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Just finished my first Bluebird House. Easy design out of a single piece of 1X6X6 cedar. Took about an hour to assemble. Hope to put it up tomorrow!!!
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#1 posted 05-25-2013 11:12 PM
Better start building more. When one bluebird finds it, others will follow, and they’ll be looking for “accommodations” :-)
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#2 posted 05-26-2013 12:24 AM
Yeah – we had one (or maybe more) bluebirds that kept crashing into our house windows trying to get inside to next.
This first one was almost too simple,though. Might have to play with the design a bit. Anyone know of any more creative bluebird house plans?
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#3 posted 05-26-2013 03:52 AM
Looks like there are going to be some happy Blue Birds around your house doc.Nice job.
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#4 posted 05-26-2013 11:44 AM
We have been “hosting” bluebirds for years here in MN. The latest push on houses is the Gilbertson house. I made a couple of them as they are supposed to be what they prefer and will supposedly discourage English sparrows. But, the sparrows have taken over the new design and the blue birds seem to prefer the older wooden ones like you have done and also the traditional style that has more a triangular side. Do everything you can to discourage the English sparrows if you have them in your area – basically an invasive species which will kill the blue birds or destroy their nest and take over the houses. Glad to see that you are putting up houses. Keep at it and put in a few more. The blue birds offer such a wonderful site in the fields and yards. Thanks for sharing.
-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!
#5 posted 05-26-2013 11:52 AM
@jackthelab …I seem to remember reading that the size of the hole has a BUNCH to do with which birds will take to the house. Doesn’t that apply to the bluebird/sparrow issue also?
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#6 posted 05-26-2013 04:38 PM
Entrance hole size has a lot to do with what birds safely use the house. The English sparrow is hard to discourage but keeping the entrance as small as the Blue Birds can use helps. Also making the the wood around the hole extra thick will help prevent predators like Jays, Starlings, and sparrows from reaching inside to eat the eggs and kill the hatchlings. I have just used a overlaid collar 3/4-1” thick with the same size hole. If your entrance hole is already to large you can use the collar to reduce the hole size.Most Blue Bird houses I have seen taper in width from top to bottom. The primary reason for this is that is doesn’t require the birds to gather as much nesting material. Also some fiberglass window screen material fastened to the inside below the entrance hole helps the fledglings climb up and get out when they are ready.Plow and Hearth magazine’s web site has some great info on Blue Bird nests.
-- Les B, Oregon
#7 posted 05-26-2013 05:19 PM
Yeah – I’ve read a lot about predators and these houses. I hadn’t planned on doing the collar or the screen but you just convinced me on both counts. Easy fixes. Thanks Les! I’ll check out Plow and Hearth.
To all of you – we have a few (perhaps a bunch) of bluebirds around our property. For my money they’re one of the most beautiful species around. I am definitely planning on putting up a few more. Thanks for the comments and encouragement!
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