Rustic wood birdhouses, made from recycled fence board.

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Project by GpasHood posted 05-02-2009 09:32 PM 13153 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All of these birdhouses are made from one 71\2 inch wide, 4 ft. old fence board, and a twig. I have come up with three different styles. I plan to start adding tin roofs to them from my old pool I took down this year. I plan on adding some color to some of them too in the future, looking at organic no voc paint at the moment. I am also going to make a good cutting diagram for these birdhouses, if anybody wants them, send me a message and I will get one to you.

-- Gpa, Kansas,

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#1 posted 05-02-2009 09:47 PM

Wow, that was quick! I just love those “old” bird houses. Nice job. Hope you have some Grand kids or neighbor kids to teach that “green” building is COOL.
Doug in AZ.

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#2 posted 05-02-2009 10:11 PM

Hey these things are for the birds. fun project well done. I’ve seen them with old licence plates for roofs.

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#3 posted 05-02-2009 10:45 PM

Nice. I’d take off the stick. Look into hole size for birds in your area. The chickadee likes a diamond shape hole! 3 1/2” X 3/4” . Like this <> , Swallows like small holes too, no perch. That’s where predators sit. Like crows and starlings. Good projects for the kids. A bird house is more than a hole in a box.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 05-02-2009 11:07 PM

Wow, thanks for the comments, and thanks for the info mtnwild.

-- Gpa, Kansas,

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#5 posted 05-03-2009 03:09 AM

Great idea and fun to make.
I have made lots of them sized from Chickadees to Wood Ducks and Owls.
I agree with mtnwild, if you want the birds to use the next boxes you need to make them to the birds specifications not just what looks good. That means the size of the box, hole, depth of the box below the hole and “predator” perch. Starlings and jays love to raid small birds nests for eggs and young so the size of the entrance can be critical to protecting them and keeping the raiders out. Some birds are particular about where you hang the house, including how high of the ground it is.
Bat houses are also fun to build. You might want to check them out too.

-- Les B, Oregon

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