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Takes 15 minutes to make. Easy to clean. Easy to mount. Hidden mounting screws.

Need (1) 5 ft. board, a hinge, couple screws, couple nails.

As usual, go to my blog for the full step-by-step.

http://diyandsimplify.blogspot.com/2...se-cost-0.html

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Enjoy - and let me know if you have any suggestions or concerns.
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My grand kids and I love these simple projects. It gives the young ones a sense of accoplishment and they get to watch the birds use their house all summer long. This past winter we all made birdhouse gourd houses.
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That's a nice quick plan, but do away with the perch. Bluebirds don't need them and it will allow other bird species to attack and take over the nest. It also provides a nice shelf for cats and other predators.

Here is a link with some more information on establishing a bluebird trails and additional plans for nesting boxes.
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/b...ird/trails.htm

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I like projects like that; I've built dozens of varying birdhouses for our yard out of leftover or found wood.

For bluebirds, I've used the plan at:

http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/b...e/enestbox.htm

I haven't seen any bluebirds in our yard yet, but other species seem to move in & enjoy the houses.
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My grand kids and I love these simple projects. It gives the young ones a sense of accoplishment and they get to watch the birds use their house all summer long. This past winter we all made birdhouse gourd houses.
Love to hear that - it's the greatest of pleasures (the time with the young ones, not necessarily the birds). Let me know if you give this plan a chance - hope it goes well for you. Thanks for the comment
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I like projects like that; I've built dozens of varying birdhouses for our yard out of leftover or found wood.

For bluebirds, I've used the plan at:

http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/b...e/enestbox.htm

I haven't seen any bluebirds in our yard yet, but other species seem to move in & enjoy the houses.
This is live video of the bluebirds using my house. one day after mounting it. It'll happen, my friend (you can also get the same video on my blog) :)

http://youtu.be/yczkrwjvBZw
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That's a nice quick plan, but do away with the perch. Bluebirds don't need them and it will allow other bird species to attack and take over the nest. It also provides a nice shelf for cats and other predators.

Here is a link with some more information on establishing a bluebird trails and additional plans for nesting boxes.
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/b...ird/trails.htm
I hear you on the perch. My birds seem to like them, though. You can see them using it here (they seem to like it a lot more when I'm not hovering over them with my cellphone....)

http://youtu.be/yczkrwjvBZw


I would call myself (and the birds) lucky because in 3 years I've never had an issue with predators. However, with each passing year the birds show up, that is bound to change. I appreciate the link and the comment - thanks.
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I live on a farm and we have several barn cats, so I have to be careful with birdhouses. Here is a picture of our calico cat using a wren house as a perch to go after birds coming to the feeders.
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smart cat.....poor birds....nice picture
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My grand kids and I love these simple projects. It gives the young ones a sense of accoplishment and they get to watch the birds use their house all summer long. This past winter we all made birdhouse gourd houses.

I have yet to try making gourd houses. How are they holding up? I think both a wooden and/or gourd bird house would make a great present for a lady friend of mine (who luckily doesn't have any bird-stalking cats).
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I've made mine out of old rough cut barn boards that have been sitting out in the weather for about 15 years. They are fir and I didn't bother with smoothing them, painting them or anything else - just cut them up and nailed them together. I have some that have been out for 7 years and they are still going strong.

I'm sure if you were to make some for a lady friend you would want to pretty them up a bit - I can't remember what is recommended for finishing them, but info is in some of the links listed earlier.

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I have yet to try making gourd houses. How are they holding up? I think both a wooden and/or gourd bird house would make a great present for a lady friend of mine (who luckily doesn't have any bird-stalking cats).
We have a couple gourd bird houses that have been in use for 6 years. I always bring them into a barn for the winter months. After drying, cleaning, boring, and cleaning the inside I put a couple coats of boiled linseed oil on them.

If you're thinking of gifts you can always paint the gourds in cool looking colors or even paint pictures on them.
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That's a nice quick plan, but do away with the perch. Bluebirds don't need them and it will allow other bird species to attack and take over the nest. It also provides a nice shelf for cats and other predators.

Here is a link with some more information on establishing a bluebird trails and additional plans for nesting boxes.
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/b...ird/trails.htm

So I took your advice and made another one. Took away the perch and used my extra piece to make a wren guard, instead. Took away a threat and added more protection. Took the same amount of time. Already have new birds for this house, too.



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That's great! It'll be a few more weeks before I even start looking for bluebirds.

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