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  • http://engineeringourfreedom.blogspot.co.uk 4ndy

    One important issue here: if you nail or screw an old boot into a tree’s trunk you’ll risk killing a tree that could have been growing for decades by giving it a fungal or viral infection when you puncture the phloem. Better to tie it up by the old bootlaces, attach it to something other than a tree, or just let birds make their own nests from small scrap materials. Even chucking out the hair off a brush instead of binning it can give them something to insulate a nest with.

  • Jonah Cohen

    4ndy is correct – tying up the boot, or mounting it on your house, is preferable to screwing it onto a tree. You could also use a pole, but install some kind of predator guard, or your nestbox may become a raccoon’s lunchbox.

    Birdhouses are usually only utilized by cavity-nesting birds, but the Carolina Wren (seen in the photo here) sometimes goes for odd spaces, so the boot m.o. might work.

  • http://MSN Lori Kelly

    Boots also can be made into planters. On another note, my dog sheds and when I brush her, all collected fur goes into a little metal holder outside. I have seen several birds in it to get fur for their nests. It is a good feeling to know that the babies will be warm because of my dog…lol!

  • lynda

    if u use a boot to plant in, don’t forget to drill drainage holes in the sole. it woeks really well with old work boots. i have done it.

  • Pam

    Why not use a car license plate or some scrap wood to make a roof and then cut a hole in one side of the boot. Drill a few holes in the sole for drainage (birds do potty, and some of that is wet). Attach some wire to the top under the roof you just made and hang from a branch or under the eves of a building. You still get an unusual birdhouse, and you are not hurting a tree.

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