Category: Hobby Farm & Ranch

Budget Friendly Rollaway Chicken Nesting Boxes

USA Amish made heavy duty galvanized metal rollaway chicken nesting boxes utilize clean drop manure tray collection instead of using messy laying mats. Single and double stack models available.

Colony Rollaway Chicken Nesting Boxes Feature:

  • Lower Prices
  • Open community concept boxes to accommodate more hens.
  • 48” Signal and Double Layer Models.
  • Front and Rear Egg Collection Systems.
  • Thicker Gauge Galvanized Metal Parts.
  • Roll forward Protective Egg Collection Trays.
  • Slide out easy clean manure trays, no messy laying mats.
  • Made in America Product Using No Plastic Trays or Parts.
  • Easy Lift Off for Power Washing.


Colony Rollaway Chicken Nesting Boxes are patterned from the open community concept laying cages used in commercial egg production facilities.

Without having individual divided nest boxes, it was discovered that the boxes handled nearly double the amount of laying hens over a traditional divided nest box.

This provides fewer nest boxes needed and valuable square footage to maintain.  Curtains are used to mimic the look of individual nest boxes, plus they help darken the inside of the box to make the chickens feel comfortable in using them.

Community Rollaway Nesting Boxes were first introduced online by Cottage Craft  Since then they became so popular other dealers have branded them as if they were the manufacturer.

The fact is they are made by an Amish company one of only two Amish companies making these heavy galvanized rollaway nest boxes.  Both companies build great performing nest boxes with their own approach to the design and functionality.

The Amish build things to last and feel comfortable to sell them to other Amish communities so these nesting boxes are built extremely well to last for a very long time.

You won’t find plastic trays, end caps, or rails that will eventually become brittle and break like used in some other chicken nesting boxes on the market.

Metal nesting boxes offer superior performance over wooden boxes and if compared to the material cost of the wood and hardware to duplicated them in wood.

The metal construction also provides easy cleaning and disinfection in cases of infestations which just can’t be accomplished with built-in raw wooden boxes.

Maintenance and upkeep of nesting boxes and coops are a very important consideration in investing in the metal nest boxes. Between the Community and Colony Rollaway nest boxes, one important factor should be considered and that is the mundane task of manure clean out.

The Community Rollaway Nest Boxes are built on the concept of using a laying mat inside the box for both the egg and manure to drop on.  Obviously not cleaning the manure out frequent enough will inhibit the rolling of the eggs into the protected compartment not to mention the clean eggs are being subjected to rolling in the manure. Buyers can purchase extra laying mats to switch out while one set is being cleaned.  In time they will need to be replaced.

In a different approach, the Colony Rollaway Nest Boxes use a PVC coated wire mesh floor for the eggs to drop on and roll forward while the manure droppings fall through and collect on a pull-out tray located just under the egg collection box.  The wire mesh is inserted at a slight slope and curvature so that it cushions the eggs and forces them to roll into the protected box.

Manure cleanup is much quicker and easier on the Colony Nest boxes without having to disturb the laying hens or ever reaching inside the nest box.  There’s also no mats to wash out and replace.

Colony nest boxes are available either as a front or rear collection options in 24″, 48″ and a double stack 48″.  The double stack or double layer as it’s called is really the best buy as you would normally have to purchase two of the 48″ Colony or Community boxes for that type of capacity.

Both the Community and Colony Nest Boxes offer a rear egg collection option and are available at


Hand Push Wheeled Garden-Yard-Farm sprayers

Well-built commercial grade 12-Volt wheeled sprayers provide easy rolling garden-yard-farm sprayer for small and large areas where tractors won’t work.

Sprayers are built like a pull behind except they have large tires and a handle to push over rough terrain allowing them to carry 10-16-gallon sprayer tank sizes.


Lightweight but strong welded aluminum tubing provides a solid frame for years of commercial and domestic uses.

