Build Your Own Backyard Birdhouses and Feeders
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(MBI) age:64 Feeders Materials ¼" or ½" galvanized or plastic hardware cloth for netting, cut to 9" × 4¾" ½" exterior grade plywood 2' × 2' Two small hinges and screws 1½" rust-resistant screws Staples Duct tape Two small screw eyes and bendable wire (optional) Instructions ➊ Measure and cut the plywood to the following dimensions: Bottom: 6" × 2½" Back: 6" × 6¾" 2 sides: 2" × 7¼" Roof: 3" × 8" Mounting strips: ½" × 6" and 2" × 10" ➋ Take a 2" × 7¼" side piece and measure and mark a point 2"
from the top on the front and back sides of the back panel. Position one side panel against the back panel with the top edge of the side on the 3" mark and the edges flush. Nail them together using the 3" mark on the back as your guide. ➎ Position and nail the front to the side as shown in the diagram. ➏ The floor piece will be recessed ½" up from the bottom edges of the front and sides. Set the floor piece in place and nail it to the front, side, and back panels. BUILD YOUR OWN BACKYARD
27 ■ 27 Job:02718 Title: Build Your Own Backyard Birdhouse & Feeders (MBI) 5/20/11 Page:27 1:57 PM Purple Martin Gourd Colony T he largest North American swallow, purple martins nest in colonies and need their birdhouses available by mid-March. The only bird species in eastern North America totally dependent on humans for nest cavities, they prefer gourd houses over any other birdhouse building material. Not only do the martins sing and fly gracefully through the air like trapeze artists,
BACKYARD BIRDHOUSES AND FEEDERS 01-96 02718.indd 8 Job:02718 Title: Build Your Own Backyard Birdhouse & Feeders (MBI) 5/20/11 Page:8 1:57 PM (MBI) Page:8 While fence posts may be convenient, nest boxes actually work better when they’re mounted on PVC pipes or freestanding metal poles. This allows you to better adjust the height and discourage a host of predators. Bird species that elect to live in birdhouses are basically searching for a cavity where they can nest, lay their eggs, and
the front edge of the 6" × 5⅜" side, so that it's lined up evenly with the back panel, also leaving ⅜" open at the bottom. Secure the lower part of the front panel to the side. 42 ■ BUILD YOUR OWN BACKYARD BIRDHOUSES AND FEEDERS 01-96 02718.indd 42 Job:02718 Title: Build Your Own Backyard Birdhouse & Feeders (MBI) 5/20/11 Page:42 1:57 PM Birdhouses 1¼" (MBI) age:42 ➐ Slip the 6" × 5" side section in place on the underside of the house. Drill pilot holes through to the front and back