Though pigeons may often be thought of as wild birds, they can be pets too. Homing pigeons are commonly kept at one location and tagged by the owner; they then return to their home regularly. Giving your pigeons a home will allow them to return to a safe spot where they can nest, eat and mate. This project is something that almost any bird lover can complete. Doing it yourself will save you money too.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 8-by-8.5-inch redwood for the roof piece
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- 8-by-6 inch redwood for top sidepiece
- 8-by-4.5 inch redwood for bottom sidepiece
- Hot glue
- 8-by-7-inch redwood for floor piece
- 13-by-9.25-inch redwood for back piece
- Birdhouse platform
Measure an 18.2-degree bevel on your 8-inch edge redwood roof piece with a protractor. Mark the measurement with a pencil.
Cut the bevel with a handsaw. Follow the pencil mark you have made.
Sand the surface of the cut area with fine-grit sandpaper.
Measure an 18.2-degree bevel along the top of the side redwood piece with protractor. Mark the measurement with a pencil.
Cut the top side piece along the marked line with a handsaw.
Repeat the process of measuring and cutting the 18.2-degree bevel on the bottom side piece.
Connect the 7-inch edge of your floor piece to the 4.5-inch edge of the side piece. Spread a bead of hot glue on the edge of each piece with a hot glue gun. The side piece should be at a 90-degree angle to the floor piece. Reinforce the connection by hammering several nails between the pieces. Do the same for the remaining side and floor pieces.
Connect the roof to the top edges of the sides. Spread a bead of hot glue along the bevelled top edges of the side pieces. The bevelled edges of the sides should match the angle of the roof and create a flat surface for the roof and sides to connect. Reinforce the connection with several nails a few inches apart. The slants of the roof should be toward the front and back of the house.
Apply a bead of glue to the back edges of the floor, sides and roof. Press the back piece of redwood onto the back edges of the house. The top of the back piece should extend 2 inches below the bottom of the house and 2 inches above the top of the house. Insert nails around the perimeter of the back piece and directly into the back edges of the house for more support.
Attach the house to the birdhouse platform. Use a platform that is at least the width of the house. Make the connection between the house and the platform with nails or bolts between the floor of the house and the platform. Use hammers for a plywood platform. For a metal platform, predrill holes in the floor of the house that align with the holes in the platform. Insert bolts through the floor of the house and the platform. Secure the bolts in place with nuts on the end protruding from the bottom of the platform.
Install the platform and house in your desired yard location. Use a post hole digger to create a hole that is several feet deep. The depth of the hole will depend on the height of your platform. Consult with the manufacturer's instructions for an appropriate hole depth. Place the post of the platform in the hole. Fill the hole with cement around the post. Allow the cement to dry for at least 24 hours. Cover the cement with dirt.
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