Idea I had for protecting birdhouses I have not seen elsewhere

lucille(Houston)March 1, 2013

What about enclosing each birdhouse in a cube of grids? Many people are using powdercoated metal grids now to make guinea pig cages, they are storage grids meant for building shelves for closets, the grids are 14" square with openings that are 1 1/2". It is easy to make a cube using zip ties although they do sell hard plastic circular connectors.
If the cage was inside, squirrels and cats could not get in. The cubes could be suspended from trees. Of course you could still tailor the actual cage hole size too.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm not following. I'd like to, though.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 3:17PM
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The birdhouse would be inside a cube made of grids. Nothing larger than 1 1/2" could get in, so the birds could fly through the grids but the squirrels and other larger predators could not. Sort of like a birdhouse in a cage, but the cage is to keep varmints out, not birds in.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 7:00PM
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I know what your talking about. You would have to build the grids out a bit to keep the food "way past arms length". I don't know how much good it would do, though, it would just give them a place to hang onto. But I do applaud your effort.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 9:25AM
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Have decided to put up 4x4s, screw the grid cubes onto them, and put the birdhouses inside. Even if a critter sits on a cube it would have to reach in farther than 8" just to get to the opening of the house.

This post was edited by lucille on Mon, Mar 11, 13 at 7:37

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 8:51AM
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I would love to see pictures! Please post some when you finish the project. It seems like a good idea to me.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 11:14AM
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terrene(5b MA)

Lucille, it's certainly an interesting project, and worth experimenting I think! Let us know how it works.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 8:34PM
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