Now that our berry bushes are beginning to bear some fruit, it’s time to put the bird netting back up. If you remember last year, we put up some PVC poles and wrapped the netting around it.
You can read more about how we created a Bird Barrier last year.
You can see how the netting is really saggy in the middle where we bunched up the excess. It wasn’t easy to get into, move around in, or close back up.
So this year, I had a couple tweaks in mind. I wanted to do this initially but we were pressed for time and weren’t able to carry the plans out last year. Here is the Upgraded “No-Bird” House.
I used the same poles from last year, but I added a roof-like structure.
Here is the list of pieces that I used to upgrade:
- Four – 45 degree turn pieces for the tops of the poles
- Two – 90 degree turn pieces for the tops of the roof
- Two – 10 foot sections of pipe (same size as the poles 1.25 inches)
I did a little math to figure out how long the roof pieces needed to be to fit my poles. The diagram below, the pythagorean theorem, is how you calculate it.
I knew what my “C” side (hypotenuse) length was, and I wanted the other sides to be the same length. So to figure it out, you square your C value, divide it by 2 and take the square root.
My “a” and “b” sides needed to be 48 inches. So I measured and cut my 10 foot PVC pipes into four 48 inch sections with a hand saw.
I didn’t glue the pieces together, because we will want to remove the structure after the fruit bearing season. Once the frames were up and assembled, my worry of the sides not being sturdy came to life. I had wanted to connect the sides with PVC, but the fittings weren’t available at the local hardware store.
So I used some scrap wood to create a brace between the two sides. Since I was working in the garden, I just used my hand saw to cut the brace for the front and the back.
I cut two pieces, a brace for the front and back. I drilled holes through the end of the braces and through the PVC of the roof pieces.
This allow me to zip-tie them together.
Next, we needed to get the bird netting unrolled. No pictures of this because it takes two people to put it on. We put it around the back and stretched the netting from the ground of the back to the brace on the front. We got lucky on the sizing of everything there.
We used zip-ties to secure the netting to the braces and the poles.
Once we had the top, sides and back secured, we needed to close up the front. Last year, we used the opening where the netting rapped around the poles and met as the door. It wasn’t very convenient and ripped pretty easily if we accidentally stepped on it. And it was held together with a bobby pin. Not ideal.
So this year, we made a Hanging front door. It is kind of like a door that you would see on a teepee. It is connected to the brace on the front of the “No-Bird” House and is held down by the weight of a board that we attached.
Here is what it looks like closed.
The good thing about this door is it doesn’t need to be secured , the weight of the board keeps it closed. It’s also good because the door opening is quite a bit bigger than last year and easy to open, enter, and close.
And yes, Melissa has her little gnome out again, guarding the gate.
After we were finished with this, we met the neighbor behind us for the first time, and she was asking if it was going to be a greenhouse. Great idea! Didn’t even cross our minds! We could wrap it in some kind of plastic and have a greenhouse!
What do you think of our “No-Bird” House? Pretty easy to make. Pretty simple supply list. Thinking about trying it at your place?