Roosting boxes are an important, all-season addition to backyard habitats—and something that’s easy to install in your yard. Roosting boxes protect birds from frigid winter conditions, driving rain and windy nights by offering shelter that they often can’t find in a suburban setting. Birds that use roosting boxes are the same birds that use bird houses in spring, such as chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, bluebirds and titmice.
Duncraft’s new series of roosting boxes are different from the standard wooden roosting box for a number of reasons. First, they let birds perch on an interior ladder system. Most roosting boxes have fixed wooden perches, so cleaning the perches and the inside of the box can be difficult. And since many birds use a roosting box at once, they do need to be cleaned out on occasion, especially after the winter season. The recycled-plastic ladder system in Duncraft’s roosting box is completely removable, so you can take it out when you clean the box. The ladder system also encourages higher perching so birds are able to get higher in the box and away from drafts.
Duncraft’s roosting boxes are made of durable, high-impact plastic with an Eco-friendly, recycled plastic roof. These materials have non-porous surfaces that are easy to clean and disinfect and they won’t harbor bacteria or parasites. And since the body of the box is one piece, it keeps out drafts better. Plastic construction stays looking great for years!
Each roosting box comes with a built-in hanger so it can be mounted on a tree trunk or 4 x 4 post. And they have a pre-drilled base to accept a one-inch pole with a bottom-mount adapter—also available from Duncraft. Pole-mounting your roosting box gives you the option of locating the box in the most ideal location for viewing and also so it’s in the the most ideal location for the birds. Complete care instructions are included that tell you exactly where to put the box, such as placing it away from prevailing winds, facing west and more.
So, as you continue to work on your backyard habitat, consider putting up a roosting box or two this year. You’ll know your birds will have a place to go when the weather is at its worst.
Written by R. Brune