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Recycled Birdhouses: Cheap, Quick, and Easy

By klc
November 29, 2014

You can make a birdhouse in two minutes or less from an empty one-gallon water jug or a discarded flower pot.

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Name: Marcia Hall

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marciahall12
Nov 29, 2014 1:33 AM CST
Isn't that hole WAY too large? Will let any quantity of predators in. Crows, snakes, racoons.....
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Nov 29, 2014 6:32 AM CST
Great idea, Kim! I have a few birdhouses and enjoy seeing the Carolina chickadee's nest in them. I don't know if the hole is too big or not, but we have had a snake climb up the 6-foot pole and get into our birdhouse that only has an opening of about 1-1/2".
Vickie
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Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Nov 29, 2014 3:13 PM CST
Marcia... You can adjust the size of the hole if you need to. I have mine under my awning of my house so predators would have a really hard time getting to them... so far so good. We really don't have too many snakes etc. here. The only thing I have to deal with is I have occasionally had wasps build nests in them after the birds leave. I just take the jug down and throw it way in that case.

TY Vickie... a snake would have to crawl up the side of my house and across the supports of my awing to get into ours... not saying one couldn't if it really had the desire though!! LOL
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Nov 30, 2014 11:23 AM CST
I wonder how this would do for Purple Martins? Probably too thin.

I would advise using a soldering iron to melt small holes in the bottom in case of rain getting in. Drain holes would also provide better air flow (especially in the warmer climates).
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Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Nov 30, 2014 12:20 PM CST
Good idea Becky. Mine are under the awing of my house so no need for rain/wind protection for me but a good idea for others.....I have also left the lid of the jug off for air flow also.....
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Nov 30, 2014 6:07 PM CST
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