Bird Houses & Nesting Box Woodworking Plan: Pileated Woodpeckers
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The Pileated Woodpecker Nestbox (also for Kestrels and Screech Owls) has a 10" by 10" floor, 24" inside ceiling, 4" diameter entrance hole located 21" 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 screws. Hinged roof is secured with shutter hooks for easy access. For Pileated Woodpeckers, have a professional mount this box with the entrance hole facing south or east, 20 feet or higher on a tree in forest edge or grove. Pilleated Woodpeckers commonly excavate their own cavities. Fill the box to the top with wood shavings or animal bedding purchased at the pet store. Please note that fine sawdust is not recommended as it remains damp, can become moldy and is difficult for the birds to work with. Packing the nestbox with wood shavings / chips will also discourage starlings and sparrows from nesting in the box, and the process of excavating the nestbox (or any cavity) is a natural part of a woodpecker's mating behavior. Please note that Squirrels may also use this nestbox.
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.
- Store your tools and hardware neatly away after use.
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