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Features 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.

Ventilation
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.

Drainage
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 bacteria.

Insulation

The bird house should be made of substantial material to insulate the babies from temperature changes ... whether extreme heat or extreme cold.

Rough Interior
Fledglings need a rough surface inside the bird house so they can climb out when it is time to leave the nest.

No Perch
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 without it.

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 occupied.

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.

Durability
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 water.


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