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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

See the right birdhouse to build for each bird species at the Bird House Pages.

See which birds live near you and where they nest at the Bird Pages.

Print Birdhouse Plans with clear drawings and dimensions for each bird species.

 

Feeding birds will not attract birds to nest and raise a family in a bird house.

Nesting, egg laying birds need seclusion and are unlikely to nest in a bird house near throngs of birds flocking to bird feeders.

 

Nest boxes simulate tree cavities.

Some birds that nest in tree cavities will also nest inside wood nest boxes if they are the right size.

Some birds that nest on tree branches, cliffs, and rock ledges will also nest on wood platforms.

Birds like birdhouses to be in their favorite places.

 

Put the right nest boxes in the right place.

Keep nest boxes clean.

Protect birds from pests and predators.

 

Hinges are suggested for easy access. Other methods for attaching roofs are just as good. However, most nest boxes are mounted out of reach for most people.

Birdhouse mounting, monitoring and maintenance on ladders are awkward chores that require “three hands”. Convenience increases safety when working at heights.

 

You shouldn’t have to pay for any wood if you keep your eyes peeled. Watch for wood scrap piles at fence and home construction sites. These are good sources for the small sizes usually needed for bird houses.

 

Make pilot holes slightly larger in the primary work piece (first piece in which the screw is inserted) such that screws can be turned in easily without leaving room for movement.

Screws should be more snug in secondary work pieces so that screws can be tightened, but not so tight as to split the wood or to strip the hole and loosen the screw.

 

Use softwood. Cedar is beautiful, easy to work with, is often rough-cut, or simulated so for fencing, which is good for grip, and it endures. When fresh, it has a repellent effect on some insect pests. Pine is also a good, abundant softwood.

Hardwoods are difficult to work with, heavier and more suited to fine joinery used in furniture. It’s more work and not necessary.

 

Chickadees that Nest in Birdhouses

Six chickadee species nest in birdhouses. See their geographic ranges, habitats, nesting habits, how to build birdhouses and where to install them.

See species information for black-capped chickadees
Black-capped Chickadee
Hops about chattering and foraging with nuthatches and titmice in trees and underbrush. Builds nests of fine grass, feathers and hair usually in natural, abandoned, or self-excavated tree cavities and also birdhouses from very low up to 15 feet. Visit the black-capped chickadee birdhouse page and view or print birdhouse plans.
See species information for Carolina chickadees
Carolina Chickadee
Builds nests in tree cavities and also bird houses in forests, groves, farms and towns near ponds, marshes, and swamps. Frequents feeders for sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seed) and suet. Visit the Carolina chickadee nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
Read about mountain chickadees
Mountain Chickadee
Builds nests of grass, plant down, wool and hair in abandoned and natural cavities of trees and stumps from near the ground up to twenty feet and nests in bird houses. Install the Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach.
Select to read information for chestnut-backed chickadees.
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Year around residents in coniferous and mixed forests in western and coastal areas from California to Alaska. Build nests of fine grass, feathers, plant fiber, hair and fur in abandoned or natural tree cavities or ones they excavate themselves and in birdhouses. Visit the chestnut-backed chickadee nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
See species information for boreal chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
Lives in forests of Alaska and Canada. Forages for insects, seeds and fruit occasionally in flocks with Black-capped Chickadees. Mount the Boreal Chickadee Birdhouse low in remote areas, otherwise on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach.
Select to view the Siberian chickadee webpage.
Siberian Chickadee
Inhabits coniferous and mixed forests in Arctic areas of eastern Siberia, Scandinavia, Canada and Alaska. Builds nests of grass, plant down, wool and hair in abandoned and natural tree cavities, stumps and also birdhouses from near the ground up to twenty feet in forests near streams. Visit the Siberian chickadee nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
See this nest box page, instructions and building plans
Nest box for Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice & Downies
Make this nest box for white-breasted and red-breasted nuthatches, black-capped, Carolina, mountain and boreal chickadees, tufted and oak titmice, and downy woodpeckers. See the nest box nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
See the chickadee-nuthatch nest box page, instructions and building plans
Chickadee Nuthatch Nest Box
A similar nest box with a slightly smaller entrance hole for chestnut-backed & Siberian chickadees and brown-headed & pygmy nuthatches. See the Chickadee Nuthatch Nest Box with building, mounting and maintenance instructions and view or print nest box plans.
Visit the swinging birdhouse page for woodworking plans and instructions
Swinging Birdhouse

A swinging birdhouse loved by wrens, chickadees and even tree swallows. Suspend or mount on a tree, post or wall with a screw through a keyhole in the back panel. See the Swinging Birdhouse page and view or print birdhouse plans.

See the Side-Mounted Birdhouse for Chickadees, Wrens, Nuthatches and Titmice
Side-Mounted Nest Box
The volume and 1 3/8″ side entrance hole in this nest box accommodates Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens and Downy Woodpeckers, yet is normally too small for English Sparrows. Visit this nest box page and view or print nest box plans.

Chickadees that Nest in Birdhouses

Six chickadee species nest in birdhouses. See their geographic ranges, habitats, how to build birdhouses and where to install them.

See species information for black-capped chickadees
Black-capped Chickadee
Hops about chattering and foraging with nuthatches and titmice in trees and underbrush. Builds nests of fine grass, feathers and hair usually in natural, abandoned, or self-excavated tree cavities and also birdhouses from very low up to 15 feet. Visit the black-capped chickadee birdhouse page and view or print birdhouse plans.
 
