The Peterson nestbox is a well known and very frequently used nestbox for Bluebird conservation. It is not an easy box to make, requiring special tools and a good grasp of geometrical concepts. I have built several Peterson boxes from the plans of the late Mr. Peterson [Peterson Box.] One such box is shown, click on it to see a larger image. For the reasons listed below, I have stopped using this type of box as originally designed by Peterson. Instead, I have re-designed and modified the Peterson Box to suit my purposes by avoiding the following problem areas:
1. The oval entrance hole will allow starlings to enter the box. In my area, starlings are very common, and on several occasions I have seen them enter this type of entrance hole.
2. The box is relatively heavy due to use of 2 x 4 stock.
3. It is a very narrow box (only 3.5" wide.)
The newly designed box uses only 3/4" wood, a round entrance hole, and is wider (as wide as you like to make it, mine is 4.5" wide.) Take a look at the Construction Photos first, then go to the Construction Plans which you can print to make the box.
Please feel free to send me, Fawzi Emad, any corrections, observations, comments or questions. Thank you! (The tail feather on the left is from Koko, our Blue-Front Amazon Parrot.)