Roosting Boxes for Birds

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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

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  • cherie February 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I am new to this suburban birding…I am not sure what height to place this roositng box nor am I sure at what height to place any house. we do attract naturally to feed some of the birds you mention here…I would especially like to encourage bluebirds and titmice they come to our trees but have never seen them do more then just flit from here to there. we also attract all manner of finch and hummer as well as after nesting orieole….we are the central coast of santa barbara county ca. we have shrubs ferns flowers 2 apple trees a large birch tree and manzanita..these around the perimeter of the yard mostly..I am willing to place special post or plantings to help the birds feel welcome.

  • R. Brune February 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Cheri,
    All the roosting boxes come with very specific instructions. (I wrote them!). Titmice are seed-eating birds and bluebirds are insect-eaters, so you will need to use two different methods to attract them into your yard. The titmice will love black oil sunflower seeds in a tube or platform feeder. You might enjoy this article:
    Bluebirds love dried or live mealworms and you can also attract them with suet nuggets or Miracle meal for Bluebirds which you can find on our website. Here’s an article about them and how to attract them…

  • agnesbartrug February 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I would like to mention some from A ROBIN BIRD,that I have seen. I got a lot of robins lately and some were in my trees, most of all I was watching one that was sitting on a branch{no seeds near the bird} all of a sudden the bird opened his beak and spit our a round dark seed and a couple more after that. This was suprising to watch.

  • Louis King February 24, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve had BBs for years. I’m now seeing them every day (Yes they stay during the winter here in Michigan) going to my Sunflower Heart feeder. I’ve never seen this before, but it’s an every day occurrence now. They will also go to the “Insect suet balls” I get from Duncraft. I have five Blue Bird houses out. Way too close but the Tree swallows use the nests also. Mine are all at head high. I only need to stretch up onto my tip toes to see into the houses. Also something I believe helps tremendously. I have a heated bird bath. It’s out all year, but in the late fall I put in a heater, and it keeps the water open all winter. The BBs know this, and come in for drinks/baths every couple of days. CUL Lou

  • Scott March 2, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I have a roosting box and have not had one bird use it. I put it up a little late but they should still be using it. I put it a little lower than was suggested so maybe that’s it? I was also thinking they aren’t using it because the hole is on the bottom instead of the top like it usually is but you would think it wouldn’t matter. Could be because of the direction its facing as well but I’ll put it higher and see what happens.

  • Bill Marvin December 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I built and installed 3 roost boxes on the south wall of my garage, complete with a landing dowel positioned just under the boxes. I am concerned that the birds can’t see inside of the boxes to climb up the screen on the back wall to the dowels. I’ve read that birds do not see well in the dark.

    My second concern is how do I attract the birds to the new boxes?

    • Heidi Babb December 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Thanks for the comment. I can’t really comment on how birds will react to your home-made models, but I can say that the birds who use them are cavity nesters and are accustomed to navigating small interior spaces in dim light. I’m also not sure which birds will be comfortable using boxes that are attached to a building. I have installed mine on tree trunks and posts near trees and bushes, facing away from prevailing winds.