See species information for Carolina chickadees
Carolina Chickadee
Builds nests in tree cavities and also bird houses in forests, groves, farms and towns near ponds, marshes, and swamps. Frequents feeders for sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seed) and suet. Visit the Carolina chickadee nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
Read about mountain chickadees
Mountain Chickadee
Builds nests of grass, plant down, wool and hair in abandoned and natural cavities of trees and stumps from near the ground up to twenty feet and nests in bird houses. Install the Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach.
Select to read information for chestnut-backed chickadees.
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Year around residents in coniferous and mixed forests in western and coastal areas from California to Alaska. Build nests of fine grass, feathers, plant fiber, hair and fur in abandoned or natural tree cavities or ones they excavate themselves and in birdhouses. Visit the chestnut-backed chickadee nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
See species information for boreal chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
Lives in forests of Alaska and Canada. Forages for insects, seeds and fruit occasionally in flocks with Black-capped Chickadees. Mount the Boreal Chickadee Birdhouse low in remote areas, otherwise on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach.
Select to view the Siberian chickadee webpage.
Siberian Chickadee
Inhabits coniferous and mixed forests in Arctic areas of eastern Siberia, Scandinavia, Canada and Alaska. Builds nests of grass, plant down, wool and hair in abandoned and natural tree cavities, stumps and also birdhouses from near the ground up to twenty feet in forests near streams. Visit the Siberian chickadee nest box page and view or print nest box plans.

Chickadee Birdhouses

See this nest box page, instructions and building plans
Nest box for Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice & Downies
Make this nest box for white-breasted and red-breasted nuthatches, black-capped, Carolina, mountain and boreal chickadees, tufted and oak titmice, and downy woodpeckers. See the nest box nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
See the chickadee-nuthatch nest box page, instructions and building plans
Chickadee Nuthatch Nest Box
A similar nest box with a slightly smaller entrance hole for chestnut-backed & Siberian chickadees and brown-headed & pygmy nuthatches. See the Chickadee Nuthatch Nest Box with building, mounting and maintenance instructions and view or print nest box plans.
Visit the swinging birdhouse page for woodworking plans and instructions
Swinging Birdhouse

A swinging birdhouse loved by wrens, chickadees and even tree swallows. Suspend or mount on a tree, post or wall with a screw through a keyhole in the back panel. See the Swinging Birdhouse page and view or print birdhouse plans.

See the Side-Mounted Birdhouse for Chickadees, Wrens, Nuthatches and Titmice
Side-Mounted Nest Box
The volume and 1 3/8″ side entrance hole in this nest box accommodates Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens and Downy Woodpeckers, yet is normally too small for English Sparrows. Visit this nest box page and view or print nest box plans.

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Print 4 different birdhouse plans for 6 chickadee species. See their geographic ranges, habitats, how to build bird houses and where to install them.

See species information for black-capped chickadees
Black-capped Chickadee
Hops about chattering and foraging with nuthatches and titmice in trees and underbrush. Builds nests of fine grass, feathers and hair usually in natural, abandoned, or self-excavated tree cavities and also birdhouses from very low up to 15 feet.
 
See species information for Carolina chickadees
Carolina Chickadee
Builds nests in tree cavities and also bird houses in forests, groves, farms and towns near ponds, marshes, and swamps. Frequents feeders for sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seed) and suet.
Read about mountain chickadees
Mountain Chickadee
Builds nests of grass, plant down, wool and hair in abandoned and natural cavities of trees and stumps from near the ground up to twenty feet and nests in bird houses. Install a birdhouse on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach.
Select to read information for chestnut-backed chickadees.
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Year around residents in coniferous and mixed forests in western and coastal areas from California to Alaska. Build nests of fine grass, feathers, plant fiber, hair and fur in abandoned or natural tree cavities or ones they excavate themselves and in birdhouses.
See species information for boreal chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
Lives in forests of Alaska and Canada. Forages for insects, seeds and fruit occasionally in flocks with Black-capped Chickadees. Mount a birdhouse for a boreal chickadee low in a remote area, otherwise on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach.
Select to view the Siberian chickadee webpage.
Siberian Chickadee
Inhabits coniferous and mixed forests in Arctic areas of eastern Siberia, Scandinavia, Canada and Alaska. Builds nests of grass, plant down, wool and hair in abandoned and natural tree cavities, stumps and also birdhouses from near the ground up to twenty feet in forests near streams.

Chickadee Birdhouses

See this nest box page, instructions and building plans
Nest box for Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice & Downies
Make this nest box for white-breasted and red-breasted nuthatches, black-capped, Carolina, mountain and boreal chickadees, tufted and oak titmice, and downy woodpeckers.
See the chickadee-nuthatch nest box page, instructions and building plans
Chickadee Nuthatch Nest Box
A similar nest box with a slightly smaller entrance hole for chestnut-backed & Siberian chickadees and brown-headed & pygmy nuthatches.
Visit the swinging birdhouse page for woodworking plans and instructions
Swinging Birdhouse
A swinging birdhouse loved by wrens, chickadees and even tree swallows. Suspend or mount on a tree, post or wall with a screw through a keyhole in the back panel.
See the Side-Mounted Birdhouse for Chickadees, Wrens, Nuthatches and Titmice
Side-Mounted Nest Box
The volume and 1 3/8″ side entrance hole in this nest box accommodates Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens and Downy Woodpeckers, yet is normally too small for English Sparrows.

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