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Can u make birdhouses out of decking boards
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suspect that since you are intending to provide shelter for birds, there are more suitable materials that may not harm them. treated lumber is still a question as to its exposure and health. I personally would use something else.
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I'll 2nd Tim's response... Find a construction site someplace and ask the supervisor if you can pick a few scraps.

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You could use cedar fence boards. That stuff holds up pretty good in the weather.
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If you do a bit of searching you will find that material for bird houses is a much debated topic. Many do not recommend western red cedar, apparently birds do not like the scent, and will not nest in the trees in the wild.
Another no, no is the common practice of using old license plates for the roof, the metal gets the interior too hot in the sun.
As for decking boards that would depend, treated is not advised, composite material seems to be generally accepted.

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As Frank points out, building birdhouses is actually quite technical if you really want birds to move in and occupy the house. Birds can be particular in choosing their homes - some prefer 5ft from the ground while others like 15 ft - some want small openings while others prefer larger openings. And yes - metal roofs are not their favorite. Some birds will not occupy painted houses in fear of attracting attention.

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As Frank points out, building birdhouses is actually quite technical if you really want birds to move in and occupy the house. Birds can be particular in choosing their homes - some prefer 5ft from the ground while others like 15 ft - some want small openings while others prefer larger openings. And yes - metal roofs are not their favorite. Some birds will not occupy painted houses in fear of attracting attention.
Exactly, there are two kinds of bird houses, ones that birds nest in and ones that decorate a yard or in many cases a living room.

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Might depend on the deck board my last 3 or 4 have been 1X4 fir decking, I also made a couple out of Meranti scraps. I'd stay away from PT lumber, and think any species naturally insect and water resistant is a good choice

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