Improve Your Flock with Trapnests

Use this traditional method to help you select the best hens for your breeding program.

The basic swinging-door trapnest design (left) makes it difficult for hens to settle in without first triggering the door at the "Contact" point. The author's improvements (right) include a vestibule to draw in the hen, and a hinged door for reduced swing radius.
Illustration by Matthew T. Stallbaumer.