How to Attract Birds to New Birdhouse?


Be patient, since it may take many years before a mating couple decides to make their home in your backyard.

You are not limited to putting up birdhouses in the spring; in fact, you may do it whenever you choose throughout the year. The autumn season is lovely. When they are not being used, other species of birds will utilize the cavities as a place to roost during the winter months.

Whether you choose to buy a bird house or build your own, it is important to ensure that it is made of long-lasting wood (such as redwood, white cedar, or cypress), has enough ventilation, and has drainage holes. As a source of inspiration, we have a wonderful collection of wild bird homes for you to peruse. Install on top of a strong pole or post. Make it secure in order to ensure that it is safe and stable. Make sure it is safe from any potential dangers, including intruders and predators like cats and squirrels. Install birdhouses at a location that is apart from the area where you feed the birds, but one from which you can still observe and take pleasure. Make sure that the front of the box is not exposed to any wind. This signifies that you are facing south or southeast, depending on where you are. Birds enjoy wide, sunlit locations. Please make sure your homes are spotless following the departure of each brood. Any old nesting material should be removed, discarded, and then scrubbed with a solution of bleach that is 10 percent. Any old nesting material that is abandoned on the ground might attract dangerous animals.
Wait until everything is thoroughly dry before remounting. Because of this, illnesses and parasites will not be able to spread. Nesting shelves are favored by birds such as Robins, Phoebes, and Swallows. During the breeding season, several species of birds consume a lot of food. On a fruit feeder, apples seem to be the most popular offering.

Building a birdhouse together as a family is an enjoyable and instructive project that everyone can participate in.

Putting up birdhouses and feeders is a simple technique to attract more birds to the area surrounding your home or to the woodlot you own. Here are some tips on how to construct nesting boxes suitable for a variety of bird species and how to properly set them up.

  • Leave some ventilation openings or space towards the top of each side of each home, as well as some drain holes or space in the bottom of each house so that water may escape. Maintain a constant airflow throughout the home to maintain a dry and comfortable temperature.
  • It is important to have a roof that has an overhang of at least two inches on the front of the structure. This will cover the entry hole from rain that is blown in by the wind and will also prevent cats and other animals from reaching in from above.
  • To lessen the likelihood of territorial disputes between birds, provide at least 25 feet of space between adjacent boxes (or 300 feet for bluebird homes).
  • The vast majority of birds have a strong sense of territoriality and will defend the territory surrounding their nest. Colonies of purple martins are common, and these birds are more likely to be found in “apartment buildings” than in single-family homes.
  • The majority of homes have to be anchored to a tree, post, or other structure. Due to the risk of cats and raccoons getting into them, bluebird boxes should not be hung from trees.
  • Utilizing wood as the primary material is recommended. On the outside of the box, particularly on the rear, preservatives such as paint or stain (preferably one that is waterproof) may be applied, but not on the inside of the box. Creosote should not be used in any preservation methods.
  • When making nest boxes, never make use of metal, tin cans, or milk cartons. They pose a risk of overheating, which may result in the loss of eggs and young birds. The only possible exception is commercial martin homes made of aluminum.
  • Mice, squirrels, bees, and even wasps and wasp nests have been known to take up home in people’s cardboard boxes. If they are not desired, remove them (being very cautious not to be stung!), and if they are, put up a few additional boxes so that there is space for both the anticipated and unanticipated occupants.

Although not all birds will utilize birdhouses, over 50 different species of birds native to North America have been seen using birdhouses. Birdhouses of certain sizes and forms are more likely to attract particular species of birds.

Visit our birdhouse measurements table below to learn the particular requirements needed to attract the species of wild birds that you have in mind.

WILD BIRD 
SPECIES
FLOOR SIZEBOX HEIGHTENTRANCE
ABOVE FLOOR
ENTRANCE HOLEHEIGHT
ABOVE
GROUND
American Robin7″ x 8″8 “—-—-6-15′
Barn Owls10″ x 18″15-18″4″6″12-18′
Bluebirds5″ x 5″8-12″6-10″1 1/2″4-6′
Chickadees4″ x 4″8-10″6-8″1 1/8″4-15′
Common & Northern Flicker7″ x 7″16-18″14-16″2 1/2″6-20′
Flycatchers6″ x 6″8-12″6-10″1 1/2 to 1 3/4″5-15′
House Finch6″ x 6″6″4″2″8-12′
House Sparrows4″ x 4″ to 5″ x 5″9-12″6-7″1 3/16 – 2″— 
Nuthatches4″ x 4″8-10″6-8″1 1/4 to 1 3/8″5-15′
Osprey48″ x 48″ Platform—-—-—-—-
Phoebes6″ x 6″6″—-—-8-12′
Purple Martins6″ x 6″6″1-2″1 3/4″ – 2 1/4″10-15′
Downy Woodpecker4″ x 4″8-10″6-8″1 1/4″5-15′
Hairy Woodpecker6″ x 6″12-15″9-12″1 1/2″8-20′
Pileated Woodpecker8″ x 8″16-24″12-20″3×4″15-25′
Red-Bellied Woodpecker6″ x 6″12-15″9-12″2 1/2″10-20′
Red-Headed Woodpecker6″ x 6″12-15″9-12″2″10-20′
Red-Tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl24″ x 24″ Platform—-—-—-—-
Screech Owls and Kestrels8″ x 8″12-15″9-12″3″10-30′
Barn Swallows6″ x 6″6″—-—-8-12′
Violet-Green and Tree Swallows5″ x 5″6-8″4-6″1 1/2″5-15′
Titmice4″ x 4″10-12″6-10″1 1/4″5-15′
Prothonotary Warbler5″ x 5″6″4-5″1 1/8″4-8′
Wood Ducks10″ x 18″10-24″12-16″4″10-20′
Wrens4″ x 4″6-8″4-6″1 to 1 1/2″5-10′
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker5″ x 5″12-15″9-12″1 1/2″10-20′

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