How to Make a Robin Nesting Box

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A well-placed robin nesting box gives robins a safe place to raise their young.
A well-placed robin nesting box gives robins a safe place to raise their young. (Image: robin image by david purday from Fotolia.com)

Robins typically nest any place they can. They often end up building their nests behind porch lights and on other ledges around the home. Many robins live in city areas and do not have many other choices for nesting spots. Building a nesting box for robins gives them a safe place to raise their young. The biggest danger to young robins is predators. A nesting box protects them from predators and keeps them in the nest more easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Unfinished board, 150-by-1500-by-15 mm
  • Scrap rubber
  • Galvanized nails, 3/4-inch
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Drill

Mark your cuts on the board. Use the ruler to ensure straight lines. Pencil the lines lightly so you can see them but they will not show. The first line should be a diagonal one starting 200 mm from the end and ending on the other side of the board 250 mm from the end. These are the sides. The next line is a total of 400 mm from the starting end. Measure 120 mm for the next line. This is the floor. Measure 460 mm for the next line to create the back. Make the next line 200 mm further down the board for the front. This leaves about 220 mm for the roof.

Saw along the lines. Each cut should be done at a 90-degree angle with the exception of the cut between the front and roof. This cut should be made at a 45-degree angle, moving toward the roof end of the board. For the robin box, cut an additional 75 mm off the angled end of the front, leaving a straight edge.

Nail the sides and floor to the back. Place one side flat against the back of the nesting box, lining up the bottoms. Hammer the nails in through the back of the back. Turn the floor piece sideways and place it against the attached side and back. Line up all the edges so the bottom is flat. Nail the floor in through the back and through the side. Put the other side in place and nail it on through the back and attach it to the floor by nailing through the side into the floor.

Nail the front onto the nesting box. Line the front up with the floor and sides. Hammer the nails through the front, into the sides and floor. The front panel will not go all the way up the sides.

Drill small holes into the bottom for drainage if the joints between the panels are tight. If there are some gaps, the drainage holes are not necessary.

Cut a hinge from the rubber with the scissors. The hinge should be able to reach both the back and the roof panels and should run the entire width of the panels.

Nail the hinge to the inside of the back panel of the nesting box. Pull it tight and nail the other side of the hinge onto the inside of the flat end of the roof panel. The angled portion of the roof panel should be at the front of the nesting box. This hinge allows easy access for cleaning the nesting box at the end of the season.

Tips & Warnings

  • Write the position of each piece on the piece with a pencil so you can more easily determine which is which.

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