The bird houses and dovecotes have a variety of hanging or mounting options; in the description for the house it will say whether it is post mount or hanging – it will be one or the other. In the future some houses may have the option to have both post mounting and hanging but at this stage it will be just the one.
These houses will have a post mounting block attached to the base that will allow the house to slip on to a treated pine post. The post size must be 70 x 45mm and the length of the post will depend on your preference but generally somewhere around 900 to 1500mm will be OK. The 70 x 45mm treated pine is a standard size and should be available from any decent hardware store.
The post can be just driven into the ground with a reasonably big hammer (like a sledge hammer or the back of an axe or block buster) or, if you like a really permanent solution – dig a hole and set the post in concrete.
The bird house should just slip over the post but if the post gets ‘burred over’ at the top from hammering or the fit is a bit too tight you may need to shave a bit off around the top. Don’t try to hammer the bird house onto the post though – it’ll just end in tears. Also not a good idea to try and widen the aperture on the post mounting block – that’ll also end in tears. It’s always easier to adjust the top of the post; you can use a plane or a chisel or even a sharp axe but keep in mind that they are all sharp – and that can end in more than just tears. If in doubt or if you get stuck, please just contact us.
The bird house will have two methods of hanging; either via the ring bolt at the top or by the cleat at the rear.
The ring bolt at the top can be used with the supplied basket hanging bracket and this is probably the most useful. The bracket hooks through the bolt and then over a branch or similar. The bracket can be bent into shape with a hammer or strong pliers should it be required.
Alternatively some strong cord or fine rope can be looped through the ring bolt and around a branch or similar.
There is a 6mm hole drilled in the base at the rear; this can be used to stabilise the house if you feel it is swinging around too much. Simply loop some small diameter cord through the hole and loosely tie to another branch or something similar.
Some of the hanging bird houses and all of the dovecotes have a cleat at the rear to allow mounting on a wall or other flat surface. This is a lot like hanging a picture; use a hook or flat headed screw and just hang the house using the cleat. The cleat is quite strong but keep in mind that the bird houses, in particular, are not designed to carry a lot of weight. Any substantial weight at the front of the house will cause a fair degree of leverage on the cleat and there is a very real chance it will break – not so good.
Some designs have a keyhole at the rear instead of a cleat; these are designed to be used with a flat headed screw or, ideally, a tek screw (hex headed self-drilling screw). This is significantly stronger that the cleat so weight is not really a consideration; although this wall mounting method is stronger it can’t be used on all designs.