How to Make Nesting Boxes for Pigeons

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If you love the gentle sound of pigeons cooing and enjoy feeding them, you may want build them some nesting boxes. This project can be completed in a day.

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Things you need

  • 3 sheets of 32-by-16-by-12 inch plywood or press board, ¾-inch thick
  • 2 sheets of 16-by-12 inch plywood or press board, ¾-inch thick
  • 6 sheets of 12-by-8 inch plywood or press board, ¾-inch thick
  • Box of self-threading 1 ½-inch screws
  • Screw gun
  • Wood glue
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Straw

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  1. 1

    Make the frame for your nesting box. Butt two sheets of the 32-inch plywood up to the two sheets of 16-by-12 inch plywood to form a box. Make sure the ends are flush. Glue all the ends where they butt together. Using your screws and screw gun, sink in four screws on the 12-inch sides and eight screws on the 16-inch sides. Make sure to glue and screw all four sides. When finished you will have a 32-by-16 inch box frame.

  2. 2

    Take your last remaining 32-inch piece of wood and put it in the inside-centre of the box. Find the centre by using your tape measure to measure exactly 8 inches up. Mark the centre point on both sides with your pencil. At the exact centre point, attach one side of the 32-inch piece inside the box. Then attach the other side using screws and glue.

  3. 3

    Install your nesting box dividers. Using a tape measure and pencil, measure out 8 inches along the top. Put one of the 12-by-8 inch pieces of plywood as a divider at that point. Glue and screw it down. Work your way around the box and every 8 inches, glue and screw in a divider. When finished you will have an eight-compartment nesting box.

  4. 4

    Fill the nesting boxes with straw. This will give the pigeons a soft, safe place to build their nests. Put the nesting boxes in a pigeon coop and your pigeons will happily move in.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful when using the screw gun, because like any power tool, it can cause injury.

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