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 cosy 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.
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