Quick Bird House

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Project by drfixit posted 02-22-2012 03:59 AM 2294 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just a simple cedar bird house made for the house wrens that we have around here. Plan on making a few more. They are glued with titebond III and some screwed together with some coated outdoor screws. By removing the screw at the top above the enterance hole, the top can be removed for cleaning.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 04:35 AM

Simple but effective, I like it!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 05:19 AM

I had something like that sitting, on it’s back, on a shelf on the patio, waiting to be screwed on the tree. Wouldn’t you know, one day I see a wren zipping down in the house. Not 14 inches from our back door. I watched for a week or two, finally curiosity got to me, I took a peak inside. There was a handful of little birds in there!

They didn’t like me peeking at them, they started to climb out and fly or flop away. By the next morning, they were all gone.

Now I need to delve deeper into the mount for the purple martin house someone gave my wife. Very particular about where you set it.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 05:46 AM

This is for the birds and the’ll love it :)) nice work


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#4 posted 02-22-2012 03:47 PM

simple is good!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 05:28 PM

Birds love’em.

Another design you can use that makes it easier to clean the nest is on one of the sides put just one screw/nail about 1/4 of the way down from the top (on both the front and back side). That allows the side to pivot outward from the bottom of the box for quick cleaning. A third screw can be used near the bottom to hold the side closed. I usually drill a hole and use a galvanized nail which is easy to remove with my fingers. This also allows you to quickly inspect the nest and check on the young birds if you so desire. If you haven’t already learned, hole size is critical. Predator and preditor birds (English sparrows, Starlings, jays) can attack the hatchlings if the hole is to large. Also some small holes of ventilation space just under the roof helps with heat and moisture control. I usually make the sides about 1/4” shorter and leave a gap at the top where they meet the roof. on the young birds if you so desire. If you haven’t

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 05:35 PM

Thanks Les My sides are about 1/4” short and the bottom has a few 1/4” holes around the outside to allow for ventalation. I found a chart online that shows the different hole size and box sizes for the different birds. Mostly we have the house wrens, but we do have all types. Had a large Osprey with a fresh fish sitting in front of my shop yesterday.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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