Thanks, Linda! I buy very inexpensive birdhouses from craft shops (Michael's) and paint them. After they're painted, my husband sprays them with polyurethane so that the paint doesn't wash off in the rain outside. Painting the birdhouses helps me get through the winter when I can't be out in the garden!
"The chickens are all behaving themselves inside the barnyard since I added hawthorne tree trimmings along the picket fenceline. Along with raspberries & blackberries growing up, there's no way they want to get through into the back yard…"