What Birds need in Order to Feel Comfortable enough to Nest in your Birdhouse
Even birds like free housing, and it’s not too big of an enterprise when you have enough time to spare to make it happen. Bird house builders provide important homes for birds that may keep them safer from predatory concerns than they would be if left to provide their own security. And in return, they are willing to help out with reducing the worm, larvae, and insect population both in your neighborhood and in your lawn or garden and provide free orchestral direction as professional songbirds. Another trait of desirability is that birds will sometimes alert your family to the presence of an unwanted threat that has taken to disturbing their nesting quarters, whether it was one you provided or not.
Birds also excel at being tree testers. How many tree branches have fallen because a bird has inadvertently landed on a rotten tree limb? All humor aside, that’s where they’ll need some of your help when you pick a suitable branch to hang a bird house. And in terms of desirability, it’s all up to you to provide or design the perfect alternative to otherwise typically naked living quarters.
First, it’s important to keep in mind that birds loathe latex solvent odors. They may ignore houses so painted for many months while they “cure” in ambient heat or sunlight, unless they are painted with a bird-friendly paint such as milk paint or organic dye.
Second, birds have to be picky about where they choose to nest. An open nest in a tree offers escape except from the most sneaky of predators. At the same time, it’s subject to the harshness of wind and rain and can even be blown out of the tree if mother bird did not count on the attitude of stormy weather. Open nests are also a sure thing in terms of visibility that any predator can spot with ease.
That’s why the bird house holds so much appeal. Your birds get to remain unseen most of the time, receive each elemental benefit of shelter, and stay both warm & cozy. That’s why you can’t put up just anything that looks like a stereotypical bird house and expect a bird to come around to nest.
Birds need a house that sees to their needs with only one entry and one exit, being the same hole, that lets mama bird enter and exit with a perfect fit. There should also be drain holes at the bottom and ventilation holes at the rear to promote air circulation.
Third, the old bird house model with its stoop just beneath the hole is venom and allows predatory birds a place to land while they promptly go about assaulting a nest. A stoop can be placed on a bird house, but it shouldn’t make the nest insecure.
Fourth, size and construction are two components to the perfect nest that become most essential when attracting specific types of birds is the preferred result. Bigger birds need bigger houses, and birds such as robins do not tend to want to nest in enclosed bird houses, preferring a simple 2-sided home with an all-shielding roof.
To offer a perfectly biodegradable home, drive dry wood pegs such as from cut saplings through holes with a hammer and stray away from nails or screws that leave a hazardous mess.
And fifth, placement offers another challenge. Some birds like a high house whilst others will nest at a height that most can reach.
There are oh-so-many sites that explain the proper sizes and heights involved in construction and what bird you may attract. A 1 3/8″ hole supports at least 50 bird species. It’s best to do an in-depth research on specific bird habits to get ideas on specific needs and optimum placement. It’s best to look for web sites in your state or region to get an idea of what sorts of birds populate the area. Bird watchers may have even more ideas on attracting a rare variety that you personally know to travel through your yard each Spring.
Birds also respond best to a clean house, so be sure to empty the old nesting materials out and even give it a light brushing and spray-down with an alcohol-based disinfectant spray such as Lysol if you want to make a sanitary impression.
If given a choice, birds would rather their rental home blend in with the environment rather than get painted in yellow and pink neon stripes. However, that does not mean that they won’t nest in a high profile house next to having none at all.
Apart from building, consider placing some bird baths or shallow pools somewhere on your property and try to change the water often, because dirty birds leave dirty water. Also, offer bird seed feed that your choice of bird is known for eating. And above all, be sure to keep any provisional structure high enough off the ground that dogs and similar predators can’t get easy access to.
Lastly, don’t expect instant results. Birds tend to nest only twice each Spring, and it may take more than one season for a needy bird to pigeonhole your birdhouse as an unoccupied and uncontested find that offers genuine refuge.
Pay attention to nesting habits and size requirements for your bird and you can determine what sort of house shall serve best. If the comfort is there, then any cracks have been sealed and it is not a house that will fall apart easily. If it smells fine, looks quite stable and blends in well with its surroundings and there is no question about why any bird would want to nest in it, then you have what you need. Reward your birds with care and regard for their vulnerable situation and they will show you that your work was worth the trouble.