Squirrel burrow

What is a squirrel burrow?

A squirrel's nest is the hollow spherical nest of a squirrel. Primarily, such a rook consists of brushwood, twigs, leaves and needles. You can find it similar to a bird's nest high up in the trees between the branches.

Squirrel hutch - cozier than you think  

So that the animals feel comfortable in their squirrel burrow and do not freeze, they pad their home with moss, grasses and feathers. To build a Kobel, the squirrel needs on average between 3 and 5 days. A lot of effort, but ultimately worth the mill for the little journeyman.

What is the need for such a goblet?

The squirrel burrow is used all year round. On the one hand, it offers the animals a secure retreat, especially from predators. In winter and in bad weather, the squirrel finds protection from the cold and wet. And in spring, the offspring are born and raised in it.

Who lives in a gable?

You can definitely compare the squirrel burrow with a one-room apartment. This means that normally only one animal lives in it. Except after mating, the male is allowed to move in. The male animal then lives with him in the hutch until the young are born, but then has to move out again. The mother animal takes care of the little squirrels for about 3 months. After that, she also leaves the Kobel and leaves the young alone. The female builds a new nest.

How to build a squirrel hutch

There are many different instructions on how to build a squirrel hutch. In any case, there are some things you need to consider when building it, so that the animal feels comfortable in it.

  • The hutch must have at least 2 entrances/exits. One of the two entrances should be at the bottom, because the animals always enter their nest from below. The second entrance should be further up. This way the squirrel can escape in case of danger, for example if an enemy animal is sitting in front of the lower entrance. The entrance should have a diameter of about 7 cm.
  • The gable should have a base of at least 26 x 26 cm and a height of 30 cm.
  • If you use wood, it should be unpainted, untreated and rough sawn.
  • The roof should protrude a few centimeters above the entrance, so that it can not rain inside. Squirrels prefer a dry nest.
  • The hutch should be cozy. This means you need to line it with natural materials, wood wool or fleece fabric. The material should not get soaked and also not pull threads.
  • The hutch should be built so that you can clean it in between. When building, make sure that you can open the roof or remove a side wall. The optimal time for cleaning is between October and January, because then no young animals are in the nest. Cleaning always brings squirrels into the hutch.

What kind of wood should you use for construction?

If possible, the squirrel hutch should last for many years. Therefore, you should choose wood that has a long life. As a rule, this is beech, maple and pine. You should rather use light wood, because heavy solid wood panels are difficult to attach to a tree after construction.

You want to buy a squirrel hutch

The choice of squirrel hobs is huge. Under no circumstances should you go for a cheap squirrel hutch. This offers the cute little animals hardly any protection and in most cases does not last long enough.

Squirrel feeder house nesting box squirrel roost, handmade in the Bavarian Forest
  • ⭐NEU: Der Deckel besteht jetzt aus einer Witterungsbeständigen Siebdruckplatte (Schnittkanten sind versiegelt), Das Schlafhaus (Kobel) ist so konzipiert, dass die Tiere sicher und trocken durch den Winter kommen und der Nachwuchs nicht gleich beim ersten Ausstieg auf dem Boden landet. Hierfür haben wir extra einen kleinen "Balkon" gemacht damit kein Jungtier mehr abstürzen kann.
  • Unlike other cobles, they can open the lid at the top for cleaning, this is provided with 2 high-quality hinges and a snap lock. Once the hutch is accidentally opened do not fall (as with most hobs that are to be opened laterally) the boys and the nesting material out.
  • ⭐DIMENSIONS of the Kobel: Approx. length 30cm height 27cm width 30cm wood thickness 18mm The Kobel has 3 entrances (diameter approx. 60mm).
  • ECOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECT:The wood comes from the sawmill around the corner, so the sustainability in terms of forestry is given and by own production jobs in the region are secured.Due to the own production, we can respond to customer requests, contact us!!!
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Why are squirrel burrows so important?

In the forest, the animals find sufficient shelter. However, more and more squirrels are settling in inhabited areas. Here the natural places of retreat are missing. With a bought or a self-made hutch you can offer the cute animals a protected and dry place around the year.

Where do you put the squirrel hutch?

You should always hang the squirrel's nest at least 6 m high. If it is possible, then squirrels build their nests even higher - sometimes up to 15 m.

Do you need to set up the squirrel pen?

Squirrels like to arrange their own nest. They like to use fabrics from people for this purpose. It is not uncommon for socks or similar items to disappear from the clothesline and be found again in the hutch. To prevent this from happening to you, you can lay out pieces of fabric around the hutch for the squirrel to fetch.

When is the best time to hang the kobel?

Whether you built a squirrel hutch yourself or bought one commercially, the optimal time to hang it is before mating season. The squirrel mating season is between February/March and June/July.

How many hawks per squirrel?

On average, a squirrel builds between 2 and 8 cobels. Thus, it can change the nest at any time, for example, if it is contaminated after birth. The same also applies if the kobel has been destroyed by enemies or is threatened.

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