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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Where to Place Your Nesting Box

The habitat available to you will be the primary factor determining the type of birds you can attract for nesting. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Make sure that you place birdhouses in a location where the target bird species is likely to reside. Before placing your box, research habitat, nest height and direction preferences for the species.
  • Avoid putting nesting boxes in areas where herbicides and pesticides are used. Not only do these chemicals decrease insect populations–the primary food source for most cavity-nesting birds–but they can also harm birds directly.
  • The box can be mounted on a tree or a pole. Placing the box on a pole with a predator baffle to protect the birds is often more successful. Make sure that the box is attached securely enough to withstand severe weather and winds.
  • Take into consideration the direction your box is facing and how much direct sun it receives. Many birds will reject boxes that face due west, for example, because the box may stay too hot.

Reasons Why Birds Are Not Using Boxes

  1. You Set It Up During The Wrong Season
  2. You Built Your Birdhouse At The Wrong Height
  3. Your Birdhouse Is Placed At The Wrong Location
  4. Your Birdhouse Entrance Hole Isn’t The Right Size
  5. Your Birdhouse’s Previous Nest Hasn’t Been Cleaned Out
  6. Your Birdhouse Has Predators and Threats Nearby
  7. Your Birdhouse Is Painted Too Bright and Fancy
  8. Your Birdhouse Isn’t Paired With A Nearby Birdbath and Feeder
  9. Your Birdhouse has a Perch On The Front
  10. You Put Birdfeed Inside The Birdhouse
  11. You Placed Too Much Nesting Materials In The Birdhouse
  12. Your Birdhouse Size Is Too Small/Too Big
  13. Your Area Might Not Have Many Cavity-Nesting Bird Species

It may take some time, but with proper research and care of the nesting boxes, you can enjoy the miracle of life in your own backyard. I know the birds that are using my nesting boxes are probably saying ahhh , Home sweet Home.