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Attract birds this nesting season
When you’re choosing a birdhouse for your yard, there are many different features to keep in mind. Here are the top five key considerations before selecting your new birdhouse.
Choose which species you would like to attract
First, consider which specific birds you’d like to attract. Chickadees, bluebirds or others? Then look for a species-specific birdhouse. This means if you’re looking to attract bluebirds, then you’re looking for a “bluebird house.” Often, the type of bird you’re looking to attract is in the name of the product. For example, the “Bird-Safe® Premium Observation Bluebird House & Pole.” The name itself is an easy way to know you’re choosing the right type of birdhouse.
Choose a birdhouse with the right-sized entry hole
Now that you know which species you want to attract, make sure the size of the entry hole on the birdhouse you have in mind matches up with the bird’s nesting specifications. In this instance, bluebirds prefer nesting in birdhouses with 1-1/2 inch or 1-9/16 inch diameter entry holes. For chickadees and wrens, choose a 1-1/4 inch or 1-1/8 inch diameter entry hole. Choosing the right-sized entry hole is important because it often doubles as a precaution to discourage larger predators from entering the nesting area.
Choose a birdhouse with easy viewing and observation
Now that you have a reasonable idea of the first two things to look for in a birdhouse, you also want to consider choosing a house where you can easily monitor and view the nesting area. For instance, this may appear as a birdhouse with a side panel that opens up to reveal a partial clear plastic viewing panel. All the better for observing the nest, without disturbing the nesting birds inside.
Choose a birdhouse with ventilation and drainage
While your birds are nesting, the weather is going to vary. Some days, it’s going to rain or the weather will warm up, on occasion. As a precaution for the variable weather, you want to make sure your birdhouse has both ventilation and drainage. Although it’s suggested birdhouses face away from prevailing winds, should rain get into your birdhouse then the drainage allows moisture to drain away from the nesting area. Ventilation, often built-in underneath an overhanging roof, ensures air circulation — which is critically important to keep your nesting birds cool and comfortable, even on warm days or in warm weather climates.
Choose a birdhouse that’s easy to access and clean
Last but not least, you want your new birdhouse to be easy to clean. The setup is different, depending on the type and style of birdhouse you choose. What you’re looking for is a panel, or even a roof, that opens for easy access to clean out the nesting area. For example, bluebirds produce between one and three broods every year. To encourage nesting and multiple broods, you must clean out your birdhouse each time after your baby birds have fledged. This is the best way to encourage birds to nest multiple times, while enjoying more fledglings in your yard.
As you can see, below, we’ve included an infographic to visually portray this information. Keep these five key considerations in mind when you choose your next birdhouse. It’s easy! Shop Duncraft brand birdhouses today at duncraft.com.
To learn more about birdhouses, read the article “When to Set Up Birdhouses” right here on our Wild Bird Blog. Thank you and Happy Birding!
Now take a look at our infographic, called “How to Choose a Birdhouse: 5 Tips to Attract the Birds You Want.”