I started looking at Squirrel Houses for Sale for my backyard friends and found three great options that I wanted to share with folks. We do not make these at our wood shop yet but they are on our “to do” list 🙂
Why Buy a Nest Box for Squirrels?
Squirrels are perfectly capable of building nests in trees so the idea of a putting up a house for them might seem silly. It turns out that there are two very good reasons to put up a nest box for your backyard squirrels.
Putting up a nesting box for squirrels can help protect your house.
Squirrels breed and have litters twice per year. One breeding season is in the early spring while the other is typically mid summer. The open nests that squirrels live in for most of the year are exposed to predators and a mother squirrel will often tear her way into houses to find a more secure area to raise her babies.
By putting up a box that can be used as a squirrel den you can encourage Momma squirrels to stay outside instead of gnawing their way into your attic.
Squirrels will also try to invade your home in the late fall to early winter if they cannot find an enclosed cavity to protect themselves from cold, winter weather. Your squirrels need a safe place to nest and sleep.
Putting up a nesting box for squirrels is FUN!
It is a blast to watch squirrels scurry around their new home and raise a litter of babies. When you see the baby squirrel stick its head out of the nest box hole for the first time you will be hooked and want to put up more!
The youngsters will begin to chase each other as they develop their strength and coordination. If you have a keen eye then you learn to tell the babies apart as they scamper and play.
Most Popular Nest Box: “Squirrel Condo” 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 box is highly functional and squirrels are quick to move in to their new home. This house is the most popular on Amazon because it has a cute name and is the lowest priced option. [Read more…]