Onboard battery tray and alligator clips allow deep-cycle 12-volt marine battery with a poly battery box to be used.

Fold out front boom allows wide swathes to be sprayed at one time.  A 10-gal sprayer will do a 42” wide row while a 16-gallon sprayer will do up to 8’ wide in a single pass.

Wand attachment allows spraying up to 10’ tall from a standing position.

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Sprayers are being used for other non-chemical use for watering plants, applying nonflammable floor cleaners, as spot sprayers for fire safety around burning brush and open flame outdoor events.

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Cottage Craft Works is a full line general store full of unique hard to find Amish products for the home, farm, and garden

Equine Ranch | Oat Crimpers | Manure Spreaders | Tack

When it comes to horses, the Amish make and use the highest quality tack, equine oat rollers, crimpers, manure spreaders and Ferrier supplies.

Let’s just say this unique online store specializes in Amish-made equine products to cover from the head to tail and everything equine related in-between.

Cottage Craft has been providing high-quality Amish made equine products and equipment for over a decade.

Most can quickly find Amish made furniture and quilts online but when it comes to equine equipment most just click and review the popup ads or first well-published links and never really consider or know Amish manufactured high-quality equine products even exists for the non-Amish ranchers.

Compact Manure Spreaders

The Amish E-Z manure spreader is made of the highest quality and heaviest material of any manure spreader on the market.  Just compare the overall weights and you will realize just how heavy duty the Amish are making the E-Z manure spreaders.  Heavier duty web chains, gears, sprockets and thicker metals make the E-Z manure spreaders a longer-term investment at near the same cost of the cheaper made spreaders.

Available online in 25 and 30-bushel compact manure spreader models, Cottage Craft Works can also provide the larger 75-bushel models in either two and four wheel styles.

All E-Z spreaders are ground driven and available in air tire or old-fashioned steel wheeled. E-Z spreaders can be equipped for equine use.  The E-Z spreaders are in use coast to coast in the US and have even shipped down to Australia.

Oat Crimpers

Cottage Craft Works is one of only a couple sources providing oat crimpers, also known as oat rollers, for stable side oat crimping which provides the most nutritional benefits when they are crimped fresh.  The larger CCW #3 crimper can crimp 50 lbs. of oats in just about on minute and will also crack corn and other hard grains like barley for other livestock.

Crimped oats also take less to feed in a day than non-crimped oats making these really a great investment with a short return on investment over buying crimped oats from a feed store.

Just like the Amish made manure spreaders the Amish made oat crimpers as also built well to last over the long haul using heavy duty harden rollers and machine hardware.  Most commonly ordered with an electric motor the oat crimpers can be equipped with a Honda gas engine.

Harness and Harness Pads

From show horses to draft horses Cottage Craft Works has you covered with high-quality Amish made harnesses using BioThane®. Developed in 1977 this tough material provides flexible high-performance harnesses in all types of weather and temperatures where traditional leather harnesses can become a problem.

Amish made horse pads protect the horse at critical rub points where direct horse harness contact can quickly create sores.  Horse harness and collar pads are available in a variety of styles, sizes, and finishes.

These pads are made for hard working show and draft horses.

Farrier Horseshoeing Tools

Cottage Craft Works offers a full line of farrier tools that are both durable but also economical for the large scale and hobby equine ranchers.

These horseshoeing tools were developed and are being imported by a third-generation Amish owned shop with the highest longstanding integrity of providing only quality Ferrier tools to other Amish people.  The concept of selling them to non-Amish as another source was never considered a revenue stream.  This takes away the corporate concepts of making things as cheaply as possible just to market products to the masses for the highest profit margin.

The Amish depend on their horses and farrier tools as their main mode of transportation and means to plant and harvest their crops. They just don’t have time to tolerate inferior tools or equipment.

Cottage Craft is a full line old fashioned general store located all online for your shopping experience.  It’s like taking a trip back in time where American made quality products and ingenuity were the backbones of the USA.

