Bird Houses and Nesting Boxes

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Wright & Potter Printing Company, State Printers, 1915 - Birdhouses - 24 pages
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Page 9 - Make the entrance hole and the box itself just large enough for the bird you want — no larger. This will tend to keep out larger birds, as well as the birds' enemies, will give the bird a better chance to defend its home, and will save material. 6. Make nesting boxes of weathered wood, or paint or stain them with...
Page 9 - Where it seems best to put them in trees, choose isolated trees which can be protected against cats, squirrels, weasels, etc. 9. Ordinarily ventilation is unnecessary if the...
Page 9 - Ordinarily ventilation is unnecessary if the entrance is near the top of the box as it should be, but in very hot summers young birds are believed to have died of heat in unshaded boxes mounted on poles. Ventilation may be provided by boring...
Page 9 - Make nesting boxes of weathered wood, or paint or stain them with colored linseed oil of a neutral tint resembling dead wood or bark, or put them up in the fall that they may become weather-stained before spring.
Page 10 - A few practical details in regard to carrying out some of the above rules should be noted. If the roof of a nesting box, made of wood, is horizontal, the water will stand on it, and even if painted it will warp somewhat in drying unless covered with zinc, good roof paint, some good roofing felt or other waterproof material.

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