We’ve had so much luck with our bird feeders that we thought it was high time we had some houses in our trees too. Besides, there are some fellas in residence here that are always itching to use the tools, and really what more classic boy project is there than a birdhouse?
Our most frequent visitors are chickadees, so, after a good deal of searching, we decided that we’d try these simple little houses made from PVC pipe. I would have preferred wood, but we don’t have all the right tools for that, and these looked manageable for young craftsmen…. with some help that is.
We used a different kind of end cap for the top, so it’s harder to see in the photo, but it IS closed. We also put a little petroleum jelly around the part where the top fits into the pipe to help weatherproof it a little.
Now, as we’ve just hung them, I can’t vouch for whether or not the birds dig ’em, but I can say this… they’re super easy and offer lots of opportunity for kid assistance.
Earlier today we noticed a little chickadee fella poking about the house. You can’t imagine the faces pressed against the window, and the hushed squeals, “Go in! Go in! It’s nice in there! Come on PLEEEEAAAASE?!?!?!”
Needless to say, our fingers are all firmly crossed.
Have you guys had any success with bird houses? We’d sure love to welcome some feathered residents, so any tips you have would be much appreciated!