This birdhouse is currently out of stock. 

 

Dimensions:  
Overall:  12” high X  9.5” wide” X  7 1/4” 
Nesting Floor:  approx. 4” X 4” 
Hole:  1 ¼” about 8” from the nesting floor. 

The Winebox birdhouse pictured is a sample of the Winebox birdhouses I have in stock.  All houses have the same panel in the front and is made of the same recycled pine bead boards.  The only difference is the pattern and grain of the wood.  If you would like to see a picture of the exact house I have in stock, just send me a message and I will send you the picture.  

 

The following list contains the answers to the most common questions asked about the birdhouses:

 

IS THIS A GOOD GIFT FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKES BIRDS?

Yes!  Of course I’m going to say yes, but this house is specifically designed per Audubon specs for small birds.  Each house comes with a letter with details about the house.  My birdhouses are most often given as gifts and I’ve received lots of nice comments from the recipients.  


I’ve had them given as birthday, Mothers/Father’s Day, wedding, housewarming, and even as remembrances for people.   Whenever you want to celebrate life!  

 

IS THIS AN OUTDOOR FUNCTIONAL BIRDHOUSE?

Yes!  This is birdhouse is designed for outdoors (but it obviously would look nice indoors too!)   The outside is coated with one coat of exterior deck stain and two coats of polyurethane spar varnish.  The sealer will last a number of years, but I tell people they want to check it every couple of years and decide whether they want to clean the house off and put another coat of varnish on it.  The printing on the winebox can degrade with exposure to UV rays so keeping a good finish on it will help retain the printing.  

 

The interior of the house is natural and not sealed.  Some purists think the outside of the house should also be natural, but after you spend this much on a birdhouse you do want it to last more than about one season. 

 

WHAT KIND OF BIRDS WOULD LIKE THIS BIRDHOUSE?

The birdhouse is sized to attract small song birds including chickadees, wrens, finches, and titmouse.  The primary feature that attracts birds is the size of the hole.  A 1¼” hole will attract birds smaller than sparrows.  It’s not that I don’t like sparrows, but I am partial to the smaller song birds.  

 

WHAT IS THE HOUSE MADE OF?  WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR MATERIALS?

This house is made from recycled wineboxes.  Yes, we drink all the wine until we get to the empty winebox (just kidding).   I used to make the house out of all the wood in the winebox, but most boxes don’t have the quality and dimension of wood to make a birdhouse that will last.  The front of the birdhouse is definitely recycled and if possible the back.  

 

The roof and sides are made out of recycled pine from a renovation in our hundred year old house.  The wood is recycled from pine beadboard.  The wood has great grain patterns and we kept some of the beadboard patterns to add more character.  

 

I get my wine boxes from local stores.  If you have a special winebox that you would like turned into a birdhouse, please contact me and we’ll see if it’s possible.  It all depends on the size of the pattern on the winebox, and the size and type of wood in the box.  

 

HOW DO YOU GET AT THE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE?

Clean out is easy through two screws in the bottom and the bottom panel coming off.  There are drain holes in the bottom and ventilation at the top of the sides because the sides are designed to not fully meet the roof.  

 

For small song birds you are encouraged to take the house down every year to clean out last year’s nest.  Some people are better planners than others, taking it down and checking it out at least once every couple of years is usually what happens.  Some birds won’t re-use nests year to year.  The different song birds also make nests of different material so they also like to start from scratch.  It’s also good to check that something else has not moved in like mud wasps or spiders.  

 

HOW DO I HANG THE HOUSE AND WHERE SHOULD I HANG IT? 

The houses hang with copper electrical wire that is bent to fit into two screw eyes; one below the front peak and one on the upper back.  

Position the house away from a tree trunk and up at least 6 to 15'.  Having the front of the house out of the prevailing wind is good.  If that spot is also in the morning sun you'll even make the birds happier.  Best time to get houses out is the end of the winter.  

 

WHAT ABOUT SQUIRRELS OR OTHER PROBLEM CRITTERS? 

I haven’t heard many problems with squirrels chewing on houses since they aren’t feeders, they usually aren’t too interested.   I often get sparrows trying to move in and they will try and peck and chew on the holes.  They will also try and wedge their way in.  Unless they are little and skinny they typically don’t succeed because I put hole extensions on the inside of the hole.  This is just a little block of wood that extends the hole about ¾”.  It helps deter sparrows, but also blue jays and starlings.  The blue jays and starlings can go after eggs or babies.  The hold extension might allow them to stick their head in, but because of the extension they are limited as to their ability to reach down into the house.  

Thanks for taking the time to read this far!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Wine Box Birdhouse

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