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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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building blue bird houses

mine need replacing,what have you built?

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I have used the bluebird house with the hole for years but am going to try the Peterson (?) with the slot the full length so if sparrows intrude the bluebird can escape easier.

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I literally just built one last night out of scrape wood. I was cutting logs on the saw mill on Saturday and some of the boards were cut wrong due to 'User Error', I decided to make Bluebird Houses. The plan is to go to the local hardware store and pick up some conduit to affix the birdhouse to.
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Hope you're sitting down.................

I make mine from empty, plastic coffee cans.

I punch drain holes in the bottom. I punch vent holes around the circumference an inch or so below the top. I cut the proper size entrance hole. I spray paint the lid with light gray primer. I take off the lid.............drywall screw the can to a tree or post and put the lid on. Often, I'll place a 1/2 pound - 1 pound, flat rock on top to discourage monkey business from prying predators.

The can on the pole in my front yard has reared upwards of 15 - 20 broods.

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I made the trover slotted house, similar to petersons. Have had success with bluebirds using them. My biggest problem is English sparrows. I did get a trap to place in the box, when they go in the trap door closes & they can't get out. I ended up with 9 sparrows that didn't make it last year
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I've always just grabbed a plan from google when we've built boxes. We've only used the type with an entrance hole (not a horizontal slot), but sparrows aren't really an issue at our place. Just use whatever scrap wood we have on hand at the time and usually put a coat of some random paint on it. We've had lots of use by bluebirds, but the tree swallows use them a lot too.

This one that my son built with me when he was 7 has been a favorite with the birds over the years.

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