I started looking at Squirrel Houses for Sale for my backyard friends and found two great options.
Here is what I found:
The Most Popular nest box is the “Squirrel Condo” made by Chuck-a-Nut.
The Squirrel Condo is a simple cedar box with dimensions of 12 x 8 x 8 inches that has a three inch hole on the side for squirrel entry.
The reviews indicate that the box is highly functional and squirrels are quick to move in to their new home.
I think this house is the most popular because it has a cute name and is the lowest priced option at around $40.
The downsides of this nest box are:
- No internal shelf under the opening for use as a predator guard.
- The box has to be disassembled if you want to clean it out.
This nest box is cute and inexpensive.
If you want something better than “cute and inexpensive” then the absolute best squirrel nesting box is the one made by The Squirrel Shop. This is the nest box that I have.
At first glance the squirrel house from The Squirrel Shop looks extremely similar to the Squirrel Condo. However there are several significant differences. The Squirrel Shop house is:
- Significantly LARGER than the squirrel condo (16 x 8 x 8 inches) versus (12 x 8 x 8 inches)
- Has a swinging side panel for easy cleaning
- Has a Predator Guard located inside the box to deter raccoons from raiding the nest.
- Has an internal kerf ladder to make it easy for young squirrels to climb out.
The internal predator guard is essentially a second roof inside the house with a 3 inch entry hole to to access the bottom of the nest box. There is no way for a raccoon to reach the nest by sticking its paw through the main entry hole.
The swinging side door makes it easy to clean out the nest box if you ever choose to do so. The door also has kerf cuts which are used as a ladder to make it easy for young squirrels to climb out of the base of the nest.
The Squirrel Shop squirrel house costs about $10 more than the Squirrel Condo but you will get a much, much better product.
How to Install a Squirrel Nest Box
You are going to want to want to put the nest box at least 10 feet off of the ground and preferably into a tree.
The opening of the nest box should be parallel to the mounting surface. This makes it easy for the squirrels to get in as the run around the tree.
Ideally the nest box should be located in a shady area to prevent the nest from getting too warm inside.