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How to Make a Squirrel Nesting Box
You may be wondering how to make a squirrel nesting box. After all, you’re not the first person who’s tried. The basic concept is similar to birdhouses, but a squirrel house has a deeper, more spacious chamber to house a nest. You’ll also need the right size entrance to make sure the baby squirrels can easily get in and out of it. To make a squirrel house, you’ll need to drill a hole in the top of the planks with a 2-inch hole cutter bit. If you’d like to save money, you can also use 1/2-inch plywood as the floor.
How to Make a Squirrel Nesting Box
After you’ve drilled the holes in the front and back of the front pieces, you can start building the box. To build the front piece, start by cutting a strip of 1-inch-wide wood. Cut this strip into four-inch-long pieces to make it easier for the young squirrel to get into the box. You can also cut sections of 3/4-inch quarter-round trim to use instead of small pieces. Measure one inch down from the top of the front piece. Next, use a 3-inch hole saw bit to create the opening. After you’ve fabricated the front piece, it’s time to build the sides and roof. While the top portion is not deep enough to protect the babies from predators, you’ll need to provide an overhang over the entrance so that a predator can’t reach the baby squirrels inside. The sides and rear of the box should also be covered with 3/4-inch quarter-round trim to keep predators away.
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When you build the base of the squirrel box, you should add a predator guard to protect it from raccoons and other threats. For example, you’ll need to have a protective guard covering the opening to prevent predators from getting inside. After you’ve built the base of the nesting box, you can put it outside in the protected area but don’t place it in an exposed area.
The design of the squirrel box is important. It should be deep enough to protect the young from predators, but shallow enough to keep out predators. You should also make the doorway high enough to allow the squirrels to get in and out easily. This will keep the young safe from raccoons. You can attach the door of the box to a tree and keep it firmly in place.
You can also build the nesting box by yourself. The main thing you need to remember when building the squirrel house is to make the entrance hole large enough for the mother to crawl in and out of. The entry hole should be around 3 inches wide and open to the south. Then you’ll need to add the heating pad to the bottom of the squirrel house. You should make it of sturdy material.
If you don’t want to wait for a squirrel to visit your home, you can build a squirrel nesting box by yourself. A squirrel nesting box should be similar to a mother’s den structure. It should have several vents to allow ventilation. It should be placed in a location where it’s facing south. Eventually, it will produce a litter of babies. During this time, the babies will be able to explore the tree or roof.
You can also build a squirrel condo. This type of nesting box has a small interior platform and a larger nesting box on the bottom. Both of the parts are made from cedar, and it is possible to join the two pieces without nails. You should attach a gallery rail to the porch for the squirrel to move to cooler areas if they get too hot. There are many other options available to build a squirrel condo.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.