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Simple Bird Nesting Box,... Tube, err um,.. thing!

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A few years ago I installed some ducting to vent the warm moist air from the cloths dryer outside of the house. This worked incredibly well for about three weeks. Then a pair of Striated Pardalotes moved into the end of the vent and set up house. They managed to raise three sets of chicks in the vent before I finally worked out how to move them on without causing a problem I couldn't sleep with.

The solution was to build a nesting box out of the same materials the vent was constructed from. The nesting box was positioned conveniently nearby to the dryer vent but also out of reach of the domestic animals and the weather. Then, in between batches of chicks, I block the vent with a grill. The Pardalotes found their new abode within 15 minutes of discovering the old one was decommissioned. As a result the Pardalotes have now raised between 2 and 4 chicks every spring for the last couple of years and I can use my dryer without fear of harming the local fawner.

This instructable covers how I built my Pardalote Nesting Box, Tube, Thing from 90mm Storm Water pipe. The results have been very satisfying. The project was very low cost and quite easy to build. On at least three occasions now, I have been able to watch a clutch of Pardalote chicks take flight and leave the nest for the very first time. An incredibly satisfying event every time.
 
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beme20138 months ago
Love it! I've been looking to build a birdhouse and this instructable really helped. Thank you :)
FieldingBlue (author)  beme20138 months ago
Thank you for the feedback. I hope it all goes well for you.
samalert8 months ago
The bird doing a headstand brought me here and i was delighted by this ible !
FieldingBlue (author)  samalert8 months ago
Yeah, they're funny little critters. They take great delight in removing all the sealant material along the edge of the veranda, so of course it leaks now in a couple of spots. This is water. I'll get around to fixing it eventually.
zomfibame8 months ago
very nice
FieldingBlue (author)  zomfibame8 months ago
Cheers
foobear8 months ago
"I think the lesson is, give it a crack, don't have high expectations, you'll be pleased whatever the outcome."

Gosh that is my motto more or less.
FieldingBlue (author)  foobear8 months ago
Nice. 8)
Kiteman8 months ago
That's cool - have you tried putting these tubes in trees?
FieldingBlue (author)  Kiteman8 months ago
Thanks. I've not put any up trees yet but the bee hive that was supposed to be a Pardalote box might get an upgrade next spring.
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