SMALL BIRD HOUSE PLANMeasurements for the small bird house plan will suit small to medium sized birds but can be enlarged.
Materials for building the free bird house plan are items that are easy to obtain at local stores.
All measurements for the free small bird house plan are Metric and sizes that are bracketed have been converted into Imperial lengths.
Did you know that birds can be enticed to your small bird house in winter?
Birds free from captivity will always roost in areas that provide protection from the weather.
Heating your bird house guarantees you have year round residents
Free bird house plans
Cut a doorway opening into the front of the small bird house before fixing the front panel to the bird house. Birds nest inside holes in old trees. Where there are no natural holes they may use a bird house. Birds will use a small bird house if the entrance hole is suitable.
Build a small bird house
Height of the small bird house plans front panel will be 400 mm ( 16 inches ) plus the thickness of the floor panel.
The width of the bird house front will be 300 mm ( 12 inches ) plus twice the thickness of a side panel.
Free small bird house plan
The height of the free bird house plans side will be 350 millimeters ( 14 inches )
at the back and 400 mm( 16 inches ) at the front.
The length of the bird house side will be 300 mm ( 12 inches )
Base and roof is designed with the required overhang
Compact bird houses are better for natural climate control in cold weather.
A small bird house built close to the size of the bird remains warmer by trapping heat.
Sides of the free small bird house plan are placed with the shortest end positioned to the rear of the bird house.
This will allow water to run off the roof towards the back of the small bird house. All fasteners should be driven into the bird house frame (if fitted) from the outside of the panels and forced below the surface of the plywood.
Building a small bird houseBasic tools required to build the free bird house plan
A square will also be required to mark lines that are at right angles. If a jig saw or rip saw is available building the free small bird house plan is easier. Handsaws and coping saws will substitute.
Wood rasps can be used to bring the roost box panels to a flush fit. Power sanders are suitable for the dressing up of the birds home. Start sanding of the roost box with a course grade sand paper and then to a medium and finally a fine grade sandpaper. Painting will complete the birds roost box. Select an exterior grade paint that is lead free. A water based paint is preferred for finishing the bird box.
Plans for a roosting boxSide panels of the roosting box plan are the same.
If the sides of the birds box panels have a textured surface ensure that identical surfaces on the small bird box plan are correctly positioned.
bird box and bird roostsWhen pets move into the roosting box have them stay for the entire year by warming their new home. A warm bird box and bird roost is a special treat.
Build a small roost boxThe height of the back panel will be 350 mm ( 14 inches ) plus the thickness of the floor panel. The width of the roost box back panel will be 300 mm ( 12 inches ) plus twice the thickness of a side panel. The roost box back panel will create stability to the roosting box.
Keep the edges of the roost box back flush with
the side and base edges of the pets home.
Check that the small roost box is square
before fixing the roost box panels together.
Free roosting box plan
The length of the roosting box roof is 400 millimeters ( 16 inches ) The width of the roof is 350 mm ( 14 inches )
An overlapping edge has been designed into the roosting box plans to stop rain or snow from hitting the walls of the box. The overlapping bird box roof also prevents floor damp.
The door opening of the roosting box plan is flush with the bottom of the floor & have a height of 300 millimeters ( 12 inches ) and a width of 150 millimeters ( 6 inches )
Plan for a small bird box
The measurements for the small bird box plan are for a medium sized bird with a height of 250 mm ( 10 inches ).
Length and width of the bird box base will be 300 mm ( 12 " )
Internal framing is placed on top of the bird box base and flush to the edges.
Screw, glue and nail the internal framing of the bird box from the underside of the base and into the framing.
Internal framing of the small bird box is fixed from the bottom box panel and into the timber framing to reduce splitting. Sides of the small bird box are positioned flush with the bird box base bottom.
Free plan for a small bird box
INSULATING A SMALL BIRD BOX
A box for birds can be warmed with a small bird box heater and insulation. Place insulation on the outside of the small bird box to protect insulation from any aggressive birds. Light weight wooden panels pinned to the small bird box for shielding increases insulation.
A heater can be fitted onto your new bird box
Warming your bird box in winter will invite birds to nest in your small bird box all year.
Several pet heaters are displayed on this web site designed for providing warmth for birds.
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