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Use a hand held screwdriver to assemble work pieces. This allows the crafts person to feel and better judge appropriate hole sizes and snugness to prevent stripping and splitting wood.

 

You may prefer Side Opening Doors instead of hinged roof doors, especially for the larger nest boxes.

 

Make pilot holes slightly larger in the primary work piece (first piece in which the screw is inserted) such that screws can be turned in easily without leaving room for movement.

Screws should be more snug in secondary work pieces so that screws can be tightened, but not so tight as to split the wood or to strip the hole and loosen the screw.

 

For increased ventilation in warmer climates, floor and side panel corner gaps can be larger than plans specify.

Some woodworkers may prefer to drill strategically located holes for ventilation and leave floor panels whole.

 

Boreal Owl House

Build the boreal owl house with cedar, pine or most any softwood. Use wood stock rough-cut on both sides so birds can grip interior and exterior surfaces.

Make a 7″ by 7″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 16″ floor to ceiling height (inside front).

Cut an entrance hole 2 1/2″ tall by 4 1/2″ wide and 14″ above the floor (to top of hole). Cut or drill ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Secure a hinged roof in closed position with shutter hooks. Or make a fixed roof and Side Opening Doors.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split. It makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Cedar Birdhouse for Boreal Owls
Species Birdhouse Dimensions for Boreal Owls

The back wall panel extends beyond both top and bottom. Drill pilot holes in these panels for mounting. Drill an extra mounting hole inside the box just under the roof. Stagger these holes so that all are not in line along a single wood grain. Holes in line with grain can weaken and cause wood to split.

Select to view or print boreal owl house plans and dimensions.

Mount this nest box 10 feet or higher near woodland edges or clearings. Place a bed of wood chips (not sawdust) in the box.

Installations out of reach and further should be installed and maintained by professionals. Carpenters, electricians, line workers, etc. often have the right equipment and experience.

Remove the nest from the box well after the brood rearing season is past. Store or leave installed and allow the box to winter over clean and dry.

Other owls, woodpeckers and squirrels may use this box.

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Build the boreal owl house with cedar, pine or most any softwood. Use wood stock rough-cut on both sides so birds can grip interior and exterior surfaces.

Make a 7″ by 7″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 16″ floor to ceiling height (inside front).

Cut an entrance hole 2 1/2″ tall by 4 1/2″ wide and 14″ above the floor (to top of hole). Cut or drill ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Secure a hinged roof in closed position with shutter hooks. Or make a fixed roof and Side Opening Doors.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split. It makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Extend the back wall panel beyond both top and bottom. Drill pilot holes in these long panels for mounting. Drill an extra mounting hole inside the box just under the roof. Stagger these holes so that all are not in line along a single wood grain. Holes in line with grain can weaken and cause wood to split.

View and print birdhouse plans.

Mount this nest box 10 feet or higher near woodland edges or clearings. Place a bed of wood chips (not sawdust) in the box.

Installations out of reach and further should be installed and maintained by professionals. Carpenters, electricians, line workers, etc. often have the right equipment and experience.

Remove the nest from the box well after the brood rearing season is past. Store or leave installed and allow the box to winter over clean and dry.

Other owls, woodpeckers and squirrels may use this box.

Visit the boreal owl species page.

Boreal Owl

Boreal Owl House

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Build the boreal owl house with cedar, pine or most any softwood. Use wood stock rough-cut on both sides so birds can grip interior and exterior surfaces.

Make a 7″ by 7″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 16″ floor to ceiling height (inside front).

Cut an entrance hole 2 1/2″ tall by 4 1/2″ wide and 14″ above the floor (to top of hole). Cut or drill ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Secure a hinged roof in closed position with shutter hooks. Or make a fixed roof and Side Opening Doors.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split. It makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Extend the back wall panel beyond both top and bottom. Drill pilot holes in these long panels for mounting. Drill an extra mounting hole inside the box just under the roof. Stagger these holes so that all are not in line along a single wood grain. Holes in line with grain can weaken and cause wood to split.

View and print birdhouse plans

For kestrels and screech owls mount in a tree at the edge of a wooded area or on a post in an open area in a rural or city yard between twelve and twenty feet high. Place some wood chips (not sawdust) on the floor. See each bird species page.

This installation is at a significant height. Installations out of reach and further should be installed and maintained by professionals with the right equipment and experience: carpenters, electricians, line workers, etc.

For Barrow’s goldeneyes, attach boxes to metal (preferable) or wood posts, with 3′ wide cone predator guards, 4′ above water (seems to be preferred by ducks), 6′ if above ground, higher if it is likely to attract the curious.

If above ground, locate near ponds and where vegetation provides cover for ducklings to travel to water. Place 3″ to 4″ of wood chips (not saw dust) in the boxes. Remove everything from the box and clean well after the brood rearing season is past.

Do not mount duck boxes in trees. Nor under or too close to trees where squirrels can leap on to boxes. Predation from snakes, raccoons and a number of other mammals and birds is so pervasive that proper placement and predator guards are essential.

Visit the Boreal Owl Species Page.

Boreal Owl

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