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Birdhouses to Make

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Primitive Birdhouses, Rustic Birdhouses, Tin Roof Birdhouses, Rusty Roof Birdhouses, Barnwood Birdhouses, Wood Birdhouses,

Chickadee Birdhouse 1 by xstartxtodayx, via Flickr

Bird Condo. How would I change this to keep the neighborhood cats from visiting?

good idea to use tin cans for birdhouse roofs let rust, rust yourself or paint with rustoleum tri color texture paint looks just like rust

Check out the porch's an old hinge! Cute idea. :)

Throwing in the Trowel..Love It...

Pallet Wood Birdhouses

Prim Birdhouse...on an old ladder.

Birdhouse Dark Red Arizona License Plate Roof

Bird House Ideas...cute perch idea

Colorado License Plate Reclaimed Materials Bird House

A good birdhouse does not have a perch. No Perch: Although the hallmark of many a quaint birdhouse, that stick that comes out just below the hole makes a great hand/foot hold for raccoons, squirrels, and other varmints to easily access the birds within. A physiology that allows flight gives birds tremendous ability to escape predators but also leaves them extremely vulnerable in close quarters encounters.

Build A Better Birdhouse: Part 2

Tiny Access Hole: Its fascinating to humans that any bird could fit through that tiny bung hole you find in most bird houses but anything bigger than 1.4 inches will allow obnoxious immigrant birds from Europe to bum rush the house; kill any native occupants and take the dwelling as their own.

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Predator Baffles: Fastening a birdhouse to a tree allows tree-climbing critters easy access to the house allowing them to take whatever they like: eggs, chicks and even adult birds. Wooden poles are easily scaled by squirrels, raccoons and rats. Experts advocate placing birdhouses on sheer metal poles or placing obstructions on the support structure to discourage climbing access. Some bird house designs also include a canted and deep-eaved roof with the access hole far from the top of the dwelli

Build A Better Birdhouse: Part 2

Untreated wood: Avian physiology has not allowed them the luxury of tolerating all the solvents, chemicals, and inorganic additives that we prefer for our dwellings. Avoid plastics, chemical treated woods or waterproofing materials. Maple and pine are highly recommended.

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Rough/Scored Interior Walls What a beautiful birdhouse! And lucky you, the birds actually adopted it as their home! Too bad all the chicks died inside. Smooth /sheer interior walls can make it impossible for the chicks to leave the nest. Who knew? The walls should be rough, ridged, or somehow allow the fledgling birds to climb out.

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Rain Protection: Like other warm-blooded animals birds need to find decent shelter from the rain. The bird house should have construction that doesn’t allow moisture to seep in. Excess water can cause mold, disease, and lead to hypothermia or even frostbite.

Build A Better Birdhouse: Part 2

Heat/Drainage Vents: Heat vents at the top and drainage holes at the bottom will allow excess heat and moisture to dissipate. Heat, moisture, darkness and bird eggs can lead to mold, bacteria, mites or similar ills.

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Bird Species: Probably more important than monitoring the dwelling, different birds have different habitation… uhh… habits. The bird house should be built for a specific type of bird or a group of bird species with similar housing requirements and body sizes. Specific measures will need to be taken to keep out ambitious predators and Europeans. (I was talkin’ bout birds! -What we’re you thinking?)

Build A Better Birdhouse: Part 2