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Project by MontanaBob posted 1128 days ago 1686 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife wanted a bird house for her flower garden…..this is it….She said it needed to be nice looking (finished)...I said that birds wouldn’t have anything to do with it, with a finish on it…..It’s been up two months now….NO BIRDS…..So if you want birds to move in make it out of rough weathered lumber. If it looks like a tree they will use it…..

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future





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john

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#1 posted 1128 days ago

Nice job !
I use a waterseal and once it dry the birds move right in .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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woodman1962

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#2 posted 1128 days ago

Maybe after the smell of the finish goes away
I finish my with a sealer and that is all and a lot of birds come to them
if you read about birds some are very picky

-- jjhollyawc@yahoo.com

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William

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#3 posted 1128 days ago

In a lot of areas, like here where I live in Mississippi, if you don’t have your bird house out by early spring, you usually are lucky to get anything besides squirrels or chipmunks in it before the following spring. So the beauty or lack thereof of the wood, ir finish, probably has little to do with it.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Tag84

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#4 posted 1128 days ago

they are just spoiled if they refuse to go in there! looks cozy nice work :)

-- -Thomas -

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Bertha

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#5 posted 1128 days ago

Wow, I really like this one. I like the thickness of the stock for some odd reason. It makes it very visually appealing to me in ways that I can’t quite describe. Excellent!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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jroot

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#6 posted 1127 days ago

I like this one also. Good lookin’ home for our feathered friends. Well done.

Personally, I don’t finish, because the sun causes disaster with finishes. Once finished, always refinishing.

-- jroot

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rdlaurance

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#7 posted 1126 days ago

A beautiful birdhouse and from my experience I would have to respectfully disagree with you, Bob. It certainly looks like a very livable house. More than outward appearances, what will determine its livability status is …. as William pointed out above…

.... When the house is set up for occupancy. It could have been that the timing was just too late. Late winter is the very best time that I’ve found. That gives the birds a chance to look it over… try it out for fit… so to say. And then cleaning it out… wonderful that you included a hinged roof for this purpose… should occur in the late autumn.

Also the size of the hole is extremely important for what type of birds you’re desiring to attract. Here in the south of Sweden by changing the hole from 25mm to 32mm (just 6mm difference) we would attract Blue Tits and Marsh Tits at the small size to Great Tits and Sparrows toward the larger end. Increasing larger still very gradually by the millimeter would then begin to attract other birds like starlings and a host of still others … all dependent upon the size of the hole and additionally the height from floor to hole and overall size of the interior space. Seems birds can be pretty choosy about their interior design more so than what their ‘neighbors’ will think of their painted or non-painted exteriors.

Additionally, if you have squirrels in your neighborhood, you located what could be a very defensible rearing place for the babies (birdhouse on a metal post) into an easily indefensible fortress next to a fence and tree. A squirrel could easily jump from the fence (or tree) to the top of the house and because of the dormer entrance having a nice perch, this could be a great diner for eating eggs or young babies. Birds analyze these aspects as well.

In reality, most all birds do not require the little perch that seems stereotypical of birdhouses, and in fact these serve in a negative manner as perches for critters like magpies and squirrels to conveniently dine on the eggs or young, if unprotected… which they frequently are.

My recommendation would be (if you have no squirrels in your area) to wait until next Spring before you put down your beautiful creation. If you’ve got squirrels, I would suggest moving the birdhouse and pole to a safe distance unaccessable to them.

In conclusion… I love the design of your house. I think it is beautiful.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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learnin2do

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#8 posted 1126 days ago

I was worried about that, and all those hole specifics RD pointed out…but, mostly i was just trying to please the recipient as well! We figured some creature might like it, at least once it starts weathering a bit! Squirrels and Magpies have to eat too!
I like yours, and i bet your wife does too!

-- christine

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MontanaBob

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#9 posted 1126 days ago

I made the hole big enough for a finch, which we have plenty, at least eating at the feeder. I thought it might have been put out a little late for the birds to move in, so we’ll see what happens next year…. I don’t have to worry about squirrels or magpies…. Thanks for all your comments and helpful ideas…...Bob

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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MontanaGirl

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#10 posted 982 days ago

Bob
I love this birdhouse. You really do great work. Glad you told me about this!
Carol

-- MontanaGirl

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