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Bat Box Directions
First get an adult to help, then print out these directions that my dad wrote and the picture that I took. Ps my dad makes it seem complicated but it is very easy.
Back of Box--To make a bat box first cut a piece of 3/4" exterior plywood 16" wide x 27" long
Front Panel of the box---Next cut the front piece 16" x 21" plywood. A vent needs to be cut into the front panel
Cut a piece of 1x2"pine 16" long, and screw it to the bottom edge of the front panel of the box. This is to close the entrance down to 3/4" wide.
Front Vent Hole----Make a pencil mark 6" up and 2 1/2" in from each side of the front of the box. Drill a 1/2" hole at each of these marks, mark a line from the top of one hole to the top of the other hole, mark a line from the bottom of one hole to the bottom of the other also. Now cut along these lines to make a 1/2" vent along the front of the box.
Side of Box ---Then cut 2 pieces of 2x2"- 21" long
If you don't have a 2x2" piece of wood you can use a 2x4" ripped in half, this will give you 2 pieces approx. 1 3/4"x1 1/2".
Roof of Box---Cut another piece of 3/4" plywood 17" long x 4" wide, this will be the roof of the box. I have found that if I add a 2" X 2" piece 13 inches long to the back panel along the top edge. It gives me more wood surface to screw the roof to( I will call this the roof support)
Hardware cloth-- Now cut a piece of 1/4" hardware cloth to fit on the inside back panel of the box. And long enough to reach the bottom of the plywood, approximate measurement should be 15"x26". The bats use this to hold on to, especially baby bats. Without it they sometimes fall out.( you really can't see it in the picture)
Assembly-- Place the Hardware cloth on the back panel of the box. Now take your two side panels and place them at the edges. Screw them in place from the back of the box .This will hold the hardware cloth in place. Where ever there is sharp edges of cloth still showing caulk the sharp edges or remove them so they do not tear the delicate bat wings.
Now screw the smaller Roof support 2 x 2 inch 13" long piece to the top edge
Screw assembled front panel to the back panel
Screw the 4"x17" piece of plywood to the top of the box to make the roof.
Paint the box black and you're done
|my bluebird nestbox||a front and side view of my nestbox|
The Bluebird nestbox is really pretty easy to make and it's fun too. The materials you will need are a 1"x 6" x 4' board, and a 1"x 8" x 10-1/2"board. You can use pine or cedar. We made ours from pine. Dad did all the cutting and I screwed it together.
First your saw should be set on a 12 degree angle, then cut a piece of 1x6 for the back of the box 10-1/2". Put this piece aside. Now measure 9-1/2" from the shortest point of the angle cut on the 1x6 and mark and cut there. This piece is for the front. Cut the side pieces 10-1/8" on the high side to 9-1/8" on the low side. Next cut a piece for the floor 4". You need a piece of 1x8 for the roof 10-1/2". Now drill a 1-1/2" hole 2" down from the top and 2-3/4" in from the side of the 9-1/2" piece that will be the front of the box. It is easier to drill this hole if you first screw the board to a bigger piece of wood so you can hold it with your feet while you are drilling. Look at the picture, on the front of the box you will see some horizontal lines across the front, below the hole. These are shallow cut lines made with the saw set at a depth of approximately 1/8". You should make these cuts on both the inside and the outside of the front piece. These are for the birds to grab and hold on to with their feet when going in and out of the box. It really helps the babies to get out of the box.
Now just assemble the pieces, look at the pictures to see where to put the screws. We used 1-5/8" galvanized deck screws. Notice that on the front of the box there is a screw missing on the left bottom corner, this is so the side door can swing open for monitoring and cleaning. You must leave a screw out on the back of the box also. The floor of the box is recessed up 1/4" from the bottom of the box. This is important because it helps to keep the box drier. The roof of the box should overhang equally on the sides and it should hang over the front by 2-1/2".
When you're finished assembling the box you can paint or stain the outside white or another light color to reflect sunlight and keep the box cooler. Do not paint the box a dark color and do not paint the inside. Check to make sure the side swings open easily, you may need to sand the edges. Turn the box upside down and drill a 1/2" hole in each of the four corners of the floor. These holes provide ventilation and allow any water to drain from the box. Now all you have to do is screw the door closed with one screw into the floor.
Now put it on the pole . The pole I used was 1/2 " EMT pipe( just ask for this at your Home Depot). This is the most predator proof I have found. The bottom of the box must be at least five feet from the ground.
If you have had problems with your eggs being broken or taken you might have predators and I suggest you install a squirrel baffle on the pole as well as apply some vaseline on the pole.
Hope you get lots of bluebirds they are so pretty.
Build a square box out of 2 by 6 inch lumber . The box size should be 3 foot by 3 foot with a 3/4" plywood bottom. Drill a few small holes into the bottom for water drainage. Get a very large size plastic garbage can or plastic drum. Cut out 6 large semi-circular holes on the sides of the can at the bottom. Turn the can upside down and place the bottom base on top of it and bolt the base to the bottom of can with nuts and bolts and washers. Predrill the base bottom to your bolt size. Turn over your feeder and fill your can with corn place the lid to keep corn dry and bait the feeder with corn trails until the deer are using it readily. We have tried many models of home made deer feeders and found this works best so far