Would squirrels use a house I bought if just put on my balcony floor?

Would squirrels use a house I bought if just put on my balcony? Or they only nest in boxes in trees? I have a few that come to my balcony to take nuts from my feeder everyday.

  • Hello Edward, squirrels build their own dreys up in the trees where there's a fork in the branch which are made from a mix of twigs, grass, fresh and dried leaves although they occasionally will use roof voids if they can get access which results in major nuisance factor necessitating their removal to prevent damage; they do not use boxes so would not use a "house". I would discourage them from getting too close to your building and try feed them in the garden somewhere; or if you are in an apartment and have a communal garden where you could place a nut feeder for them. Having said that if you are in an apartment other residents may be against you feeding grey squirrels. Hope you can continue to enjoy watching your squirrel enjoy the nuts but don't worry about a roost or nest for them as they would build their own drey.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Just to add to Hazy's points, grey squirrels also take up residence in loft space. If you are a home owner, (you live in a flat I'm assuming, re balcony?) you do not want to be encouraging grey squirrels to venture anywhere near your house, and definitely not your roof. If there is a way in, they will find it.