Our platform birdhouse inventory is small but more will be added soon. Our current model is very durable and built from solid cedar wood. It is intended to be side mounted on a fence post, barn wall or tree trunk.
Open face birdhouses are structures with a combination of either 1 to 3 side walls, a floor, and a roof. A platform design is intended to give the motherbird a full view in at least one direction, allowing her the convenience of both a platform and a partially enclosed structure. An open-face platform birdhouse usually has at least one side wall (back-side) in order to support the roof.
A completely flat platform has no roof or sides. A flat surface with nothing to obstruct her view gives the motherbird a sense of awareness for her surroundings, and also enables her to flee quickly from danger. The lack of side walls enable a her to see in all directions and allow easy take-offs and landings. When foraging, it's easy to come and go when looking for food, as she can easily leave the platform from any side to swoop down on the ground below for seeds or worms.
There are a variety of birds that will consider a flat platform for a nesting site such as robins, blue jays, swallows and dove. Depending on the species, they will choose an open platform for different reasons based on their instincs. For morning doves, you don't have to go very high when mounting, as 6-10 feet above the ground will do.
Platforms are intended for birds that will not enter into a completely enclosed structure. Whether it's only one side or completely open, a platform nesting structure must have at least one side of the birdhouse completely open for view. The best safety feature is a pole mount platform.
Robins prefer to nest on platforms without roofs, while dove do not seem to mind too much if a platform has sides and a roof. Because doves are not very good nest builders, a man-made structure is useful for the incubation and hatching of their eggs.
Platforms can be mounted on the side of houses, garages, trees and fence posts.
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Keep in mind that some nesting platforms on this site are open face platforms with three walls and a roof. Others have no walls or roof and are simple structures that are usually pole mounted. A few examples of birds that will choose a nesting structure instead of an enclosed structure are doves, robins, cardinals, swallows and phoebes.
Platform bird houses will accomodate any bird that require an open face structure. Our bird house platforms are built from pine and cedar wood, and come with an option for pole mounting, side mounting, or hanging.
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