I may not have said it before, but I wanted to have the front of the hawk room be mostly windows so I could get away with weathering the bird outside less than if the windows were small. I decided to have an “open” and a “not-so-open” window. The “not-so-open” window was made with vertical 2″x6″ boards spaced 3/4″ apart. This will allow some light and air flow, but is relatively concealed if the hawk wants to hide. The “open” window is made with schedule 40 1/2″ PVC pipes spaced 3/4″ apart. The 3/4″ spacing is the largest recommended by The Modern Apprentice for small birds such as a kestrel or merlin. If you only plan on flying a red tail or other medium to large birds 1.5″ is fine. I’d like to eventually fly a kestrel or Cooper’s hawk, so went with the smaller spacing.
The PVC was a bit flimsy by itself and I worried about it breaking under the strain of a red tail crashing into them. I added the crossbeam to strengthen the pipes. It seems to have worked well.
After the panels were build I carried them into the back yard. I’m stubborn and didn’t ask for help doing this. I was sore for a couple days after – the panels are pretty hefty, especially pieces with extra 2x4s such as the door and window panels.
I did get some help installing one panel. We had Josh, a guy from church who is going to watch out dogs in a few weeks, over for dinner and I co-opted while the steaks were cooking. I needed the help with the panel too, it was the only one that I couldn’t hold both panels and drill or tighten a bolt.
All in all the mews cost:
Number Item Price
115 8′ 2×4 $350.06
4 8′ 2×6 $18.76
6 8′ 4×4 $43.02
12 3/8″ 4×8′ plywood $193.32
3 15/32″ 4×8″ $55.11
12 lbs 3″ and 2.5″ wood screws $74.58
29 3/8″x5″ bolt $121.03
25 3/8″x6″ bolt $18.97
8 3/8″x8″ bolt $7.74
69 3/8″ Hex nuts $7.68
100 3/8″ washers $18.84
15 10′ schedule 40 1/2″ PVC pipe $26.40
2 Window bolt (for doors) $5.92
3 Utility door handles $9.84
4 Door hinge $10.32
1 Locking door clasp $7.29
5 gallons white paint, paint roller, brush, paint tray $87.71
1 gallon white paint $10.97
The actual cost is just a bit lower than this as I bought way too many washers and have some bolts left over. Additionally, longer scraps of 2×4 have been used to build a perch.