BUILDING BIRD HOUSES FOR BARN OWLS
Study the drawing below for proper construction. The sides are first fastened to the front. The back and bottom are attached afterwards. If a top is used, it should be put on after the box is installed.
Use one 4' x 8'sheet of plywood. Be sure to use exterior if the box is to be placed outdoors. Space about 9 drain holes, l/4 to l/2 inch in the bottom board. Since barn owls do not bring nest material to their nests, cover the bottom with 1 to 2 inches of wood shavings or pine straw
DO NOT PAINT THE INSIDE OF THE BOX.
Make sure upon completion of the box that no nails are protruding
out of the wood that would cause injury to the inhabitants. Barn Owls really do prefer to
nest in buildings if possible. Boxes should be secured firmly to a stud high on the
supporting structure walls, approximately 2/3rds the distance between the floor and the
ceiling. This gives owls easy access to the opening and protection from predators like
raccoons, snakes, and cats. A window, hole, or ventiliation shaft will give owls
unhampered movement to and from the structure.
*Information and graphics provided by World Bird Sanctuary.
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