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Features of a Good Nest Box

Nest boxes come in many shapes and sizes. This can make choosing a nest box design confusing. Whether you plan to build or buy a nest box, it should have the features listed below. Also, make sure that it is durable, and easy to monitor and clean.

Features of  a Good Nest Box
Features of a Good Nest Box

Boxes Should Open Easily for Monitoring
Boxes Should Open Easily for Monitoring

Quick Checklist

  • Untreated wood (Pine, Cedar, or Fir)
  • Drainage holes
  • Thick walls (At least 3/4″)
  • Ventilation holes
  • Extended, sloped roof
  • Easy access for monitoring and cleaning
  • Rough or grooved interior walls
  • Sturdy construction
  • Predator guard
  • No outside perches
  • Mounted on a metal pole