Birdhouse Basics | This Old House

Birdhouse Basics | This Old House

Birdhouse Basics | This Old House

Site it right.

in> Birds that like to lay their eggs in nesting boxes prefer ones that get morning sun and have holes sheltered from prevailing winds. To protect nesters from marauders, including raccoons, squirrels, snakes, and house.

sparrows, Kress, and other people. (You can buy post adapters that screw into the base of the houses to anchor them to the poles, about $ 5 each, available from Duncraft.) Slide a cone-shaped baffle onto the pole below the house to make it more difficult for climbing predators to reach the nest.

Keep it clean. A little annual housekeeping makes a house inviting to newcomers. Come fall, when breeding season ends, open the box (most unscrew from the back, bottom, or top) and clean it out. Use a spatula to remove old nesting material, and wipe down the inside with a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. Thoroughly rinse the inside, then let it dry completely before closing the birdhouse. Condition the exterior only with a coat of linseed oil on bare wood or a fresh coat of water-based latex paint. Then keep an eye out for a new batch of residents in the spring.

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Birdhouse Basics | This Old House

To encourage nesters to turn their birdhouse into a home, follow this advice from National Audubon Society birding expert Stephen W. Kress

Site it right. from prevailing winds. Having a fresh water source is another plus.

Keep it clean. A little annual housekeeping makes a house inviting to newcomers. Come fall, when breeding season ends, open the box (most unscrew from the back, bottom, or top) and clean it out. Use a spatula to remove old nesting material, and wipe down the inside with a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. Thoroughly rinse the inside, then let it dry completely before closing the birdhouse. Condition the exterior only with a coat of linseed oil on bare wood or a fresh coat of water-based latex paint. Then keep an eye out for a new batch of residents in the spring.

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