HOW TO BUILD OR BUY A BLACKBIRD NEST BOX

I have been asked how to build a blackbird nest box as Magpies are taking eggs and chicks.  Here are some ways

  • Tray or open fronted box with a floor area o 12 inches x 12 inches.
  • An inverted cone made from roofing felt could be used.  Cut into a circle 9 inches in diameter.  Cut out and reject a V-shaped sector from centre to a 2in arc at periphery.  Cut a 1 inch section from centre (to provide drainage).  Now overlap open ends 3in and staple strongly.  Resulting cone is approx 7 in in diamater with a depth of 2 inches.
  • Or try a bundle of pea sticks arranged with a central cave

The Above Was Taken from Tony Soper – The Bird Table Book

Here is a link to the copy I have of the   TONY SOPER THE BIRDTABLE BOOK

Here is a link to newer versions of  TONY TOPER THE BIRDTABLE BOOK

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If you don’t have time to make a nest box for a blackbird why not think about

BUYING A BLACKBIRD NEST BOX

Here are two links showing blackbird nest boxes

CJ Wild Bird Food   –   BLACKBIRD NEST BOX – TO BUY
http://www.birdfood.co.uk/product_details.php?area_id=2&nav_id=40&prd_id=887

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Amazon  –  BLACKBIRD NEST BOX TO BUY
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Riverside-Woodcraft-Blackbird-nest-box/dp/B0018558F8

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This is the question Anthony asked me –

I want to build a nestbox for blackbirds but i have a lot of magpies in my garden and i have seen them taking eggs and CHICKS . \\whats the best design please?

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