Build a Birdhouse Predator Guard
Birdhouses are a very attractive proposition to a predator, for obvious reasons; therefore it is a good idea to fit some sort of birdhouse guard. Birdhouses that are outside, especially during spring offer a great meal opportunity for a fox, squirrel or bird of prey. A birdhouse guard in front of the birdhouse will make the birds inside considerably safer. This guide outlines how to make a birdhouse guard. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
Making Your Birdhouse Guard
- The first step in making a birdhouse guard is to measure the entrance. Once you have the correct size, draw a circle of the same size in the middle of a block of wood.
- The next step is to draw a square around the circle measuring 2 ½” each side. Use a 1/8” drill bit and drill a hole in the lower left and upper right corners of the square. These will later be used to attach the birdhouse guard.
- You need a jigsaw for the next step. Cut out the circle that is marked in the centre of the wood and then cut out the square surrounding it. You should end up with a square of wood with a circular hole in the middle. This is the birdhouse guard and it works by making it harder for a predator to fit its head or paws/claws into the hole.
- Offer up the birdhouse guard to the front of the birdhouse, ensuring that the circular holes line up. Use screws to attach the birdhouse guard through the pre-drilled holes.