Eastern Screech Owl 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 grade screws. Most other owl houses on the market are made with 3/4" plywood. We choose a non-manmade material.
- Unfinished surface meant to naturally weather grey. The owner may paint or stain the house's exterior a natural color.
- Roughly 17" 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.
- Roof is hinged for easy cleaning and checking.
- Mounting holes are predrilled to be installed on the side of a building, against a board atop a pole/post, or against a tree. Lag screws included.
- 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 on the outside under the entrance.
Location and Installation Guidelines
- Place the box in shady locations in sparse woods, stream sides, backyards, farmland, and parks/preserves. Eastern screech owls do well in suburban areas where there is less competition for their prey. Face the entrance south so they can warm up in the sun.
- Height: 10' Warning: Hanging nest boxes can be dangerous and even fatal. Enlist the an able bodied helper and use the proper safety equipment.
- Mounting: Lag bolt to the side of a tree that's wider than the box. If mounted on a tree leave a 1/2"-1" space between the box and the tree so there is room to grow. Mounting on 4x4 posts and the side of buildings has been successful too.
- Nesting materials: 2" leaves or wood chips are included.
- Eastern screech owls start laying eggs in February in the southern states but can be as late as July in northern states.
- Tell your neighbors not to use rodenticides and pesticides since one tainted mouse can kill a whole nest of owlets!
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.