Building A Better Birdhouse

You will have a 5″ length of 4″ PVC, 1 – 8″ long 3/8″ dowel, 6 X 8″ roof piece, 5 13/16″ X 8 roof piece, 2- 5 1/2″ pine squares. Once I accepted that revelation, the current birdhouse design began to take form in my mind. To prevent house sparrows and European starlings from setting up house in them before other bird species arrive, plug the entrance hole until you observe the preferred species. Try pressing materials into tree bark crevices and draping yarn or string over branches, fence posts, or deck railings.

C). You can also mount your birdhouse in a tree; just eliminate the mounting flange and put screw eyes through the roof into the wall, then attach a chain hung from a tree limb. In fact, perches can be a disadvantage in that they attract more aggressive species such as House Sparrows. That’s why the space inside a bat house is very narrow, unlike a bird house which would house a nest. If you are building a birdhouse for a bird that is considered to be a cavity nester, you should determine how deep the interior cavity should be to ensure the comfort level of the bird variety that you wish to attract.

These building materials may work on your indoor projects, but in the outdoor elements and as wood dries and shrinks, the staple are sure to work lose and eventually pop. As your child grows, they will be constantly reminded of the time spent building it, when they see it set up in a prominent place in the yard. Let’s have a look at this less known habit and at some other ways of peculiar bird bathing practices.

The most common types of open nesters that are likely to frequent a properly built birdhouse for their needs, include the cardinal and the robin. Related Curriculum shows how the document you are currently viewing fits into this hierarchy of curricular materials. After all, a birdhouse is a simple structure with seven basic parts—two sides, a front and back, a bottom, and two pieces for the top. If you want a long-lasting one, start with a really well-made, sturdy birdhouse. You can give you new tenants a hand, by providing appropriate materials nearby with which they can build a nest.

Thus far, 20 University Scholars students met and designed four houses in their area and spent the remaining time making 15 birdhouse kits for children to build and paint. According to their website, a successful bat house can be smaller (14 inches wide instead of 24 inches wide), but this one was designed to easily use up a 2 foot by 4 foot piece of plywood with fewer cuts. These extras can be purchased at most big box stores and will help you make your new birdhouse more pleasant to look at. For instance a Chickadee would not choose the same style of house as a Purple Martin.

This birdhouse is so easy, your little ones can make it. I suggest kiddos putting it together with glue (try a glue that works on oily wood like Gorilla Glue or a super glue for fast dry times) and then Mom or Dad adding some nails or screws after the glue dries to make sure the birdhouse is plenty sturdy. It’s a good idea to put sawdust or wood chips in the bottom of woodpecker houses to keep them from pecking at the inside of the house to produce nesting material.

If I want bigger pieces of wood from the pallets for building wood fences and chicken sheds, I use a Milwaukee Sawzall to cut the nails so the pieces of wood are intact. The 1X2 inch pieces form the sides of the bat house and then there are two smaller pieces of plywood on top. The finished bird house should be protected with outdoor polyurethane You can use a brush-on or spray-on product such as Zar Ultra Fast Drying Polyurethane Spray This is essential if you’re going to keep the stone birdhouse outside in wet weather. Also, if predators or house sparrows get in the nest, at least the adults have a chance to escape through the second hole.

However, materials such as yarn, paper, feathers and pieces of string may be placed near the birdhouse. Studies have shown that wild birds prefer home-made bird houses that are painted in shades of tan, brown or grey. That is against a building you may even notice the mother hummingbird gathering paint chips to help camouflage the nest against the building. Remember, where you put the birdhouse is just as important as the actual construction details (see figure 1). The first decision to make when learning how to build a bird house is what material to make it from.


Often this bit of hospitality seems to be how some birds make up their mind about living in your newly constructed house. Favourite topics include repurposed DIY projects and tutorials, organic gardening, creative garden ideas, debt-free living, nature (what more is there?), and sustainable living—all with a dash of humour and side order of freshly-grown salad greens.

For inspiration, have a look at these up-close images of birds building nests and caring for their young, captured by accomplished nature photographer and writer John Harrison, of Medford Wildlife Watch. It can be very difficult for some species to get out of the house if the inside surface is too smooth. Below are a few factors to consider when choosing or building a bird house to put in your yard in the early spring.

The expendable cost is the estimated cost of supplies needed for each group of students involved in the activity. Simply match the species of the bird you wish to build a house for with the dimensions required for house components. Writer’s Note: I have to be honest with you: I built this bat house when I had little babies, and as any young mother knows, hanging a bat house doesn’t really reach the top of the to-do” list.

Evaluation: Use the following guide to grade students, assuming they did all three items: nest, worksheet and birdhouse. So I gave the bat house to a friend at the National Wildlife Federation in the hopes it might get put up here. Just as you shouldn’t house small animals on cedar shavings (particularly in closed spaces), I wouldn’t expose delicate baby birds to it, either. But since we were on a time constraint, our original birdhouse plan was to buy this pre-cut kit I found online. They are very similar to the T-14 purple martin house but are more ornate and have many more rooms.

To ensure the stone birdhouse lasts a good long time, take time to prime the wood before adding the stones and protect your work of art afterwards with exterior polyurethane (or another similar product). Building a box for wildlife simulates these natural homes in which animals can be protected and comfortable, if built and maintained correctly. Place houses on different sides of your house or in different corners of the yard.

You can expect to see birds such as Tree Swallows, Bluebirds, Chickadees, Titmice, House Wrens, and Nuthatches. But then I checked their website and they have a map where you look up what color to paint your bat house For my area, I need dark brown or gray. Obviously, the success of the design depends on its water-holding capacity, and that capacity is based on natural principles we’ve only now begun to rediscover as we move into the era of limited water supplies. Dry between coats and allow final coat to dry throughly before setting up your birdhouse outdoors.

Malcolm Wells, a Cape Cod architect and illustrator, has over 40 years of experience designing and building environmentally-minded bird structures. Birdhouses that do not use nesting materials such as those for flickers and woodpeckers should have its floor covered with a layer of sawdust or ground cork. The goal of building the birdhouses is for different communities on campus to express their interests through the designs.

Once you have decided on what type of bird house to buy, you must place the bird house in a location that is suitable for the birds’ preferred habitat. It does not matter if you are new to woodworking, or a seasoned professional, you are sure to benefit from the information contained in this birdhouse building guide. When I initially decided to design an underground birdhouse I thought, naturally, of a conventional one set beneath the ground.

This may prove to help predators have access to the inside of your bird house and the young baby birds before they are ready to fledge. There are literally dozens of good birdhouse plans to be found on the Net, many of which are in the public domain, and useful for groups building houses, and building houses for sale. However, newly made bird houses need to be set out in winter to weather and air out. These free purple martin bird house plans provided graciously by Purple Martin Landlord John Balga of Ontario, Canada.

He listed examples such as a Fraternity and Sorority Life birdhouse, a GLBT Center birdhouse and a Sustainability birdhouse. I use it to make simple, rustic birdhouses and bird feeders which I then sell at flea markets or wholesale to garden centers around town. My goal through my blog is to inspire others to get crafty with my easy DIY tutorials, kid friendly activities & recipes.