for Bird Houses
Here are a few valuable
tips of interest to Bird House builders:
- Use woods that
are suitable for outdoors. Redwood, cedar, cypress and exterior grade
plywoods are all good choices. DO NOT use pressure treated woods
as they may be harmful to wildlife.
- Use only rust-resistant
hardware made of galvanized steel, aluminum, brass or stainless steel
for best results.
- Build all Bird
Houses so they can be cleaned out at least once a year to control lice.
Hinged tops or sliding bottoms are just two construction techniques
that allow for easy clean-out.
- Finish Bird Houses
with exterior grade stains or paints. When painting, choose light colors
to minimize heat absorption on hot Summer days.
- Never place a
Bird House where squirrels, cats or other bird enemies may pose a threat.
- Keep Houses away
from noisy human or automotive traffic areas.
- Drill all entrance
holes from the front side of panels until the bit tip barely comes through
the wood. Then, stop drilling and drill the remainder from the back
side to prevent splintering that could injure birds.
- If your House
will be placed where it is not protected from heavy rainfalls by eaves,
etc., it's a good idea to drill a few 1/8" diameter drainage holes in
- Hatchlings often
benefit from footholds inside the house. If your house has smooth sides,
it may be difficult for them to reach the opening. These footholds can
be provided by gluing small 1/4" square scraps of wood or dowels to
the inside surfaces...or by using a saw blade or chisel to cut a series
of horizontal grooves across surfaces to roughen them.
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Smitty questions in this issue for example birdhouse entrance