Ken asks…

How to make a birdhouse, for different species?

My dad made a birdhouse a long time ago, and the sparrows are taking over it. I wanted to know if there is a way to make a birdhouse for a certain species. How can I do this?

Rose answers:

For most small birds, a wicker container in the faint hint of a “house” will do. Do include a perch. Birds will love it. I think you could get wicker from most art supply stores.

For bigger birds, you may want to make an archetypical birdhouse (with a slanted roof and oval entrance. I still recommend the perch. Buy light wooden planks that you can get in most home improvement stores. My old pa is thinking of making a birdhouse too for our winged city guests.

I think it is the size of the birds that matter more than the species.

Good luck. Do include a picture if you make one.

Carol asks…

how much does an average birdhouse go for?

i gonna make birdhouses and wanted to know how much to sell em for i was thinkin like $15 20 bucks

Rose answers:

Yeah 20-30$

Robert asks…

how do i make a birdhouse out of cotton balls?

i need to learn how to make a bird house out of cotton balls in 48 hours!!!!!!

Rose answers:

Dip the cotton balls in Elmers glue, let it dry, then you have hard cotton balls to stack on top of each other and you can glue all of those together in the shape of a birdhouse and for what you need this for, it should be fine.


Sharon asks…

Building bird houses?

i am tring to build 100 bird houses for a few parks and i cant find plans to any online. i dislike google for stuff like this. can you give me a site or two?

Rose answers:

We have a few on our site, and another site which has some is
These two seem legitimate. Several others I found offering “free birdhouse designs” only provided links to other sites, that provided links to other sites, and so on…never did find the free designs they promised.

If you email me, and tell me what type birds you are trying to house (bluebirds, kestrels, wood ducks, etc.), I’ll see if I can’t find some better sites for you, or will then tell you if you’d be better off just getting a set of Ted’s Woodworking Plans which has over 100 bird feeder and birdhouse sets of plans.  There are a ton of other fun woodworking plans too.  Who knows, you may find some other projects for another good cause.

Michael asks…

Is it safe or not to paint or stain bird houses?

I was thinking of starting my own business of building bird houses and other different things out of wood. My mom & dad have already asked a bunch of there friends if they would like to buy some bird house off me and they have all said yes and have also asked some of there friends as well and they all said yes. So for I have 150 people that would like bird house. I have built 50 so far but have not sold them yet because I am unsure if it is safe to paint or stain the bird houses because I have no clue if it is safe for the birds or not. Does anyone know if it is safe to paint or even stan the bird houses or should I just leave them the way they are plan just sanded down smooth and built? If anyone knows please let me know so that I can finish up the other 100 bird houses and get them sent out so I can get paid.

Rose answers:

I would suggest use water base paint on outside of the birdhouse only. You are lucky guy got so many bird house to built and good luck to you.

Ken asks…

How to mix your own paint that is safe for animals?

I have plans to build some bird houses and would like to paint them. However, many of the websites on which I’ve found plans have advised that stains, varnishes and your average paints (such as enamel and acrylic) either act as a deterrent to the birds or they’re simply not safe for them.

Are there any paints that I can mix myself that the birds will either be attracted to or just won’t be bothered by?

Rose answers:

As long as you use solvent free paints, you will be totally fine :)


Betty asks…

Anybody know how to make birdhouse gourds produce better?

need fertilizer sugestions or how to polinate them to produce
can i polinate with small paint brush if so can i polinate from same plant or do i have to have two differant plants

Rose answers:

All plants need a balanced combination of food, water, and light. Assuming that you have been giving sufficient water and light, any general vegetable fertilizer applied monthly should suffice.

I know that like all cucurbits, they have male and female flowers. The female flower will have a tiny gourd behind the flower and the male flower will have a long slender stem behind the flower. They usually produce twice as many male flowers as female flowers. Once they start producing female flowers, all you need to do is pull off one opening male flower, tear the petals down to expose the anthers, and then push it into up to 5 female flowers to transfer the pollen. The more gourds you fertilize, the smaller the over all size will be. The plant can only produce a certain amount of food to support the developing seeds. Usually, when the plant reaches a certain amount, it will cease flowering to spend all its energy in developing the seeds.

Chris asks…

Making birdhouses out of gourds?

How big should you cut a hole into a gourd to keep out sparrows and let in smaller birds like wrens??

Rose answers:

House Wren 1.5 inches

Purple martin 2.5 inches, but starlings can also get in.

Joseph asks…

When do you pick bottle gourds, and how long do they need to dry out?

These are gourds that I want to make birdhouses with

Rose answers:

A few days, I guess