Win a copy of Building Community this week in the City Repair forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • paul wheaton
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Mike Haasl
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • r ranson
  • James Freyr
  • Burra Maluca
master gardeners:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
  • Ash Jackson
  • thomas rubino
  • Carla Burke
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will make a bird house for a specific species of bird.  

Here's a nice youtube video of making an Eastern Bluebird house:

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - it must be designed for a specific species of bird
 - natural wood and steel/wood fasteners (no glue, plywood, stain, paint)
 - must be able to open for cleaning

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a pic of the bird house under construction
 - post a pic of your finished bird house in its final mounted location
 - say what bird species it is designed for, how this design is a good match for that bird, and why you would like more of that bird in this area, and some dimensional specifics

Posts: 318
Location: Zone 8b Portland
forest garden fungi food preservation
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Here’s my in progress bird house. It’s made from a cedar log. I cut the sides off and then screwed them back together. I still need to get the proper hole saw.
[Thumbnail for 6C160D56-8679-4367-8629-9892C8921DE8.jpeg]
[Thumbnail for 59826363-BBA3-4F93-AE46-F8E94C3D1A3C.jpeg]
[Thumbnail for F5A4DB9F-C696-4AA0-8D1E-9D98635BE999.jpeg]
[Thumbnail for C0C66498-B25E-430C-8785-72DDDEE3E038.jpeg]
[Thumbnail for E4229F56-4457-43B1-8C77-812288571B75.jpeg]
master steward
Posts: 7770
Location: Northern WI (zone 4)
hunting trees books food preservation solar woodworking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I wanted to put in a wood duck nest box over our small pond in the back yard.  Wood ducks are gorgeous and I haven't seen one in a decade or two so I figured this might help the situation.  I used entrance hole and nest box sizing recommendations from the USDA and some websites.  The chunk of trunk is 24" tall (2" of that is the bottom) and it's 12" in diameter with about 1/2-1" walls.  The hole is an oval that's 4" wide and 3" tall.  If you're building your own, check out all the duck house info online to get some plans (unless you're using a log like I did)...

I cut down some tamarack trees to make fence posts and saved a chunk from the butt of the biggest one to make a natural birdhouse from.  I carved a slab off for the removable back of the house.  I noodled the inside out with the chainsaw (pain in the butt) and put a slot in the bottom for drainage and shrinkage of the log.  The top is a piece of cedar.  The back pivots on a screw and is held shut with a piece of wire wrapping around another screw.  It's mounted to another piece of tamarack that's pounded down into the bottom of the pond.
[Thumbnail for 20190430_154057_resized.jpg]
[Thumbnail for 20190430_154737_resized.jpg]
Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

I certify this BB is complete.

Your mother is a hamster and your father smells of tiny ads!
Rocket Mass Heater Manual - now free for a while
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic