Before getting started, make sure you've watched [su_lightbox src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8Ty87KWA48"]Captain Chris' introduction video[/su_lightbox].
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Today, you are going to build a squirrel house. It will be your “workmanship” to provide food or shelter for animals.
Follow your birdhouse kit instructions. (Home Depot kit)
Choosing A Home
Select a house that is made from untreated wood. Squirrels and other small animals may chew the structure, particularly around the opening. The opening needs to be close to the base of the house and should have a diameter of 50-65 millimeters. Remove any perch or simply don't install it. You may wish to build multiple houses placing them in a variety of areas. This will increase your odds of squirrels inhabiting the new home.
Placing The Home
Locate an area where squirrels are likely to nest. Find a shady and sheltered place near bushes or shrubs. The area should be clear from general foot traffic. Squirrels like to collect and store food for winter, they prefer to nest nearby sources like trees bearing nuts or berries. Make sure the houses are well-seated and level. Pile rocks around the sides and back of the house to make it more secure. Surround the home with chewable tree branches.
Home Sweet Home
You will also want to provide a wide selection of grass and moss. Sisal grass, peat moss, timothy hay, oat hay, and dandelion grass are some of their favorites. Distribute a small amount of food around the house to encourage exploration of the area. You can use peanuts, raisins, or a handful of birdseed.