6 Blue Bird Houses with a slot opening and front opening door.
I think I’m done now. Well, no, I still have to brand them with my insignia. And I might make an Alpine Meadows brand after my father’s Angus brand. So that makes these identical 6, plus the lid-opening / hole entry, plus the proto-house that I converted to a wren house by laying a smaller 1″ hole over the original 1.5″ hole. The bluebirds brood up to 3 times in a season, so if I get these in place soon they might find tenants this summer.
Hanging hardware solution- my radial arm saw cuts metal as well as wood, with the same blade. A three foot section of pre-drilled and offset galvanized steel made 6″ sections for each house. This will make anchoring to a fence pole easy and secure.
Pull the pin to unlock the door, it swivels upward and the old nest can be cleaned out.
Bluebirds prefer a slot, while Starlings and Sparrows don’t; so new design ditches the hole for a slot (1 8/30 high).
I found some new info on bluebirds, showing that they prefer slot openings and it deters other birds. I also didn’t like the open-top box, for structural reasons as well as access for cleaning. This design is tighter, stronger, and comparatively seamless- it should shrug off Montana winters much more effectively.
The open-top model leads to structural issues over seasons, and the open-front makes cleaning simpler. The lock is just a copper pin that pierces the outer wall and seats into the door.
The back panel has a big hanging hasp left over from another project, and the bottom will anchor to the pole with a screw through a predrilled hole from underneath through the back. The arc of holes over the hasp are air holes, and the sides have half-inch air gaps near the peak.
As long as most of the afternoon was spent figuring out the prototype, might as well take a few more minutes to crank out another with the remaining length of board.
This model has every upgrade possible, let’s hope the birdies move in.