Bird Houses come in a lot of shapes and forms. Some are more “fun” than practical for the intended purpose, but they do offer a really rustic and cozy look that collectors enjoy.
Others are more practical, attracting a variety of species, and are easy to maintain … I organized them on different web pages for you. Please click on the relevant links to view the large variety of wonderful bird houses out there …
Other Websites Potentially of Interest: Information on Nesting Habits of Wild Birds and Nesting Boxes / Areas that You Can Provide for Wild Birds – Includes instructions for building your own!
Here are some tips on where to put bird houses: Place the bird house at a height that’s convenient for you. After all, you’ll want to watch what goes on and keep the box clean. It’s a lot easier to clean out a box at eye level rather than high up in the air.
- Bird houses mounted on metal poles are less vulnerable to predators than houses nailed to tree trunks or hung from tree limbs.
- Provide no more than four small nest boxes for any one species or one large box per acre.
- Put about 100 yards between bluebird boxes and 75 yards between swallow boxes (if you have both species, “pair” the houses with one bluebird box 25 feet from a swallow box. Put the “pair” 100 yards away.)
- Don’t put bird houses near bird feeders.
- Don’t put more than one box in a tree, unless the tree is extremely large or the boxes are for different species.
- During hot summers, face the entrance holes of your boxes north or east to avoid overheating the box.