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Easy Birdhouse Renovation

The birdhouse in the upper woodland garden has been in need of renovation for more than a year. The paint was faded and chipping away, and, even worse, a squirrel had eaten away at the hole until the house offered little protection to nestlings. I liked the charm of the old birdhouse and did not want to just chuck it. So I was happy when I saw a predator guard online that would cover the damaged edges of the hole. An easy installation of the new predator guard and a quick paint job was all it took to restore the birdhouse to usefulness:Top two photos show squirrel damage and fading paint on birdhouse. The predator guard does a good job of restoring the original size of the hole, and I think it adds to the charm of the birdhouse.

Hopefully, a new generation of birds will soon find a safe home in the newly refurbished house.

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Reader Comments (22)

Your bird house out very nice. Isn't is great when one can continue to enjoy things with very little effort? The curved sides of the house make it worth keeping if for no other reason. Sweet!

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave @ Gardening On A Dime

Very cute little birdhouse! And the predator guard fits right in with it's character!

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIndie

Great job! Perfect home for a lucky bird :)

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Great job, and it's looking very smart (and the birds will certainly appreciate it!) :)

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

Very smart! A lovely refurb!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Gardening Shoe

What a clever idea to put the predator guard over the hole. It worked great! I really like the little birdhouse and wouldn't have been able to part with it either.

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

What a great idea - and a reminder to go and check our boxes too. I always forget to clean them out.

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Chapman

Bird guards are essential over here with magpies and squirrels always trying to get into the boxes. We have a few metal plates which serve the same purpose as your guard. You have reminded me that I must clear the old nests out ready for this years broods! I don't think the birds will be able to resist your new refurbished house! Will look forward to hearing which bird has taken up residence.

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPauline Mulligan

Clever idea to put the guard on, I agree it adds to the charm of the birdhouse. Christina

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristina


January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

I hope a new family of birds make their home there this spring. All warm and dry and safe, thanks to you. And I hope the squirrels keep away from the new guard!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolleyGarden

Neat! What kind of birds is the hole designed for? My birdhouse is for chickadees, but I think has a smaller hole than your bird house.

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjason

Great reno - bravo!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid

I love how this turned out...shows that we can save pur cherished critter homes...

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View

Classy - should appeal to the discerning feathered nesters!

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet/Plantaliscious

Very nice! Thanks for the information--I have an ancient birdhouse that I don't think has been used in a long time. I'll have to take a look in the spring. Yours is bright and welcoming to our feathered friends.

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPlantPostings

Hi, everybody! I appreciate each of your comments very much! Jason, you asked what type bird the house was designed for. I'm not sure, but the hole is 1.5 inches, which is perfect for bluebirds. I have seen bluebirds in the house in the past, but also other birds, such as wrens, have nested there. Deborah

January 31, 2013 | Registered CommenterDeborah Elliott

Must have left the squirrel rather confused.

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterb-a-g

Looks really great and the colours of it blend in with the tree.

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Very smart! :o)

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCasa Mariposa

Thanks for the inspiration! I need to get busy myself. Yesterday, heavy winds blew two of my birdhouses to the ground. They are now need in need of repair and even some renovation.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Hi Deb! It's funny as I've recently wrote a similar post too! :-) I love your bird box but are you sure that was a squirrel job? I know that woodpeckers could do similar damages to nest boxes. What kind of birds usually nests on your boxes?

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlberto
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