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Hinges are suggested for easy access. Other methods for attaching roofs are just as good. However, most nest boxes are mounted out of reach for most people.

Birdhouse mounting, monitoring and maintenance on ladders are awkward chores that require “three hands”. Convenience increases safety when working at heights.

 

You shouldn’t have to pay for any wood if you keep your eyes peeled. Watch for wood scrap piles at fence and home construction sites. These are good sources for the small sizes usually needed for bird houses.

 

Wear Eye Protection!

Eye injuries are the most common serious injury and the most easily prevented.

 

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces (first piece the screw is inserted into). Drill regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces.

 

Common Goldeneye Nest Box

Build this common goldeneye nest box with cedar, pine or most any softwood. Use wood stock rough-cut on both sides so birds can grip surfaces.

Make a 12″ by 12″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 22″ floor to ceiling height (inside front). Cut an rectangular entrance hole 5″ wide by 4″ located 19″ above the floor (to top of hole). Drill or cut ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces. Drill 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.

Side Opening Doors may be better than hinged roof doors for duck houses and possibly more convenient and safer for other birdhouses as well.

 

Common goldeneye birdhouse made with cedar.
Common goldeneye nest box with species dimensions.

If full width wood stock is not available, use two 1″x 6″, or 1″x 8″ boards. They usually vary from 5 1/4″ to 5 1/2″ wide and 7 1/4″ to 7 1/2″ wide. Cut them to width and secure well. Reinforce with chamfer strips (inside) or batten strips (inside or outside) fastened perpendicular to vertical panels.

Plywood consists of glued, thin laminated panels. They are strong but prone to deterioration from moisture even when surfaces and edges are sealed with paint.

 

Print of just view common goldeneye nest box plans.

Extend the back wall panel beyond both top and bottom. Drill pilot holes in these long panels for mounting. Drill another 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.

Some attach wire mesh on the inside front panel to help ducklings climb out of the box. If you do this, bend the sharp needle ends over and fold behind. It may be better to use plastic poultry or snow fencing, or similar material.

Fasten duck boxes firmly to metal (preferable) or to wood posts. Mount 4′ above water, 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. Always protect with 3′ wide cone predator guards around the post, under the box. 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. Not on, 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 a horrible thing. You can prevent this.

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Common Goldeneye Nest Box

Build this common goldeneye nest box with cedar, pine or most any softwood. Use wood stock rough-cut on both sides so birds can grip surfaces.

Make a 12″ by 12″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 22″ floor to ceiling height (inside front). Cut an rectangular entrance hole 5″ wide by 4″ located 19″ above the floor (to top of hole). Drill or cut ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces. Drill 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.

Side Opening Doors may be better than hinged roof doors for duck houses and possibly more convenient and safer for other birdhouses as well.

If full width wood stock is not available, use two 1″x 6″, or 1″x 8″ boards. They usually vary from 5 1/4″ to 5 1/2″ wide and 7 1/4″ to 7 1/2″ wide. Cut them to width and secure well. Reinforce with chamfer strips (inside) or batten strips (inside or outside) fastened perpendicular to vertical panels.

Plywood consists of glued, thin laminated panels. They are strong but prone to deterioration from moisture even when surfaces and edges are sealed with paint.

View and print nest box plans and dimensions

Extend the back wall panel beyond both top and bottom. Drill pilot holes in these long panels for mounting. Drill another 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.

Some attach wire mesh on the inside front panel to help ducklings climb out of the box. If you do this, bend the sharp needle ends over and fold behind. It may be better to use plastic poultry or snow fencing, or similar material.

Fasten duck boxes firmly to metal (preferable) or to wood posts. Mount 4′ above water, 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. Always protect with 3′ wide cone predator guards around the post, under the box. 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. Not on, 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 a horrible thing. You can prevent this.

Visit the common goldeneye species page.

Common Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye Nest Box

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Build this common goldeneye nest box with cedar, pine or most any softwood. Use wood stock rough-cut on both sides so birds can grip surfaces.

Make a 12″ by 12″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 22″ floor to ceiling height (inside front). Cut an rectangular entrance hole 5″ wide by 4″ located 19″ above the floor (to top of hole). Drill or cut ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces. Drill 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.

Side Opening Doors may be better than hinged roof doors for duck houses and possibly more convenient and safer for other birdhouses as well.

If full width wood stock is not available, use two 1″x 6″, or 1″x 8″ boards. They usually vary from 5 1/4″ to 5 1/2″ wide and 7 1/4″ to 7 1/2″ wide. Cut them to width and secure well. Reinforce with chamfer strips (inside) or batten strips (inside or outside) fastened perpendicular to vertical panels.

Plywood consists of glued, thin laminated panels. They are strong but prone to deterioration from moisture even when surfaces and edges are sealed with paint.

View and print nest box plans and dimensions

Extend the back wall panel beyond both top and bottom. Drill pilot holes in these long panels for mounting. Drill another 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.

Some attach wire mesh on the inside front panel to help ducklings climb out of the box. If you do this, bend the sharp needle ends over and fold behind. It may be better to use plastic poultry or snow fencing, or similar material.

Fasten duck boxes firmly to metal (preferable) or to wood posts. Mount 4′ above water, 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. Always protect with 3′ wide cone predator guards around the post, under the box. 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. Not on, 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 a horrible thing. You can prevent this.

Visit the common goldeneye species page.

Common Goldeneye

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