|Boards that I found in the barn to use for the bird houses.|
The size of the bird house and entrance hole diameter will determine what type of bird uses your bird house. There is a chart on the Birdwatching Bliss website that gives you the dimensions and what birds will be attracted to that house. Also, it depends on the height of where you hang the house too. Taken from the Birdwatching Bliss webiste:
Using the correct bird house dimensions will also help to exclude undesirable species, i.e. house sparrows and starlings.”
I didn’t even bother to paint them (it was a lot more work to build these things than I anticipated…)
|Bird house in our crazy crab apple tree.|
If you didn’t know, bats will fly under bark that is leaning away from a tree and sleep there. So that is the idea of the “chambers” in the bat house, to try and simulate a small area for them to crawl up into and get cozy. Our bat house has 3 chambers.
The holes of the bee block is similar to the bird houses. The diameter of the tunnels, as well as their preferred length, varies with the different species of bee, make a variety of different sized holes.
I did not put a roof on my bee block and I realize that I should do this so I guess I will be doing this today. Here is some more information from HoneyBeeSuite website.
I probably could have put a lot more detail in this post but I am just too excited to start planting some more seeds for my garden so I am going to go and do that now…
Now we wait and see what will come to inhabit the new houses. I just hope the bats and birds don’t eat all the bees!