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Here’s a simple project requested by my brother. The one on the left is a bat house made from cedar. One cedar fence slat is all it took. 6” wide and 1/2” thick made the perfect rough sawn board.

The one on the right is the bird house. It made from pine, primed and painted.

Both projects were built from plans my brother gave me from the Ohio DNS Division of Wildlife.

-- Eric





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-12-2012 12:46 AM

NICE!

I’ve been interested in making a bat house for some time…

Can you share a Link to the plans?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Eric

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#2 posted 07-12-2012 01:07 AM

Here is a similar booklet with the same bat house plan.

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/9/pdf/pub419.pdf

-- Eric

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 07-12-2012 01:31 AM

Eric,

Thank you…

What is hinged on the bottom?
... the bottom… or the front?

Nice file!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 07-12-2012 02:14 AM

Eric, I read somewhere when looking for plans for a bird house that one would have a better chance of birds moving in if the house was not painted…I’ve mentioned this before I think on this site….someone said that it didn’t matter…..So if you have birds move in drop me a line…The one I did paint (no birds), had some wasps start a nest in there….got rid of them….the two that I didn’t paint the birds moved into this spring…..Just a thought….Thanks for posting that site….

-- 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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dust4tears

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#5 posted 07-12-2012 04:14 AM

I am kind of a bird/bird house junkie….so, when I say this….it is coming from a LOT of research and years of knowledge.

Birds..(no matter the bird) do not care what so ever what color their dwelling is. It can be pink polka dots…it doesnt matter. What DOES MATTER is the ‘hole size’. Birds can be VERY selective and require a specific hole sizes. Individual birds can be ‘picky’ and have specific dimensions they look for inside. Others do not nest in a closed dwelling.
The only thing to keep in mind when you paint, is you usually want it to be ‘latex’ (water base.) That way if the birds start picking at it, it doesnt hurt the baby birds. (Also, YOU NEVER what to paint the ‘hole’ itself…because of the same reason)

To ‘combat’ the bees and wasps finding homes in there, rub SOAP to the inside roof. I use my wifey’s ‘Dove’ soap. (Not her exact one, I use one I keep for this purpose…) The bee and wasp nest CANNOT ‘stick’ to the soap.

I use the soap in all bird houses and on my kids’ playhouses….so the bees/wasps do not stick to it…. TRY IT~

Also, just because birds do not ‘live’ in the house for a season or two….It is the particular ‘pickyness’ of the bird.

I have been trying to ‘attract’ owls and kestrals for a couple of seasons now….It is ‘hit and miss’.

Here is a link to Bathouse plans~

http://www.batconservation.org/drupal/free_plans

It is a great resource for bats!

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#6 posted 07-12-2012 05:28 AM

dust4tears:

Thank you… very good…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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ElmoSr

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#7 posted 07-12-2012 10:11 AM

thanks for the bat house links birds just nest in my shop no house needed

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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Eric

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#8 posted 07-12-2012 12:46 PM

Montana – I’ve never heard that. Its an interesting thought. I’ll guess I’ll just wait and see.

-- Eric

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Eric

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#9 posted 07-12-2012 12:52 PM

Dust – Oops. I painted the hole. Again, I guess I’ll just wait and see at this point. I like the soap idea. I’ve actually tried that method to deter birds….. not from bird houses but from nesting in a trellis over our deck. You’re probably not surprised when I say the soap even smelly bug spray on the wood didn’t keep the birds away.

Do bird have a sense of smell??

-- Eric

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john

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#10 posted 07-13-2012 12:53 AM

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