Of some 85 North American species that nest in cavities, about three dozen will also nest in birdhouses.Some of the most common backyard birds that use houses are chickadees, titmice, bluebirds and wrens. You can also attract other species depending on what kind of habitat you have in or near your yard and the kind of birdhouse you use. First, you want to make sure you’re choosing a box that will help, not harm, your tenants.
Desirable nesting box features include:
- Thick walls constructed of untreated wood for insulation.
- Holes for ventilation and drainage.
- An extended and sloped roof to keep out the rain.
- A baffle to keep out raccoons, snakes, house cats and other predators that steal eggs and chicks.
- To maximize the number of birds that use your houses, certain nest box and habitat requirements must be met.
Come in today, and let Grasshopper Gardens help you find the right bird house for your yard!