BCM Super Rocket Roost
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How many bats does it hold and how high off the ground should it be?
Capacity is assumed to be 2 bats per inch of roost space, but the Super Rocket Roost is difficult to estimate because of so many crevices and shapes built into it. A simple estimate puts the Super Rocket Roost capacity at 126 bats at the minimum. Capacity really isn't the attractive quality for bats however, it is the internal structure variation and thermal qualities that make this bat house a winner.
Using a 16' post 3' into the ground, the bottom of the Roost will be about 12' off the ground and the top of it will be about 16' above ground.
My only concern with the larger ones is the weight but I can find a way to raise it. I would rather mount on a steel pole so no rot and no need for raccoon proofing.
The Super Rocket Roost itself weighs 35 lbs. With it mounted on a 4’’x6’’x16’ post, 2 people can fairly easily lift it into place upright into a 3’ deep hole, despite the entire assembly now weighing over 100 lbs. with the post. It will not fall over once in the hole, assuming the hole is not over-dug in diameter (it only needs to be 7’’ or so in diameter). You can paint the pole before lifting it, and use a post protector to insulate it from the ground. These practices will have the pole standing for 30+ years. Raccoons would not fit into the Roost box nor could they reach more than a few inches into the box, so I don’t think they would be a problem. Bats likely would not emerge if there was a raccoon clinging to the post just under the emergence point.
Are you saying with the larger versions and a single post the entire post is pressure treated? And that is not an issue for bat health?
For the Super Rocket, although a full 16’ PT post is used as the base, bats do not actually roost on the PT post. At most they may land on it, but the roost itself is not PT. The Super Rocket Roost sold mostly assembled. To finish it, you would slip it on a post and secure with a few lag bolts, then slip the plastic hull over it. The base of the post should have a post protector slipped over it. The post around the bottom of the roost exit should be roughened up with a utility knife. At that point it could be painted if desired but otherwise lifted into place and cemented.
I purchased a Super Rocket Roost and am considering post options... I'm considering a 4x6x16 cedar post rather than pressure treated, is there any downside to that choice (other than expense).
Hello- no the bats won't care if it is PT or cedar. Whichever is used, please use the plastic post protector sleeve on the base to insulate the post from ground contact for best longevity.
Is the Super Rocket available for delivery to Canada? Our barn just came down (direct hit by a tornado) and we need to provide homes for our bats!
Hi sorry to hear of your loss. All of our products are available to ship almost anywhere internationally. Simply add the product to your cart with the delivery address to see the quote. We cannot ship to P.O. boxes.
I am also interested in the BCM Super Rocket Roost. Do you have any of these available for purchase.
Hello- generally if you can add the bat house to our shopping cart and complete an order, it is in stock or will be in stock within ~10 days.
Does this type of house “self clean” like the other traditional style bat house? Do the droppings fall out onto the ground?
Hello - all of out bat houses are designed so that droppings do not acculuminate in the roost; they eventually fall out.
Your Super Rocket Box page says they ship in 10 days. Does that mean that you will send it out 10 days from now, or that I will have it within 10 days?
Hello - "Ships in..." usually means it ships in approximately that about of time indicated, so allow a few more days for transit. This phrasing is not updated daily on the web pages, so if we happen to have a bunch of SRBs one could ship that day after ordering. Please write email@example.com or call the office 9-3 EST at 717-241-2228 for the best info on stock on hand.