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Re: Birdhouse Gourds

Postby Blossom » Feb 09, 2009 1:25 pm

Uh-Oh - doesn't say it is weatherproof. Will have to look into that. I did spray a metal bird cage with it last summer, that was hanging outside on the porch, and another metal flower container. They seemed fine.
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Re: Birdhouse Gourds

Postby MareE » Feb 10, 2009 7:21 am

Been a bit of a slackard getting the gourds primed for feathery guests, Blossom. Ssssh. For your ears only. Mice have invaded the house, apparently via the A/C unit, and zeroed in on two of the gourds with holes meant for breeding birds' entries. And of course exits. Och! Couldn't believe my eyes first time I saw a mouse poke head out of Birdhouse gourd. Picturesque, cute as a button, but can't have them mussing with electricals.

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Re: Birdhouse Gourds

Postby Eeyore » Feb 10, 2009 11:19 am

Woulda liked to see a scan of mouse in birdhouse gourd.... 8)
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Re: Birdhouse Gourds

Postby Blossom » Feb 10, 2009 11:42 am

I think I better get out to the barn to see if any mices have built nests in my gourds! :) I did put out moth balls last fall though. . .
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Re: Birdhouse Gourds

Postby MareE » Feb 10, 2009 12:07 pm

That's not possibly scannable, Lyn but stay tuned. Blossom, if I hung mine so high, wouldn't have the problem, nooodoot about it. Considered mothballs, which are handy, but having a tough time. I don't want to kill anything with hearts.

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Re: Birdhouse Gourds

Postby Sheikea » Feb 18, 2009 10:50 am

Very intersting all i like that idea..I hope the birdie turdies love them. :D
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Re: Birdhouse Gourds

Postby bluewillow » Feb 18, 2009 2:53 pm

Great Gourds! to all. Wish mine had produced ... between little beasties and the walnut tree .... all plantings were done in.

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Re: Birdhouse Gourds

Postby everchnginggrden » Mar 01, 2009 3:23 pm

Hi everyone, my son & I took ours down today. Two were dry although one had a soft spot where some of the shell wore off. A thin spongy layer is below it. Will this still be OK for one season? The others were not quite dry so we cleaned them up a bit & tipped them to finish.

My son wants to paint his with colours. Does anyone know what kind of paint is best that would be safe for the birds? Do I have to prime them first? This is our first year but seems like fun so far (I have not drilled the holes yet so I will reserve judgement!)

thanks all

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Re: Birdhouse Gourds

Postby SzyQLvyDvy » Mar 06, 2009 11:25 am

I am loving those! I want to try to plant some this year. I've never planted them before, so I have no idea what I'm doing, but I guess I'll give it a shot anyway.
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Re: Birdhouse Gourds

Postby Blossom » Mar 07, 2009 3:13 am

Sharon - just do a google search on "painting birdhouse gourds" and lots of ideas and instructions will come up. Most are recomending an oil-based primer and 2 coats of exterior enamel or acrylic paints. My husband clear-coated most of ours but kept out 3 for us to paint. Have fun. Try this site
http://www.gitaland.com/tutorials/tutivy.html
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