Just thought I'd share with you this little project my husband tackled last Friday.
Until now, our chickens have been nesting on the ground, and things were fine; but recently, a broody hen nesting in a lemongrass clump lost her clutch of eggs, presumably to a snake. This prompted my husband to construct this very simple chicken loft, near the roof of the goat house (where our chickens prefer to spend most of their time nowadays).
It's just a wooden crate that was given to us by a friend (who knew we'll find some use for it :o)), secured with the help of some nails and a salvaged metal frame acting as a shelf. A wooden frame leading to the crate is propped up to act as a chicken ladder, and a nesting box is placed inside.
The hen who suffered the loss of her eggs seems to like this new place much more, and obliged us by laying there yesterday. I'm hopeful that she will have time to go broody again and hatch more chicks by the end of summer.