From A-Z you will find old-fashioned vintage products still being made and used just like they were at the turn of the Century.


Manure Spreader

EZ- Compact Manure Spreaders



Compact Manure Spreaders | Horse Equipment | Heavy Duty

Manure Spreader

Get nearly twice the quality in a compact manure spreader for your money. E-Z Amish USA made compact manure spreaders are built using heavier materials.

E-Z spreaders use thicker metal sides, oversized gears, sprockets, heavier drive chains, and direct drive linkages on all their spreaders. EZ-spreaders weigh almost twice the weight over the competition yet are small and compact to pull with a compact tractor or ATV making them perfect for the small to large size equestrian horse and cattle ranch.

How and why do they do it in a time when companies are scrambling to cut cost?  E-Z spreaders are simply Amish made by people still living the simple life who still build things to last.

The Amish are not driven by corporate shareholder interest, don’t believe in flashy marketing budgets, and therefore just don’t need to add all that extra cost into the product.  They also don’t employ an army of staff. The EZ-Spreaders are built in a small Amish shop in Ohio where the shop owner still does much of the welding and assembly to ensure a quality product.

While others have cheapened down the quality for their drive control linkages to engage the roller chain and auger, some even going to a cable drive, E-Z spreaders still use heavy duty ratchet handles and direct connect linkages just like were used on the original patterns from the old New Idea spreaders being used at the turn of the Century.

Just compare the materials used in the E-Z spreaders.  In the thickness of the metal, 11-gauge steel compared to 13 or even 14 gauge on the competitors.  A thicker 1 3/8” axle over a 1 ¼” on the competitors and a #50 T-Rod Web roller chain while others use just a standard #50 and even a #40 roller chain.

E-Z spreaders are available in a 25, 30, 55 and 75-bushel spreader. Because the Amish still use horses for their farming E-Z spreaders can also be ordered with steel wheels and hitch hardware.

Spreaders may be equipped with a fines pan for use with sawdust and wood chip manure beddings that will not work with a traditional manure spreader made to spread straw based manure.

Spreaders are ground driven in two and four wheel models.  Poly lumber is used on the floor while steel or poly sides are available on the larger models.

E-Z spreaders are designed to make them easy to maintain. The Amish still build things to use themselves or to sell to another Amish.  They go to extra efforts to make things for easy use and maintenance such as adding tube linked grease zerks and brackets into easy to reach areas eliminating the need to crawl up and under the spreader to reach critical lubrication areas.

Because they are not on every Ad post during searches for compact manure spreaders E-Z spreaders just maybe the best kept secret and are not as well publicized as the competition.

Cottage Craft is your online source for the 25 and 30-bushel manure spreaders. Designed for the small hobby farms and ranches, these compact manure spreaders are easy to maneuver into and out of small stables and corrals.  Measuring only 3’ tall they are sized to be easily filled by hand shoveling or small compact tractor loaders.

Cottage Craft is a unique online general store featuring many hard to find old-fashioned quality Amish made products, goods, and wares for the home, farm, and ranch.

Cottage Craft Works carries Amish made harnesses and bridles as well as pads and tack for show and draft horses.

If you’re interested in the compact manure spreaders you might also like to know that Cottage Craft Works carries heavy duty Amish made oat crimper rollers.

The larger CCW #3 oat crimper will crimp 50 lbs. of oats in just about a minute and even crack corn, barley and other hard grains for other livestock feeds.

Crimped oats have reportedly provided better nutrition and equine digestion over non-crimped oats.

Crimping the oat kernel slightly breaks open the hard outer shell exposing the inside for easier absorption and digestion.

Freshly crimping the oats at the stable side just before feeding provides the highest level of nutrition rather than feed previously crimped oats from a feed store.

The return on investment for a crimper is also rather substantial as it takes less crimped oats to feed per day as it does for non-crimped oats.


E-Z Compact Manure Spreader


CCW 3# Oat Crimper

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