How to Build a Birdhouse for a Blackbird
Building a birdhouse for a blackbird is a simple project that can add biodiversity to a yard or garden and provide a habitat for birds in areas where deforestation has removed their natural nesting spots. A blackbird birdhouse requires only basic supplies, such as wood that is resistant to water damage. Cedar is perfect for building a blackbird birdhouse. The entire project can be finished in the space of an afternoon, and used to house blackbirds for many years.
Drill a hole that is at least an inch and a half in diameter in the center of one of the 8-inch-long cedar sheets. This will provide a place for the birds to enter and exit the birdhouse.
Align the 2-inch edge of the board with the hole in it with the 8-inch face of one of the other boards. Ensure that the edges of the boards are flush. Attach the two boards with 4-inch nails. Hammer in one nail every 2 inches.
Align the other 2-inch edge of the board with the hole with the 8-inch face of a third board to create a U-shape. This will be the front and sides of the birdhouse. Attach the boards with 4-inch nails. Hammer in one nail through the face of the front board until the nails are flush with the wood.
Place the remaining 8-inch-long board on the open portion of the birdhouse to close off the U-shape. Align the face of the 8-inch board with the 2-inch edges of the side boards and attach them with nails. Hammer 4-inch nails through the face of the back board until the heads of the nails are flush with the wood.
Place one of the 6-inch-long boards on top of the birdhouse to give it a roof. Attach the board with 4-inch nails. Hammer in one nail every 2 inches along all four sides.
Repeat Step 5 with the remaining 6-inch-long board to complete the birdhouse.
Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.
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