of a good bird house
Designed for the Species
The size of the nesting box, size of the
entrance, height of the hole above the floor, and
special features, such as, interior ladder,
predator guard or nesting material is provided
for the specific species.
Protection from Elements
A slanted roof and recessed floor will allow
water to run off easily, keeping the nestbox and
its inhabitants dry.
It is important to have ventilation holes at the
top of the house to allow some cross-ventilation
to keep the interior of the nesting box cool.
To keep the nest dry and clean, drainage holes
are needed, preferably in the corners away from
the density of the nest. A dry nest keeps baby
birds healthier and discourages the growth of
The bird house should be made of substantial
material to insulate the babies from temperature
changes ... whether extreme heat or extreme cold.
Fledglings need a rough surface inside the bird
house so they can climb out when it is time to
leave the nest.
A good bird house has no perch because this
simply allows predators easy access. Birds need
no perches and can easily enter a bird house hole
Easy to Clean
It is important that a bird house be cleaned out
after every brood fledges. Nesting material
should be swept out to keep bacteria or parasites
from multiplying. In the fall, the nest box
should be cleaned out after it is no longer
Easy to Mount
A bird house should mount easily and hang firmly
so it does not move around, thus allowing the
eggs to roll inside.
The best bird houses are constructed to last.
Being made of sturdy material, they will not
deteriorate after many years of exposure to sun
and rain. They should also be secured with nails
and screws (not staples) and be designed to repel
Bird House Features
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