About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Am I supposed to take down my birdhouses?

Snowy Birdhouse

Image by tamdotcom via FlickrDo birds use bird houses in the winter months or do I take them down? What are roosting boxes? Do you know? Rob ~ Dimondale, MI

Yes, I do know. Wild Birds Unlimited sells both bird houses and roosting houses. Roosting boxes are similar to bird houses except the entrance hole is usually at the bottom of the box. The theory is that heat rises and when the birds perch inside at the top of the box, they'll be warmer.

Roosting Box has low entrance
There is no need to take down functional birdhouses for the winter. Birds will also use nesting boxes in the fall and winter months for roosting. One or more birds can use the houses as shelter from rain, snow and freezing cold winds.

Typical residents of the roosting and nest boxes are bluebirds, sparrows, chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches and more.

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