Ten Considerations Before You Buy A Bird House

 


Article by: Donald Rohde

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The Ten Things:


1. No Perch

Tree holes in the wild have no perches, so the birds , Henry Doubleday Research Association that use nest boxes do not need them. They can be a disadvantage in that they may attract House , How to Read a Seed Catalog Sparrows, an invasive species that often takes over nests from our native hole-nesting birds. , Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting

2. Diameter Of Entrance Hole

Most of our common hole-nesting birds , Easy Fall Propagation Techniques can use an entrance hole 1-1/2 inches in diameter. This size also keeps out Starlings, another invasive species that takes over nest boxes from native species.

3. Inside , A Guide To Japanese Gardens Flooring Dimensions

The inside , Stump Grinders - Use Stump Grinders Safely! dimensions of the box are important and should be at least 4 inches by 4 inches so that there is room , Growing and Harvesting Rose Hips for the young to develop.

4. Overall Height Of House

The distance from the bottom of the entrance hole to the floor , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 15) Ozone of the box should be at least 5 inches. This keeps the developing young well down in the box and away from predators that might approach the entrance hole.

5. Easy Access For Cleaning

You must be able to open the box, either on the side, front, or top. This helps in two ways: to monitor the progress and health of the young; and to clean out the box at the end of the season. , Water Gardens - How To Build A Pond

6. Ventilation

There must be holes or slits at the top of the box sides or along the top of the front of the box to let hot air , Spring Rose Care - The Easy Way out when the sun , Abatement Challenges of Non-Native Noxious Weeds beats down on the box in summer. , How to Read a Seed Catalog

7. Drain Holes

The bottom of the box needs to have holes or cut off corners to allow any water , Keeping Houseplants Alive During Summer Vacation Droughts to drain out of the box.

8. Mounting

Check to see if there is some way that you can attach the box to a pole, such as holes or a bracket.

9. Wood , Dog Damage to Lawns Material Of Choice

Be sure that the materials the box is made of are 3/4 inch thick wood , Spring Rose Care - The Easy Way or a similar material that will insulate the birds , Water Pond Safety from cold , Wicker Patio Furniture - Buying and Maintenance Tips and heat. , Dog Damage to Lawns The only exception to wood , Bedding Plants and Plugs (small plants) is Purple Martin Housing -- many are made out of Metal. , Recipes for Concrete and Hypertufa

10. Roof , Want to Build a Pond? Overhang

The roof , Outdoor Accessories: Fashion that Goes Beyond Furniture should overhang the entrance hole by 1 to 2 inches. This both shades the entrance hole and keeps the rain out.

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