The bluebird is amongst the most amazing bird species. As a result of human behavior and potential natural nesting sites that have been destroyed, the bluebird population decreased in the 20th century by 90%. Everyone is encouraged to put a bluebird house in his back yard to help boost this population number.
Here are some guidelines to follow while setting up your bluebird house:
The right materials to use:
– Start with clean, good (no paint or chemical) solid wood (aged plywood will be perfect). Not metal, plastic or glass, it has to be natural wood with a minimum of 5/8 inch redwood, thick cedar with rough surfaces. I have had problems with some bird species, especially bluebird not being able to get out of the bird house because the inside surface smoothness.
– The reason behind the rough wood choice is because it offers a rough surface that will make it possible for bluebird to get a grip to get out of the nest box. However, to avoid the birds getting hurt, you should verify that there aren’t nails or spikes sticking on the outside or inside walls of the bluebird house.
Bringing design into your bird house:
– Principally it has to be a standing rectangular box with an installed roof on top at a 45° angle.
– The entrance hole must be smaller than 1.625 inches or starlings will get in quickly and larger than 1.4375 inches or bluebird won’t move in.
– The size of the floor should be 5 inches x 5 inches. The box height should be eight inches. And for some security and protection, the entrance should be close to the roof to offer the deep cavity that the bluebird is searching for.
– To make the box secure and easy for cleaning, it is recommended to put hinges instead of nails on the roof. It is essential to clean the bluebird house every spring to get rid of any rubbish from the preceding residents.
– When you’ll be constructing the floor, offer airing in the bluebird nest box by making the corners round. But not too much, so snakes and mice wouldn’t be able to get inside.
Choosing the best location for your nest box:
– The last thing you’ll need once you finished building your bluebird house is finding a good emplacement. Bluebird prefers to face open green spaces. So do not place the next box in humid, shady areas.
– To save the wind from getting straight through the front door, the orientation of the entrance hole must be the southeast.
– It is okay to attach it to a huge tree in full sun, as long as it faces an open area.
Bluebird house plans are the best way to discover the kind of bird nest box to construct according to the species that it will attract. Birds search for specific standards before deciding to make their nest and moving in.
Photo.: Shirley Binn