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Патент USA US3087470

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April 30, 1963
Filed 001;- 5, 1960
United States Patent Office
Patented Apr. ‘30, 1963
V or other shape which is‘ here indicated by the refer
ence numeral 18. The‘ forward Wall 14 may be provided
with an entrance aperture or opening 20 .and if desired
the rear wall also could be provided with a similar aper
ture. Also the roof may be provided with overhanging
Alton H. Stone, Box 55, Westboro, Mass.
Filed 0612.5, 1960, Ser. No. 60,695
2 Claims. (Cl. 119-23)
The present invention relates to a new and improved
birdhouse or feeding station, including nesting boxes and
shelters, all for the aid and comfort of birds, and the
principal object of the present invention resides in the
eaves as is common in. birdhouses if desired.
The roof portions 18 depend at their side edges well
below the plane ofthe bottom edge indicated at 22 of
the forward and rear walls, and terminate in relatively
enlarged longitudinal portions which are indicated at 24.
provision of devices of the class described which are
molded of expanded plastic material so that they are
These longitudinal portions extend from end-to-cnd, i.e.,
inexpensive to manufacture, light weight, waterproof,
edges are provided with inwardly directed grooves 26,
forward to rear of the member 10, and at their inner
insulated against heat and cold, and vermin-proof, besides
26 for a purpose to be described. The formation of
being non-toxic and particularly easily cleaned and 15 these grooves leaves an extending portion 28., 28 form
washed, there being no cracks or rot possible because
of‘ the material used and the novel construction utilized.
At the present time, the expanded material is polystyrene
ing the lower wall of each groove.
The lower portion of. the device 12 is also a molded
expanded plastic piece which is inexpensively manufac
or polyurethane, but in any event the plastic material
tured and it has a bottom and side walls all of which
is of expansible cellular nature which is quickly and 20 terminate in a plane at the line‘ 22, but the longitudinal
easily and inexpensively molded into the shapes desired.
sidewalls which are indicated at 30, 30 are recessed at
Other objects of the invention include the provision
the outside aspects thereof and these are grooved at 32
ofa birdhouse, shelter, etc. made generally in two main
to form slide members 34, 34 which slide in the grooves
parts, one of which forms a roof and upper portion of
26, the grooves at' 32 receiving the parts‘28 described
the birdhouse, ‘etc., and the‘other one of which forms 25 above. It will be seen that the entire lower nesting box
the lower portion, nesting'box, etc., these two main
part of ‘the device is slidable like a drawer and may be
pieces having interconnecting means for easy opening
easily opened and closed as is indicated in FIG. 6.
as by a novel drawer slide construction; by a novel pin
' One of the advantageous aspects of the present inven
and-hole construction; or by a novel hinged construction
tion is that being molded, it can be provided with inside
for easy separability and cleaning of the parts.
walls as at 36 which are tapered inwardly in a down
A further object of the invention resides in the pro
ward direction as clearly shown in FIG. 1 not only pro
vision of an inexpensive light-weight birdhouse as de
viding a better nesting box for the bird but having all
scribed above including new and improved means for
of the corners thereof rounded off for quicker and
fastening the same wherever desired as against a tree
easier cleaning and ?ushing out. It is pointed out that
or wall of a building, etc., thus providing a quick and 35 the ordinary wooden bird’s nests are not provided with
easy way for the birdhouse to be set up and taken down
such a construction so that it will be seen that the
in addition to the quick and easy manner of cleaning
and washing the same.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will
appear hereinafter.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings,
in which
FIG. 1 is a view in front elevation showing one form
of the birdhouse, part being in section;
present bird’s nest is much more sanitary and vermin
free both because it is easy to clean and because vermin
will not stay in a house made of expandible plastic.
There are no joints or cracks in either part of the novel
At any desirable points, interiorly threaded metal
sleeves or collars such as at 38 are secured into the side
walls by means of washers or ?anges 40 which may have
FIG. 2 is an enlarged view in elevation illustrating a 45 penetrating members 42 or the like securing the same in
fastening device for locating the birdhouse in position;
position. Such devices are well known in the art and
FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 1 showing a modi?~
may be molded into the wall of the birdhouse in any lo
cation or they may be fastened in after the birdhouse is
FIG. 4 is a view similar to FIG. 1 showing a further
molded. Appropriate locations are on the side walls and
50 on the bottom and the top of the roof portion 10.
