American Kestrel House
Note: most of these are sold locally and are picked up by appointment. However, we now can ship these to the lower 48 states!
Our wildlife houses are constructed with care and an attention to details from locally sourced 1" rough-cut pine. We pre-drill and use exterior screws to create secure structures that will take a beating in the harsh New England winds. They are built with both functionality for the owner and the specific needs of the animal.
We believe our houses should be inviting to the birds and help protect them from the elements and predators. We let our houses weather with time, like the trees around them. We don't use chemically treated woods products unless requested by the customer.
We know you'll want to check in on the birds before, during, and after they have used the nest box. We make sure each box is easy to open, inspect and clean.
- Constructed with 1" rough cut pine and exterior screws
- Unfinished surface meant to naturally weather grey. The owner may paint or stain the house's exterior a natural color.
- False entrances should be painted in black on the sides to increase the likelyhood of being noticed by a Kestrel in search of a nesting box.
- Roughly 2' tall, 1' wide, and 1' deep
- Underside of the roof has a kerf cut to help rain drip off the edge rather than into the house.
- Roof overhangs beyond the entrance to reduce the likelihood of water chilling the chicks.
- Mounting holes are predrilled to hang on a post/pole
- Side door has a finger hole and opens wide to check on eggs, add bedding or clean out the house.
- Side door is beveled to fit snug when shut and keep out water.
- The corners of the floor are cut out so rain water can drain
- The floor is recessed 1/2" upward. As rain travels down the outside of the walls, it doesn't collect under the floor.
- Kerf cuts are used outside the entrance hole to help the parents enter and feed their young.
- Wire mesh is used inside the house to help fledglings gain a grip to leave the house.
Location and Installation Guidelines
- Place the box Place at least 1/2 mile from other Kestrel nests. Kestrels like open grassy areas with perches.
- Height: 8'-30' Warning: Hanging nest boxes can be dangerous and even fatal. Enlist the an able bodied helper and use the proper safety equipment.
- Mounting: Attach to a sturdy pole/4x4 that is buried securely (not included). (This is a heavy house!) Some people install a rope and pulley system to raise and lower the nest box. They have been successful on the side of barns/outbuildings.
- Nesting materials: 3" of wood shavings are included.
- Try to install nest boxes before or during early March, before kestrels return north. Clean out in the fall, well after they have left.
- False entrances should be painted in black on the sides to increase the likelihood of being noticed by a Kestrel in search of a nesting box.
How do I get my order?
We'd be happy for you to visit the farm to pick up your bird house order. After you order, we'll contact you to schedule a visit.
At this time, we like the personal contact with each customer. We can answer questions about placement and installation. As well, many of these (especially orders of several houses) are too heavy to ship.
However, if you want a shipping quote or you are in CT, MA, or RI we can deliver larger orders for a fee of $40, and possibly free depending on the size of your order. Please contact us with any questions.