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Barn Owl Nest Box

 
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Mounting Options

  • Securely knot one end of a 5' long piece of nylon rope. Thread it through a small hole made in the top of one side so that the knot is inside the box. Then thread the rope through a small hole at the other side and knot the rope inside. The box can be hung inside a building about 20' above the ground. If placed in a tree, first wrap the rope around a sturdy limb before threading through the second hole.
  • Place box on a cross-beam with the front facing the inside of the building. Nail the box through the bottom to the cross-beam.
  • To permit direct access to the box from the outside, place the box against the inside of a wall after cutting a 6" x 6" entrance in the building wall at the level of the entry on the box.

Materials

  • 1 - 4' x 8' x 5/8" exterior plywood
  • 1 - 1" x 12" x 6' rough cedar board
  • 2 galvanized hinges with galvanized screws
  • 5' of nylon mounting rope (optional)
  • 35 - 1-5/8" outdoor wood screws or 35 #7 galvanized nails
  • Two coats of dark latex exterior paint (if mounted outside