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.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

5 things to make setting up a bird house easier

1. Put up nesting material - Not all birds nest in houses, but they all appreciate good nesting material. At Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing, MI store we have cotton nesting balls, bison down bags, and Birdie bells full of grasses, cotton, animal hair and feathers. Or you can collect: twigs, cotton or wool yarn cut less than 3 inches, human hair or animal fur, feathers or dried decorative grasses. (Thread, plastic material and lint are the 3 big no, nos for nesting material.)
2. Choose a house – Just like feeders, it's best to find a house that is designed well and easy to clean. Look for homes with an easy clean out, proper ventilation, drainage holes, untreated wood, or recycled plastic houses with the proper design. Not all birdhouses are equal. Studies show the inside dimension, the shape and the diameter of the opening determine what birds it will attract. Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing, Michigan store always has a wide selection of functional bird houses available.
3. Mount the house - Wild Birds Unlimited has an exclusive, patented Advanced Pole System® (APS) mounting hardware that is the perfect for your bird feeding or bird housing needs. There is a 1” pole that screws into the ground for the larger Bluebird houses or the push into the ground ½” pole for the smaller wren and chickadee houses.
4. Protect the house - Wild Birds Unlimited has metal portal protectors that you can add to most houses to prevent squirrels from chewing the entrances larger. Or to protect the nest inside the house from unwanted predators reaching in and stealing eggs, attach the Screw Mount Birdhouse Guardian. These will prevent squirrels, raccoons, opossum and cats from bending their arms to reach the resident birds. Crows, Blue Jays and grackles can't get their bodies through the guardian and are also deterred. We also have baffles you can add to our Wild Birds Unlimited bird house poles or wood 4x4” poles. This will stop all squirrels and raccoons from climbing to the house.
5. Have water nearby Water is a powerful attraction and will increase the number and variety of birds coming to your yard. In fact parent birds will often bring babies to the bird bath as their first road trip.

Related Articles:
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Which Way Do You Face a Birdhouse? http://bit.ly/AD43TW
Don’t use treated lumber to build a birdhouse http://bit.ly/x2pIG0
When do birds begin nesting? http://bit.ly/wbJ3kE
DO NOT Collect Dryer Lint for the birds to use as nesting material! http://bit.ly/wC5HcO

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