I should tell you that there are a few things you will need to keep in mind if your going to build your first wooden bird house so you can help to keep your feathered friends safe and cozy.
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Finding What Materials For Your Wooden Bird House
The first step in an important building project is to first decide upon the material you’ll use to construct your bird house. There are a lot of materials one could use, although some will be better than others of course.
Making a birdhouse from wood is the product used most often as it’s easy to access and easy to work with and can last for years and years. Unlike some materials you could use wood won’t heat up the bird house and cook your new friends.
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Of course if you decide upon plywood for your birdhouse you’ll need to paint it to keep the environment out of the wood. You really only need to paint the outside of your birdhouse.
Painting Your Wooden Bird Houses
I mentioned that you will only need to paint the outside of your bird house should you choose a less wood or plywood but be sure you only paint the outside of the birdhouse. This will help to keep any fumes and chemicals away from any birds indoors, especially their chicks.
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I feel I should add that you never use lead based paints, inside or outside or you’ll have some loopy birds. You don’t want birds pecking and possibly eating any part of your birdhouse, if it’s been painted with lead based paint.
We found a couple of wooden birdhouses in the garage and one was stuck to an old rotting tree truck. They had seen better days but I think if I were to take the time to paint them they might just last a few more years.
Colour Choices For Your Birdhouse
The colour you choose for your birdhouse may be important to the type of bird you are attracting. Example: Colours like tans, grays, or repetitive greens or blues, will most likely attract cavity nesting birds. This is mostly because these colours are less visible to predators.
Where To Place Your Wooden Birdhouses
Where to place your new bird house is worth thinking about ahead of time as you want to be able to see your birdhouse and residence but you also want to keep them safe and feeling secure from predators.
We have a prominent place in our yard for one of our birdhouses. It’s on a tall pole that’s the center pole for a trellis behind one of our raised bed gardens. I can see it right from my work from home office. It’s on a pole that is well secured into the ground and won’t be knocked over unless you hit it with a truck.
We have some bird houses that are under trees, yet they still get the morning sun to warm up their home but shade so they don’t get over heated. We also try to place the entrance/exit where it won’t be blasted with prevailing winds.
If you have a love for birds like we do and desire more birds in your yard then building a few attractive wooden birdhouses is a great start.
Our trellis topped wooden birdhouse is a highlight in our backyard garden and I think it brings a definite character to our yard. Oh, and the birds seem to love and use it every year.