|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 06-02-2011 07:54 PM||1494 views||6 times favorited||12 comments|
I have the okay to install a birdhouse on the patio of my mom’s nursing home. I’m not sure they will let me install the big one so I made a single as well. They are made from Cedar and unfinished so they will weather and turn gray. I think they will be more appealing to the birds that way. The fronts, backs and floors are 3/4”. The roofs are 5/8” and the backs are 1/2”. They are made to the published specs for Wren houses except they are 1” deeper. the holes are 1 1/4”. I did not want the dados to show so I lock mitered the front corners and rabbeted the back edges. They are glued with Titebond III and nailed too.
They have the following features for nesting houses:
No perch for predators to roost on.
Ventilation on top of all compartments.
Drainage at the bottom of all compartments.
Rough surface inside and out for the chicks to be able to climb on.
Double thick front hole to prevent predators from reaching the eggs or chicks.
Removable back for cleaning out old nests.
There are 4 T-nuts in the bottom for mounting to a steel plate that is welded to a pole.
The link below gives the dimensions for houses for certain birds:
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