed near the perches, it is a good idea to make an antiperch plate so the birds will not perch on top of the nests at night. Available in brown colour rollaway nest including rollaway tray and cover.
Dimensions: 300 mm wide x 400mm overall height x 550mm, overall deep with the perch down. Bird compartment is 300mm x 300mm x 300mm
Always mount the nest below the height of the perches (or make sure you lock the nest box EVERY night) Always close the nest when you have young birds before the commencement of lay. Train the birds to perch so they will not sleep in the nest. If the birds might perch on top of the nest, tack a piece of metal or wood above the nest so they cannot perch on the nest (see sketch)
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As seen on Better Homes and Gardens with Dr Harry (external website)