Making Birdhouses – (A Great Weekend Project)

Making birdhouses is a great weekend project. Attracting birds to your garden or backyard could be very beneficial to both the environment and you, the homeowner if you treat them with care.

Benefits of Attracting Birds

As for the benefits of attracting birds to your backyard, there are many. First of all, it is a natural form of pest control. Many bird species actually eat a variety of insects which includes the ones we dislike such as spiders and mosquitoes. By bringing more birds into your backyard to tackle this problem, they are taking advantage of the given food source and removing the need to use any grotesque and harsh chemicals in your yard.

A second perk, especially if you have a garden, would be flower pollination. There are many species of birds out there that actually sip nectar are capable of pollinating any garden flowers. By attracting more of these kinds of birds to your garden, you actually are caring for your flowerbed.

Next, the value of your property will drastically increase. A landscape that attracts birds is known to have better curb appeal and an outstanding value for homeowners. But your own value isn’t the only one going up, surrounding lots and even the neighborhood’s value will increase.

Wildlife Conservation is Important

Wildlife Conservation is incredibly important. Each year, more foliage is torn down, removing the habitats of various birds. By making the backyard an ideal location for birds to visit and reside, it provides a habitat for local species and even migrating birds.

Lastly, and most interestingly, watching birds is a major stress relief. It’s wonderful to once in a while take some time to sit back and enjoy nature. Birdwatching will naturally ward off any stress or worries on your mind and restore your health bit by bit.

But how do you attract these birds and keep them here? Simple, birdhouses.

Making birdhouses can be a bit intimidating at first, especially with some of the more complicated bird house plans, but it can be done and the benefits make it completely worth it.

Wren Birdhouse

One of the simplest birdhouse designs is for the Wren bird. These songbirds require a much smaller, simpler house due to their size. They mainly require a space for their babies. Making one significantly larger than needed would only attract a much stronger, more invasive species to steal their home.

The bottom part of the birdhouse should measure 4-by-4 inches. The sides’ height should be about 8 inches tall angled down to 6 inches.

Next, the entrance hole, which is the most important part. The size of the hole depends on which species of Wrens that will be residing. Just go by which ones are in the area to determine the size. If House Wrens are the dominant species in the area, the measurement to go with would be a diameter of 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 inches. The Carolina Wren is a significantly larger bird and requires a larger hole that has a diameter around 1 1/2 inches. Regardless of the hole size, approximately drill the hole 4 to 6 inches above the floor of the house.

It is recommended to put an additional hole at the bottom of the birdhouse as well for additional drainage and ventilation. Lower the floor about 1/4 of an inch to prevent rotting. When putting the roof on the house, make sure it can be opened so it is easier to clean and maintain.

Bluebird Birdhouse

Now, how about making a house for a Bluebird? The birdhouse plan is easy but a bit more complicated than the Wren Birdhouse. You’ll need three pieces of cedar wood, one measuring 11x1x12 inches, another 23x1x8 inches (which will be trimmed down to 6 1/2 for the sides), and lastly, one 32x1x5 inch (trimmed to 5 inches for the front and back parts)

In addition, two nails, 1-5/8 inch galvanized (iron or steel covered with zinc) deck screws, 8 feet of 3/4 electrical wire and two straps, a table saw, a power drill and carpenter’s glue.

You’ll need to use your table saw to cut the wood up. For the top piece, cut it up to 11 1/4″ x 11″.

Next, tackle the side pieces. Both should be 6 1/2″ across but their heights different since the roof will be at a slant rather than flat across. The back side will be 12 1/4″ and the front is 10 3/4″. For ventilation purposes, drill 5/8″ holes about an inch below the top and 2″ from the side. As for where the screw will be going, around the top of the edge at the 3/8″ spot, drill a 1/8″ hole. These are your sides.

After that, it’s time to finish the front. It is supposed to be 5″ wide and 10 3/4″ long. The entrance hole will depend heavily on the bluebirds in your area. Are they eastern or western? The eastern requires a 1 1/2″ hole and the western needs 1 9/16″. The hole will need to be centered 2″ below the top and 2 1/2″ from the side.

To make it easier for younger breeds to enter the birdhouse, it is recommended to leave scratches on the front of the box so they can climb inside.

The bottom must be 5″ square but with each corner cut at a 45-degree angle. The vent hole must be 3/8″. The back must be 5″ across and 15″ high.

The last thing to do is glue all the pieces together. Lastly, put in the galvanized screws in the holes from before. The front part is movable for cleaning purposes now.

Purple Martins Birdhouse

Purple Martins are a little bit easier to please. The Floor and roof area of their birdhouse must be 6×6 inches. As for the height of the walls, between 5-7 inches is ideal. The entrance hole must have a diameter between 1 3/4 and 2 1/4 inches. It must be located an inch above the floor. Some birdhouses require porches but for the Purple Martins, it is optional. If interested, simply make it 4 inches wide.

Setting up the backyard to be a natural habitat for birds has many important benefits to consider. From saving an endangered population to stress relief, there’s nothing but good results for attracting birds to your backyard. Putting together birdhouses can give a safe place to rest.

Here is a great little video on building a birdhouse and what to consider.

One of the best tools you can use to make wooden birdhouses is a jigsaw. Take a look at our review of some of the best cordless jigsaws on the market.

Last update on 2018-03-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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