Owl box

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Project by JAcker posted 01-29-2012 03:13 AM 1651 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was my first project after acquiring my tools (from Craigslist). I found the plans on-line at the Audobon society and modified them slightly after reading a bit more. This box is sized for screech owls (although the same size box is appropriate for kestrels as well. The box is made from cedar

Pretty much all the work was done on the bandsaw (I had not yet re-assembled the table saw). I did cut the hole with a hole saw on the drill press. This also was the first time with the planer.

No guests have moved in yet.

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 03:17 AM

Looks like you’re up and running. It’s amazing what you can do with just a bandsaw; I had mine for years before I bought a TS.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 03:48 AM

Do owls nest that close to a deck ? LOL Good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 05:23 PM

Cool project and well done… I’m interested in seeing how it pans out for you (if you get any residents in it). We have some owls around my home and wouldn’t mind learning more about it. Think it could not only be cool to have an owl living in my back yard, but I could see it helping my garden by scaring off certain visitors (rabbits).

Thanks for sharing and the idea!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 12:00 AM

Nice box. Hope you can keep the squirrels out of it. It is great fun to see the birds come and go.

One possible problem might be water getting in at the hinge side of the roof when it rains. Likewise on the sides of the roof need a little more over hang that would keep things dryer inside. You don’t show the sides so you may have air vents but you should also have a small gap between the sides and the roof or vent holes near the top for ventilation.

I have built a lot of bird boxes from large wood duck nests to little wren boxes and the birds do not like a wet nest box. Wet nesting material saps heat from the hatchlings and can harbor diseases and parasites. Some birds like Wood Ducks need nesting materials installed; they don’t collect their own. The screech owls that have used my duck boxes don’t seem to add any nesting materials either; other than feathers they pull from their body. I use pine shavings. Cedar shavings are not recommended because they have been reported to be toxic to some young birds.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 07:19 PM

Screech owls apparently only need 10-15ft clearance from human occupied buildings – they will sometimes attack for a few days when the young first hatch.

The inside is filled with oak chips from a new project. Unfortunately, this has been sitting on my deck waiting for me to get it into an appropriate tree. The good news is that it is sitting under a leaking gutter and the oak chips are staying dry.

I will post pics if something makes it a home.

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#6 posted 04-22-2012 04:06 PM

Great job, i need to make one, what are the dimensions?

-- 1 John 3:16

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