FIG. 5 is a view on a reduced scale, looking in the
In order to fasten the birdhouse in position where
direction of arrow 5 in FIG. 4; and
desired, it is merely necessary to take a fastener as that
FIG. 6 is a diagrammatic view illustrating the drawer
at 38 and apply it to the side wall of a house, a tree
action of the construction of FIG. 1.
trunk, post, or the like. Then a right and left~hand
The material of which the birdhouses, shelters, nesting 55 screw-threaded fastener which is indicated at 44 in FIG.
boxes, etc. are made is well known in the art and is
2 is properly inserted in such threaded opening and then
generally referred to as an expansible plastic such as
by inserting the opposite end of the fastener 44 in the
polystyrene and polyurethane. Other similar suitable
device 38 of the birdhouse wall or top portion, a rota
expansible cellular materials may be used without de
tion of the fastener 44 in the appropriate direction will
parting from the scope of the invention.
60 cause the birdhouse to be tightly secured to its support.
Referring now to FIG. 1, there is shown a birdhouse
or nesting box which comprises two main parts, both of
which are very inexpensively made in molds by means
well known in the art. The two parts are an upper part
or roof part 10 and a lower or nesting box part 12. The
upper part 10 may be of any shape or size desired, its
principal characteristic being that it is molded in one
piece of the expansible plastic referred to and has a
If desired, washers and nuts such as at 46 may be utilized
in order to lock and position both the fastener 44 to a
side support and the birdhouse to the fastener 44.
Referring now to FIG. 3, there is shown a modi?ed
birdhouse which, however, again has a top or roof por
tion as at 50 and a bottom or nesting box portion as at
52. In this case, the roof portion has the longitudinally
extending side members 54 depending below the rim 56
of the lower portion thereof so that headed pins 58 may
It preferably is provided with a front wall 14, a rear 70 be thrust through appropriate aligned apertures in the
relatively thick wall section of extremely light weight.
wall 16, and the roof parts in the shape of an inverted
depending member 54 and in the rim member 56 of the
nesting box 52.
Thus it will be seen that in this case also the parts
may be quickly and easily taken apart for cleaning pur
poses and whichever part 10 or 12 or 50 or 52 is the part
that is fastened to a support, the other part is removable
In some cases a light weight moldable material such
as paper pulp can be used instead of plastic, and in such
cases the entire device can be disposed of each year or
season because of the cheapness of the material.
so that the interior of the birdhouse may be made avail
able for cleaning. In any event, however, it is a very
easy thing to take down the entire birdhouse simply by
unscrewing it from its fastener ‘44.
Referring now to FIGS. 4 and 5, there is shown a
Having thus described my invention and the advantages
thereof, I do not wish to be limited to the details herein
disclosed, otherwise than as set forth in the claims, but
what I claim is:
54 and this extends down over the rim at '64 of the
purposes or the like, one part comprising a lower nesting
l. A birdhouse formed of light weight, waterproof,
still further modi?cation where the top or roof portion 10 heat insulating material and comprising two readily sep
arable parts to permit access to the interior for cleaning
60 again has an overlapping portion 62 similar to that at
lower portion 66 of the birdhouse. The headed fastener
68 which may be similar to that at 58 is used in the same
manner to lock the parts in position.
However, at the
opposite edge, these parts may be hinged together as by
a pin 70 passing through integral molded-on apertured
hinge parts 72, 74. Here the parts are not necessarily
completely disassembled for cleaning, but it is only neces
sary to remove pin 68 to open up the birdhouse for clean
box portion and the other comprising an upper roof por
tion of inverted V-shape, said upper and lower portions
having cooperating tongue and groove members permit
ting one part to slide relative to the other, said roof por
tion having lateral portions extending beyond the lower
box portion on opposite sides thereof, said upper roof
portion having an end entrance opening therein.
2. A birdhouse as set forth in claim 1 having mounting
means embedded therein comprising an internally screw
threaded member open to the exterior for reception of a
It will be seen that this invention provides a birdhouse,
coacting externally threaded member adapted to be
shelter, feed box or nesting box or other similar nesting
mounted on a supporting structure.
device which carries out all of the objects of the inven
tion and particularly is easy to put up and take down 25
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
and clean besides being vermin-proof, rot-proof, inex
ing purposes.
pensive, light weight, etc.
D. 89,631
Daggett _____________ __ Apr. 18, 1933
Garthus _____________ __ Oct. 21, 1941
liner can be made of ?exible sheet or ?lm or can be
Garthus _____________ __ Oct. 21, 1941
Lyon _______________ __ Nov. 28, 1950
Donkin _____________ .__ Jan. 13, 1959
molded to ?t if desired.
Fitzgerald et a1. ______ __ May 26, 1959
A further feature of the invention resides in the fact
that a liner can be used in the lower or nest part of any
of the forms of the structure, this liner to be removed -
with the old nest and detritus and thrown away.
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