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Old 03-01-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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Tree Branch Bluebird House
designed by Frank A. Zuern

http://www.savingbirds.org/PDFs/BlueBirdHouse.pdf

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Frank Zuern, the Wisconsin "bluebirder" who designed this style, tested the temperature differential between the Tree Branch box and the traditional "upright" style by placing a calibrated temperature probe inside each. His research revealed that the temperature inside the traditional box climbed fifteen degrees above ambient. Thus, if the mercury rises to 92 degrees, the temperature inside the upright box topped out at 107 degrees. At 106 degrees, the eggs will addle (become unviable) or nestlings will die of heat stress like a dog in a car. But temperature in his Tree Branch Bluebird Box, only rose two degrees above ambient. Thus this style prevents nest failure due to heat stress.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:30 PM   #2
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What a great idea! I'm going to have to try this style of house I never thought the temperature increase inside a bird house was enough to kill the eggs. Maybe they will be less appealing to the house sparrows to.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:37 PM   #3
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Ahhhh and there it is.... The better bluebird abode!
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I do worry about excessive heat in those houses, especially in our climate. This may be a good solution.
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:05 PM   #5
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Looks interesting...maybe I should try to make one (although, I'm sure it is a rather simple project, I imagine that I'd be all thumbs trying it.

I have three of the regular style boxes...and the birds have succeeded well with these--but there were a few hot days that I was concerned about them. I'd be interested in seeing if they prefer the new style over the old (of course they may prefer the placement of the original boxes, so it might be hard to be sure).
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:26 PM   #6
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Well here it is well see if the bluebirds like it better.
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The only down side is the amount of lumber it takes to build. I got 5/8x6x6' cedar pickets Home Dope-o for $1.97 each and can make one of these and one conventional box out of 2 boards so all in all its not to bad. Now to find a spot to put it!
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:45 PM   #7
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Great job, recurve!

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I got 5/8x6x6' cedar pickets Home Dope-o for $1.97 each...
What a good idea...I knew I'd want cedar if I were to attempt to make one, but hadn't thought it would be that cheap to buy--cedar pickets, great idea!

...Oh, and I like (what looks like) your HO train platform in the background.
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Thanks Dap I was surprised when I saw the price on those cedar pickets they're pretty knotty and alot are cracked so you gotta pick threw the pile to find a hand full of good ones. But the price is right a 3/4x6x8' cedar board at home depot is around 15 bucks.
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Thanks Dap I was surprised when I saw the price on those cedar pickets they're pretty knotty and alot are cracked so you gotta pick threw the pile to find a hand full of good ones. But the price is right a 3/4x6x8' cedar board at home depot is around 15 bucks.
I figured a cedar board would be a good bit more--thanks for doing the research for me. If I decide to go the hand-made route, I'll be sure to pick through the pickets.
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Wow, nicely done!

I always enjoy seeing projects that other members are working on. Thanks for posting your project.
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