The BENBOX is an eastern bluebird nest box that features a detachable nest cavity. The detachable cavity slides in and out on rails like a drawer. A 1 1/4” galvanized joist hanger nail on the right side serves as a locking pin. A double roof is employed to reduce radiant heat absorption and to prolong the useful life of the nest box. The inner roof is made of 3/4” thick wood and the outer roof is made of cement fiber (James Hardie cedarmill siding). The outer roof is secured to the inner roof with polyurethane construction adhesive. A 15 ga. plate steel hole guard protects the entrance hole from enlargement by woodpeckers and gnawing varmints. “Flow through” ventilation is provided by including a rear horizontal slot vent at the same level as the entrance hole. Good drainage is provided through floor corner cuts and a recessed center drain hole. Mounting is facilitated by providing a 15/16” diameter hole in the center of the rear 2 X 4 cross member. A 1/4” diameter bolt + wing nut can be used to secure the mounting pole in place.
BENBOX front view
BENBOX side view
BENBOX open view
BENBOX detachable nesting cavity showing horizontal slot vent
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