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Modular Birdhouse

by asbeg, published

Modular Birdhouse by asbeg Jun 28, 2013

Description

This is a modular birdhouse that can be configured in multiple ways for many different types of birds and installation methods. Simply use the instructions below and pick the modules that you want to include for your birdhouse.

Each part is designed to print easily and without any support and minimum bridging. There are quite a few parts so check out the instructions for an overview of each.

I used the following links as references for how this birdhouse should be designed. There is a lot of useful information there so be sure to check them out too.

http://www.50birds.com/dbirdspecies.htm

http://www.squidoo.com/backyard-birding-dos-donts#module150675159

EDIT: I added some new concepts for an angled top instead of the flat top. The angled and the flat top are completely interchangeable. I also added a new extension concept. This 2 inch extender plugs into the normal bird housing to make it 8 or 10 inches (or any multiple of 2 really). It seems like a better idea than the original separate 8 inch housing. I did however decide to keep that housing as well since I already published it here. I also printed out a test of the pins and they worked surprisingly well. I was able to snap them together and open them, and they seemed like they would hold up well. Anyway, thats it for this update. I might add some more in the future if I find some time.

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Instructions

The basic bird house needs at least one of the following items:

Housing - Choose from 2
Face - Choose from 3
Top - Chose from 2

In addition, there are 4 options to add on to your birdhouse.

Bird Feeder - Choose from 2
Bird Feeder Face - Choose from 3
Perches
Bird Bath
Planter

I'll go over these in detail below.

Bird Housing - there are two types, the 6 inch standard and the oversized 8 inch. These two sizes should fit a good portion of bird types. The dimensions are 4 by 5 by 6 and 4 by 5 by 8. The holes in the back are to attach to trees or posts. The holes on the sides are to attach to other modules and double as ventilation holes when not in use. There is also and extension device as described in the edit above

Bird House Face - There are 3 types of faces, each with a different diameter hole for use with different birds. The faces are designed to slide into the house from the top. I would advise against bonding or gluing the face so that in the future you could swap it for a different one. The same face will fit with both the 6 inch and the 8 inch bird house.

Birdhouse Top - There are two bird house tops that are designed to fit with both the 6 inch and 8 inch bird housings. The angled one should prevent squirrels from resting on top and also allow rain water to slide off into a planter or bird bath if you have chosen those options on the side. The top snaps in from above and holds the face in place. I printed out a test for this concept, and it seemed to work pretty well. I was able to snap the top in and out and it seemed like it would last for a good amount of time. If it does break, you could always print another top. The top and face together are designed to be removable for easy cleaning of the birdhouse over the winter. Something that you should definitely do if you actually plan on using this.

Options:
Bird Feeder - There are two bird feeders that I have included. One has two identical compartments and the other is basically the first one cut in half. Each compartment measures about 4 by 2 by 6.

Bird Feeder Face - There are 3 faces for the bird feeder. The standard face has 8 openings for birds to feed from. This is designed for the more granular bird feed. The second face is designed specifically for sunflower seed mixes. The holes in the face allow the birds to grab sunflower seeds with their beaks and also allows them to latch on to the face while they feed. The third face is just a blank face. You could use this if you have a double compartment feeder and wanted to use one of them for storage of anything needed to clean or maintain your bird house. Definitely check out the link below for what types of feed you should use for the birds you are trying to attract. http://www.birdfeeding.org/images/stories/PDF/nbfs%20-%20wild%20bird%20food%20preferences%20western%20version.pdf

Bird Feeder Top - the bird feeder top fits the half size bird feeder and uses the same concept as the bird house top. For the double compartment bird feeder, you need two tops, one for each compartment.

Perches - The perch for the bird feeder is designed to snap into the houses. Just bend out the edges of the house a little and push the ends of the perch into the cutouts. The perch for the bird house itself is designed to fit into all of the bird house faces the same. I suggest gluing it in through the hole with the countersink. Now be aware that most song birds DO NOT need a perch. I advise against using a perch at all actually, since the perch allows predatorial birds like house sparrows to land and possibly even reach into the house and snatch or kill the songbirds living there. I included it in case there are some birds that I don't know of that need a perch and arent threatened by predatorial birds. Again, DO NOT use the perch unless you are sure of what you are doing.

Bird Bath - This is a shallow bird bath that could be added on to any bird house. There are attachment screws holes on the underside of the bath.

Planter - The planter is designed for something like rye grass to give a little bit more life to your birdhouse. Just google rye grass for how to plant and maintaint it.

Installation - This birdhouse is designed to fit multiple installation types. To attach to a tree just screw in through the holes in the back of the birdhouse using #6 wood screws. Each module has similar holes at the back to attach to trees or posts. The holes on the sides are to attach each module to each other using the male and female printable pins that I included. The pins are super small so you should definitely also glue the sides of the modules together if that is how you are installing it. Alternatively, you could use the side holes to mount the modules. Those holes would fit a #10 screw. The ideal installation method would be to get a 4 by 4 wood post and put it in the ground in a field. Then attach whatever modules that you wanted to the 4 sides of the post.

I hope you like it, and thanks for reading!

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