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hazetguy Wed May 20, 2009 1:15 pm

i need some non-VW related activities, and we just bought a house with a good sized yard and a lot of trees, both on our property and the neighbors'. there is a stream/creek at the very back of the property.
there are several old (hand made) birdhouses scattered about, but they are well past their useful days and will be going in the scrap pile soon.
i'd like to build a few birdhouses since there are many birds around here. anyone have any good plans for birdhouses? any hints or tips? not looking to build anything extremely exotic, although interesting designs are welcome.
what types of wood work well (i have access to a lot of recycled lumber)?
here's a list of local birds that might use them once built. http://asheville.wbu.com/content/show/9266

Glenn Wed May 20, 2009 1:21 pm

http://www.freebirdhouseplans.net/

:roll:



seriously... your yard is huge and it will be nice to have the sound of birds when you sit on the deck.

hazetguy Wed May 20, 2009 1:24 pm

Glenn wrote: http://www.freebirdhouseplans.net/

i'd like some actual input rather than random website blather. i do know how to use google. :P :wink:


there are tons of birds here, it will be nice to get them closer to the house.

crofty Wed May 20, 2009 1:55 pm

I'll take a pic of the ones I threw together when I get a chance.

You could also get some working birds and build a birdhouse like this-



I have pics of the coop finished but I'll have to post them later.

alexs64 Wed May 20, 2009 1:56 pm

hazetguy wrote: Glenn wrote: http://www.freebirdhouseplans.net/

i'd like some actual input rather than random website blather. i do know how to use google. :P :wink:


there are tons of birds here, it will be nice to get them closer to the house.

Feed them...then you will have birdshit all over your property...I mean if that's what you like then go for it. Otherwise, be careful what you wish for. :twisted:

crofty Wed May 20, 2009 1:59 pm

alexs64 wrote: hazetguy wrote: Glenn wrote: http://www.freebirdhouseplans.net/

i'd like some actual input rather than random website blather. i do know how to use google. :P :wink:


there are tons of birds here, it will be nice to get them closer to the house.

Feed them...then you will have birdshit all over your property...I mean if that's what you like then go for it. Otherwise, be careful what you wish for. :twisted:

We have 2 regular feeders and 2 hummingbird feeders and get plenty of traffic. So far they could care less about the bird houses.

zozo Wed May 20, 2009 2:07 pm

I love these things. We have 4 feeders, and at dusk there'll be sometimes 25-30 of these little guys hummin' around. They're amazing little creatures and as yet have left no evidence of their presence in the way of bird crap or anything else.



Patty B. Wed May 20, 2009 2:14 pm

I love building birdhouses!

I want to build apartment buildings and bat houses to work on taking down the mosquito population.

I've seen some builders use old tin ceiling tiles bent to shape roofs--could use license plates. Also like re purposed things like tea pots.


Just make sure you have the right size hole or the Grackles and Starlings will move in first!!

my59 Wed May 20, 2009 3:19 pm

I'd rather feed them than house them- we have enough cats looking for free treats.

My grandfather used to put out rasins for the mockingbirds, and whenever pigeons started raping the seed feeder and chasing off the songbirds he'd take them out with a wrist rocket and pachinko balls.

The Sage Wed May 20, 2009 4:46 pm

I don't think you are going to get a comprehensive answer with such an open ended question.

The first thing you must do is research what kind of birds you would like, and what kind of birds habituate in your region. You should also ask neighbors, and perhaps join your local bird watching group.

http://www.americanbirdcenter.com/abc-northcarolina.html

Once you understand which opportunities you have, then you must create an environment that is appropriate to the variety you wish to attract.

I personally go for the classic "License Plate" bird house, which incorporates a sensitivity toward recycling.


Collie Wed May 20, 2009 4:52 pm

good idea with the license plate!!!

crofty Wed May 20, 2009 4:59 pm

Wow. Something from Florida that's actually useful!

Glenn Wed May 20, 2009 5:00 pm

crofty wrote: Wow. Something from Florida that's actually useful!
<< rim shot here >>

The Sage Wed May 20, 2009 5:01 pm

I picked a Florida plate specifically for Hazetguy, since he is such a fan.

hazetguy Wed May 20, 2009 5:34 pm

The Sage wrote: The first thing you must do is research what kind of birds you would like, and what kind of birds habituate in your region.
hazetguy wrote: here's a list of local birds that might use them once built. http://asheville.wbu.com/content/show/9266

The Sage wrote: I personally go for the classic "License Plate" bird house, which incorporates a sensitivity toward recycling.

hazetguy wrote: what types of wood work well (i have access to a lot of recycled lumber)?

i've read that metal roofs create too much heat inside the birdhouse. and there is no way i would use a floriDUH plate, i want to attract birds, not a yard full of stupid.

keifernet Wed May 20, 2009 5:59 pm

To me there is nothing novel about using a license plate for a birdhouse roof, it has PWT ( or PWTT) written all over it. And yes it would also transmit too much heat unless your putting it over some wood or insulating it some how.

I prefer old fence planks or barn siding. Western cedar or other natural non treated wood, natural weathering or very faded paint or stain.

Table saw/ chop saw and small T nailer gun and your imagination and your set. Except for the excellent tips about drilling and setting up the entry hole and maybe some size parameters to entice/include/exclude certain species and you should be fine.

Foxx Thu May 21, 2009 6:07 pm

nice

jmsmilin Thu May 21, 2009 6:18 pm

Cracker Barrel sells some sweet ones, we just got the 'See Rock City' one and its way cool

I think they sell on ebay too

mynameismud Thu May 21, 2009 6:27 pm

I'll have to post up a sketch in the a.m., of a birdhouse that I have yet to build.

orangeeyesore Thu May 21, 2009 6:59 pm

I think i just found what my son and I will be doing tomorrow.



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