2 months, 2 weeks ago
We’re definitely into Spring now, although the weather can’t seem to make it’s mind up, and in the trees around where I live the birds are tweeting at the top of their little lungs (usually at unholy hours of the morning when I’m trying to sleep). The prototype for The FoodPod (my 3D printed bird feeder) is hanging on a tree outside my patio door and I often watch the birds nipping in and out of it. It made me think; it’s large enough to hold a generous amount of peanuts or other bird seed, but wouldn’t it also be large enough for a nest? The smaller birds around me keep having their nests broken into by larger birds and animals, such as the woodpecker who keeps boring into the nestboxes around here and destroying the eggs of bluetits, wrens etc, so I decided to do my bit for those smaller members of our feathered bretheren.
The NestPod is based on the design of The FoodPod but the three large openings have been replaced with one 30mm aperture, small enough for smaller birds but not big enough for larger ones who may wish to get to the smaller ones’ eggs. It’s also made from 3mm thick 3D-printed ABS plastic, enough to give Mr Woodpecker a serious headache should he try to hammer his way through it. ABS is, as I’ve stated before, the stuff car bumpers and LEGO bricks are made of; Mr Woodpecker will need a power-drill to get through that, so he won’t be breaking any eggs THIS time. The front section (what would be the top section on The FoodPod) is still held on by the same locking collar; rotate the front hemisphere gently but firmly counter-clockwise and then pull it off, leaving the back section firmly attached, so you can clean it for next years’ resident.
It could, of course, also be used in the home for small pets; rats, mice, hamsters, small cage birds, all can make a safe home inside, and all you have to do to clean it is to unlock the front, clean it, put the front back on and Hammy’s bed will be clean once more!
Rather than being hung from a tree, like the FoodPod, the NestPod has a four-footed mounting ring with eight screw-holes, enough to mount it securely wherever you want to put it. The prototype is screwed to a tree-stump outside my window, far enough away from the food so it won’t attract predators but close enough that any nesting birds won’t have far to fly. It’s only been in place for twenty four hours so far and I haven’t really been watching, so I’m not sure if it has an occupant yet… but I’ll keep you posted!
So if you want to do your bit to help out the smaller wildlife The NestPod is available 3D printed to order in my Etsy store in a range of colours. Head on over and buy Mr & Mrs Robin a new home!