In your birdhouse plans you must incorporate a design that adds to inhabitants’ safety. Simple things such as the size of the access hole and how the birdhouse is mounted can be life-and-death decisions. The access hole must be large enough to allow easy ingress and egress, but small enough to discourage predators, such as snakes or other birds and animals. Mount your birdhouse such as to keep it out of reach of predators such as cats or squirrels. For instance a birdhouse mounted on a six-foot pole, with the pole smeared with petroleum jelly or hot pepper would be sufficient disincentive for a hungry cat looking for a dinner date in your birdhouse. Pointing the access hole away from the direction of prevailing winds would also contribute to protecting the winged creatures from harm. Keep your birdhouse free of any protruding parts that could harm your birds, such as screws or nails.
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Bacteria flourishes in a wet environment. Presence of drainage is an important requirement in installing a birdhouse. This prevents mold growth and bacterial contamination which can harm the entire colony. Paint, most of which contains toxic fumes and substances, should not be used because chipped portions may appear as food to the birds. An ideal birdhouse should simulate the birds’ natural environment for them to feel really at home. Thus, aside from sufficient availability of food, the dwelling should be located nearby water sources for the birds to drink and bathe in. The bird bath should have a heater installed during winter to prevent water from freezing.
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Following these steps will yield a replica birdhouse that with proper placement and maintenance will provide years of enjoyment. We recommend that the houses be located in a shady, sheltered area to minimize weathering and that the birdhouses be moved inside during the winter months. With time, the replica birdhouse will need to be refinished.
When determining the size of your bird house it’s important to consider not only the structure you are replicating, but also how the completed bird house will be mounted and displayed and how many nesting chambers your birdhouse will feature. Typically, our custom replica birdhouses are about 2′ wide x 3′ deep x 16″-18″ tall, and feature two nesting boxes.
One of the most important things to have when building a birdhouse, other than the wood, are the tools. You don’t need too many tools to build a good quality birdhouse. All that I ever use when I build a birdhouse are a miter saw, bandsaw, jigsaw, drill press, and a nail gun. There are many other tools that you could use when building a birdhouse but these are the only ones I ever find myself using.
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