Bird Houses & Nesting Box Woodworking Plan
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The Common Merganser Nestbox has a 10" by 10" floor, 33" inside ceiling, 5" by 5" square entrance opening located 30" (to the top of the opening) above the floor and ventilation openings. Although some experts disagree with the notion that ventilation openings are needed at all. Please refer to this article for further information. This may also depend on location of nest box, exposure to direct sun as well as material used to build the nest box.
Assembled with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Hinged roof is secured with shutter hooks for easy access. Mount 10 feet or higher on a tree trunk, (6' to 8' if on a post above water), in forest bottomlands within 100 feet of a river or a pond (further is ok if there are no obstacles for the ducklings trek to water). Place some wood chips on the floor. Squirrels may use this box.
Remove the nest box in late summer or fall after the brood rearing seasons are over. Clean thoroughly and repair for the next season.
- Assemble woodworking projects in a safe, protected area.
- Always wear eye protection. Eye injuries are the most common accidents.
- Keep hardware and tools away from children and pets.
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