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.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Guidelines for Birdhouses: Important Do's and Dont's

The most common bird houses sold at the Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing, Michigan store are chickadee, wren, bluebird, and tree swallows. We also have woodpecker, titmouse, owl, purple martin, and bat houses available.

There are many different styles of nesting boxes, including those that are decorative and bird-specific. All bird houses should meet these six requirements:


1) Correct size – Entrance hole size, and house length, width, and depth need to be designed for specific species.
2) Ventilation holes - Air vents prevent heat build-up and keep baby birds safe.
3) Clean easily – Cleaning the house after each nesting helps deter parasite infestation and a predator’s ability disturb a nest that is built on top of old nests making it closer to the entrance hole.
4) Mount or hang easily - Wild Birds Unlimited has APS birdhouse poles or hanging chains for houses.
5) Durable - Bird houses should be made with material that will protect the birds and withstand several seasons. A baby ladder inside is also nice.
6) Drainage holes - In order to keep babies dry and safe, drainage holes should be placed in the bottom of the house.

Of course not all birds use nest boxes and you can encourage other birds to nest in your yard by providing nesting material and an attractive habitat.
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