Decorating Your Yard
If you are enthusiastic about animals, especially birds, or just want to decorate your garden, constructing a bird house tends to make an incredible craft project for the afternoon, nest boxes are simple to build and a lot of fun watching over the spring and summer when birds are raising their babies. A basic bird house can be completed in several hours and with a very little budget.
For blue birds and their young, a nest box makes not only a perfect area for nesting, but it also provides a place to locate easily food.
Measurements always matters because the box proportions and its entrance hole size should be considered to provide accommodations to our choice of the bird kinds.
Bird house Construction Advices:
- Use galvanized nails with wood screws or spiral shank.
- Do not use pressure-treated wood.
- Use a rough-sawn lumber, 1″ thick is recommended (at least ½”) to isolate the nest box from the temperature; cedar will be a good choice.
- Allow ventilation by making an opening between the roof and sides or holes in the top.
- Holes in the bottom for drainage.
- Do not paint the box inside, instead paint the roof with a light color to protect it from moisture and to reflect warmth.
- Perch isn’t essential! Because it only give an easy leg-up to predators.
- Securing the entrance with a hardware wire allowing the bird to get through it but not a raccoon.
- Place the bird house face away from the dominant winds.
- Protect the opening from squirrels by placing around the entrance hole a piece of thin pieces of metal.
- For cleaning and examination, you should make sure that the front panel or the side of the box is hinged so it can be opened easily.
The importance of location:
A nest box success, like a primary piece of real estate, depends on it emplacement.
So here are some guidelines for placing blue bird house:
- Install the boxes 5 feet from the ground and face the openings south or east.
- Place the houses 150 yards at least from buildings, farms, feedlots, or other areas where there is any house sparrows.
- Make sure that the nest box is hanging from a baffled hanger or on a baffled pole to keep predators away from accessing the house.
- Avoid areas where feral or domestic cats are common.
- To avoid blue bird’s territorial disputes, the birdhouses should be placed 150 yards apart. However, you may reduce competition between tree swallows and blue birds by placing boxes in pairs, allowing one pair of each kinds to nest in close proximity.
- Face boxes toward shrubs or trees so that young birds can easily leave the nest and fly to a perch.
- Do not place birdhouses on wooden fence posts that are deteriorating or rotten to avoid any ant problems.
- Avoid placing the boxes where chemicals are frequently sprayed.
To increase the chance that bird family will make from your birds house its home, you should do your homework and learn from other peoples mistakes, so you can considerably increase the likelihood.