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Old 01-08-2020, 09:46 PM   #1
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Hopefully, the diverse wisdom of the green screen can help. I live in north Comal Co. and wondering when is the best time to put up an owl box on the back of my property and which kind of box? Size?? Many thanks!
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Old 01-08-2020, 09:50 PM   #2
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Make something the size of a deer stand and pray they don't get in it and you'll be covered up in no time
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Old 01-08-2020, 09:51 PM   #3
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Make something the size of a deer stand and pray they don't get in it and you'll be covered up in no time


If that's not the truth! Lol


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Old 01-08-2020, 09:52 PM   #4
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Make something the size of a deer stand and pray they don't get in it and you'll be covered up in no time
Yup cleaned out a few of those... but 2 springs ago buzzards got into my blind and nested.....that was...a mess to clean. Blind still stinks.
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:02 PM   #5
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:12 PM   #6
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Yup cleaned out a few of those... but 2 springs ago buzzards got into my blind and nested.....that was...a mess to clean. Blind still stinks.
Cover scent?
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:23 PM   #7
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You want the box to be inaccessible to squirrels, and the box should face towards the east. It might take a few years for owls to move in.
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Old 01-09-2020, 12:42 AM   #8
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This link is not for the plans but I think you can find some on the Wild Birds Unlimited page.


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Old 01-13-2020, 04:11 AM   #9
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This is the first owl that we have had (maybe noticed) in a year or two. In previous years they have raised owlets.
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Old 01-13-2020, 05:57 AM   #10
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Cool stuff.
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:55 AM   #11
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This is the first owl that we have had (maybe noticed) in a year or two. In previous years they have raised owlets.
What's the size of that hole roughly?
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:26 AM   #12
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What's the size of that hole roughly?
I don't recollect, should just be able to Google "screech owl box" and get the dimensions as I built it via plans on WWW.
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:54 AM   #13
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I don't recollect, should just be able to Google "screech owl box" and get the dimensions as I built it via plans on WWW.


How do you keep the squirrels, woodpeckers, etc out of it?
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:03 AM   #14
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Squirrels do get in it, but the owl should win. No issue with other birds.
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:09 AM   #15
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:15 AM   #16
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Squirrels do get in it, but the owl should win. No issue with other birds.
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:25 AM   #17
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It's going to depend on what species of owl you are wanting to attract also.

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Old 03-04-2021, 04:17 PM   #18
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We put up an owl box (screech owl) this year and got our first visitor in a couple weeks. I believe we may have a nesting pair but its hard to say. I know we've had 2 in there at least once since the snow.


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Old 03-04-2021, 07:49 PM   #19
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I've never got an owl in either of mine. Did see a Mexican queeler checking it out one time. Wished an owl woulda happened by right then.
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:03 PM   #20
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That's cool. I've always wanted a bat house.
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Old 03-05-2021, 07:59 AM   #21
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Do you need to put any nesting material in to attract them?


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Old 03-05-2021, 09:06 AM   #22
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I had one at my home in Atascocita that the owls used and have had a couple here in Bulverde. I got the plans online and I think I used 1 1x12 to make the entire house.

They say the direction they face is important. The one in Atascocita faced southwest. My first one here in Bulverde faced North. I've been told any direction but north, however, we had a couple of sets of owlets hatched in that one. Above the spot where that box hung on our big oak is a big hole in the limb. It faces north as well. We've had owlets hatched in there too.

The west facing one was hung last summer and not used. Hoping that will change this spring as we can see it through the big picture windows in the back of the house.

Some past threads with pics:

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=533327

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=532813

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...ad.php?t=90366

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...ad.php?t=88248

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...ad.php?t=83983

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Old 03-05-2021, 09:16 AM   #23
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will tag this thread. Plan on doing owl, bat and wood duck houses this year.
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Old 03-05-2021, 09:18 AM   #24
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GREAT pics Casey!!
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Old 03-05-2021, 09:30 AM   #25
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tag as well, interested in building a few woodpecker or owl boxes.
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Old 03-05-2021, 09:35 AM   #26
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Here is a plan similar to what I did.

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Old 03-05-2021, 11:22 AM   #27
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I haven't had any luck with mine. Squirrels chewed a hole in the side and took it over. I plan to get a new one soon. I believe I bought it from a guy around Nacagdoches.
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Old 03-05-2021, 11:54 AM   #28
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Awesome pics Casey!
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Old 03-05-2021, 12:26 PM   #29
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Those pictures are insane
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Old 03-05-2021, 12:26 PM   #30
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Incredible photos Casey!
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Old 03-05-2021, 03:15 PM   #31
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I didnt know I wanted to build an owl box until now.
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Old 03-05-2021, 04:31 PM   #32
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I didnt know I wanted to build an owl box until now.
It is a lot of fun to sit out back while they "screech", fly around, and bring babies food.
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Old 03-05-2021, 05:09 PM   #33
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will tag this thread. Plan on doing owl, bat and wood duck houses this year.

Me too! I've got a pond in my back yard, about 80-100 yards from the back door. I've never seen a duck on it, I'm guessing the wood duck box would never be used? I have seen bats and heard several owls.
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Old 03-05-2021, 08:23 PM   #34
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TPWD is your friend. Bird box dimensions for several species, including owl and wood duck, here: https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild...ng/birdhouses/
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Old 03-05-2021, 08:37 PM   #35
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TPWD is your friend. Bird box dimensions for several species, including owl and wood duck, here: https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild...ng/birdhouses/
The first thing I did when I looked at this was laugh. Bluebird box floor should be 5.5x5.75. I bet papa bluebird carries a tape measure.

My bluebird boxes are 5x5x15, horizontal. They ain't never complained.
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Old 03-08-2021, 09:50 AM   #36
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One of my projects this weekend was making owl boxes, came out with 4 so far. Going to paint or stain them before they are mounted to a tree.
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Old 03-08-2021, 09:06 PM   #37
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Great posts and pics here, owls are just such cool birds. Tons of attitude and personality.
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:54 PM   #38
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Are yall able to find 1x10 rough cut cedar? I ended up using fence pickets and reinforcing them.
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Old 03-09-2021, 05:53 AM   #39
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We put up 2 at our hunting camp. The first one was inhabited by a screech owl immediately, has been ever since. The baby owls will poke their heads out and stare at you when we mow around the nest box. The second one was first inhabited by screech owls, then barn owls, and for the last 2 years has a bee hive inside.
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Old 03-09-2021, 06:05 AM   #40
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For a year we had a pair of great horned owls nest in the framed up house that was here when we bought the place. We dried it in and haven't seen them since. I was hoping they'd talk to the pole barn but, no luck.

I appreciate the thread and those plans. I will build a couple this weekend.

Would cedar boards work?

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Old 03-09-2021, 07:08 AM   #41
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All good comments here but if you are going to build and place an owl house, do it quick. Most owls nest in late winter, early spring so a lot have all ready begun the process, especially in southern part of Texas. We have a pair in Houston area which I believe have all ready laid eggs.

Placement is important. They prefer southeast facing but any direction but North will do. They also prefer to be at least 10 or more feet above the ground. And make sure no branches in front of the entrance. For some reason, they prefer them to be in bigger, older trees. Just my observation on this one.

As with all bird houses, I would recommend AGAINST painting or staining them. Natural wood feel is preferred. I know they wonít last as long but natural wood is preferred. As also stated, lots of good building instructions online. Iíve made several small bird boxes just out of old fence pickets.

In addition to owls, other box nesting birds are looking for homes now too. Bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, wrens and whistling ducks have all been checking out boxes since the big freeze around me. Always enjoy providing boxes for various birds.


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