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Back to How To....    |   How to Build a Squirrel Nesting Box

Many gardeners have bird feeders in their yards.  These inevitably attract squirrels as well as birds.  Some people consider squirrels pests, but others enjoy their antics.  If you wish to attract more squirrels, or retain the ones you have, building a squirrel nesting box is one way to do it.  Here is how to build one.  You will need a 1” X 2” X 8feet plank, preferably in pine or cedar.  You will also need 4d X 1 1/2” nails.  Cut the board into the following pieces:

Back 12”X22”

Sides 12” X 16” (cut two)

Front 12” X 16”

Top 12” X 12”

For 12” X 8 3/4”

Drill 1/4” holes in the two top corners of each side for ventilation.

Drill a 1/4” hole in each corner of the bottom for drainage.

Take one side and draw a 3 inch diameter circle eleven and one half inches from the bottom of the side and with its center 5 1/2 inches from the other side.

Cut out the circle.  The entrance is on the side to allow the squirrel to reach it from the tree easier.

Next, attach the sides to the front of the box.

Next attach the back to the box.  Center the sides on the back of the box so some of it sticks up and some of it hangs down.  This will allow you to securely nail the box to the tree.

Next, put the top on the nesting box.

Squirrels clean out their own next boxes so it is not necessary to include a way to open the box for cleaning.  Next put the bottom on.  It should fit snuggly.

The side holes are for drainage in addition to the four holes in the bottom.  Squirrels fill their boxes with lots of leaves, which will cover the gaps so no babies fall through.

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