A birdhouse is a fun DIY project to tackle. It may seem easy but there is much more to consider than you might imagine. This infographic from Capital Garden Services takes you through the main steps to create the perfect birdhouse.
The first thing you need to ensure is that it’s well constructed. Confirm that any wood you use is untreated – cedar, pine or cypress are great options. Galvanised screws are also a must as otherwise, nails can loosen over time, allowing rain to enter the birdhouse. There have been cases where people use staples and these just simply aren’t sufficient.
A vital component of any birdhouse is that it keeps birds dry. To this end, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first thing to do is give the birdhouse a sloped roof made to overhang the front by a few inches. This will keep the heavy rain out and even thwart potential predators. Also, be prepared if water does enter the nest and add 4 drainage holes that can drain away any water.
Temperature is also very important. When houses are built the thickness of the walls and ventilation are extremely important factors and these are also vital for birds. The walls should be at the very minimum 3/4’ thick to insulate the nest. Ventilation will also require two 5/8’ diameter holes on each of the side walls.
Protecting the birdhouse from predators is vital. For example, cats can leap to the top of birdhouse from a nearby tree; so keep it more central if possible. The aim of any birdhouse is for birds to have peace and so that fledgelings can eventually leave the nest. You can help young birds do this by adding rough interior walls and interior groves to help with grip. Check out the infographic if you would like more information.