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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: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
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Nov 29, 2014 3:34 PM CST
Great idea, but just for people's information, I read that a perch should not be added to a bird house. Cavity nesters don't need them and it just provides a place for house sparrows to sit and harass the inhabitants.
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Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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Nov 30, 2014 9:03 AM CST
I usually don't put one on and no one seems to mind :)
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's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Aug 3, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Yes, the birds come and go fine without them. Smiling

I really like your flower pot idea. Maybe I'll give that a try next spring. It would be fun to see what would use them. Robins tried some really odd places this spring, even using rotted out fence posts along the road.

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