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Birdhouse Index

70birds

Birdhouse Index

70birds

Birdhouse Index

3/4″ wood stock is the most common. 5/8″ stock where called for can be supplied with fencing material from most lumberyards. 5/8″ stock is used on the smaller nest boxes because 3/4″ stock is too thick and makes them look odd.

 

Clean and disinfect nest boxes with a 5% bleach and 95% water mix after the brooding season to prevent spread of disease and parasites. Use rubber gloves, eye protection, spray bottles, and sponges to completely saturate nest box interiors.

 

For increased ventilation in warmer climates, floor and side panel corner gaps can be larger than plans specify.

Some woodworkers may prefer to drill strategically located holes for ventilation and leave floor panels whole.

 

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.

 

Bluebird Bird Houses

Three bird houses for Eastern, Western and Mountain Bluebirds.
Three bird houses for Tree Swallows and Violet-green Swallows.

Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse
Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse
The eastern bluebird nest box has a 4″ by 4″ floor, a 9″ floor to ceiling height, and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor (to top of hole).
 
Western and Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse Birdhouse
Western and Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse
This nest box for both western and mountain bluebirds has a 5″ by 5″ floor, a 12″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 9/16″ diameter entrance hole located 10″ above the floor.
Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse
Eastern Bluebirds & Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
This yellow-bellied sapsucker house is also suitable for eastern bluebirds. See each bird species page for areas where their ranges overlap. For eastern bluebirds mount this house 3′ to 6′ high in partial sun and shade on posts in woodland clearings, grove and shelter belt edges bordering fields, among scattered trees, or pasture fence lines.
Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse
Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse
Bluebirders often place tree swallow birdhouses within groups of bluebird houses because they protect their territory from sparrows, grackles and other intruders, yet are good neighbors to bluebirds. The tree and violet green swallow birdhouse has a 5″ by 5″ floor, an 8″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor.
Visit the swinging birdhouse page for woodworking plans and instructions
Swinging Birdhouse for Tree Swallows

USFWS recommends 1 1/2″ entrance holes for tree swallows. Yet a pair of tree swallows were observed nesting in this swinging birdhouse with a 1 3/8″ entrance hole made for wrens and chickadees. So it is included here as well as the side mounted house. You could adapt this birdhouse with a 1 1/2″ entrance hole.

 
See the Side-Mounted Birdhouse for Chickadees, Wrens, Nuthatches and Titmice
Side-Mounted Nest Box
You could also adapt this birdhouse with a 1 1/2″ entrance hole for swallows. The volume and 1 3/8″ side entrance hole in this nest box normally accommodates Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens and Downy Woodpeckers.  Visit this nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
 

Bluebird Bird Houses

Three bird houses for Eastern, Western and Mountain Bluebirds.
Three bird houses for Tree Swallows and Violet-green Swallows.

Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse
Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse
The eastern bluebird nest box has a 4″ by 4″ floor, a 9″ floor to ceiling height, and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor (to top of hole).
 
Western and Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse Birdhouse
Western and Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse
This nest box for both western and mountain bluebirds has a 5″ by 5″ floor, a 12″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 9/16″ diameter entrance hole located 10″ above the floor.
Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse
Eastern Bluebirds & Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
This yellow-bellied sapsucker house is also suitable for eastern bluebirds. See each bird species page for areas where their ranges overlap. For eastern bluebirds mount this house 3′ to 6′ high in partial sun and shade on posts in woodland clearings, grove and shelter belt edges bordering fields, among scattered trees, or pasture fence lines.
Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse
Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse
Bluebirders often place tree swallow birdhouses within groups of bluebird houses because they protect their territory from sparrows, grackles and other intruders, yet are good neighbors to bluebirds. The tree and violet green swallow birdhouse has a 5″ by 5″ floor, an 8″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor.
Visit the swinging birdhouse page for woodworking plans and instructions
Swinging Birdhouse for Tree Swallows

USFWS recommends 1 1/2″ entrance holes for tree swallows. Yet a pair of tree swallows were observed nesting in this swinging birdhouse with a 1 3/8″ entrance hole made for wrens and chickadees. So it is included here as well as the side mounted house. You could adapt this birdhouse with a 1 1/2″ entrance hole.

 
See the Side-Mounted Birdhouse for Chickadees, Wrens, Nuthatches and Titmice
Side-Mounted Nest Box
You could also adapt this birdhouse with a 1 1/2″ entrance hole for swallows. The volume and 1 3/8″ side entrance hole in this nest box normally accommodates Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens and Downy Woodpeckers. Visit this nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
 

Bluebird Bird Houses

Bird Houses for Eastern, Western & Mountain Bluebirds & Tree & Violet-green Swallows

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Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse
Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse
The eastern bluebird nest box has a 4″ by 4″ floor, a 9″ floor to ceiling height, and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor (to top of hole).
Western and Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse Birdhouse
Western and Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse
This nest box for both western and mountain bluebirds has a 5″ by 5″ floor, a 12″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 9/16″ diameter entrance hole located 10″ above the floor.
Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse
This yellow-bellied sapsucker house is also suitable for eastern bluebirds. See each bird species page for areas where their ranges overlap. For eastern bluebirds mount this house 3′ to 6′ high in partial sun and shade on posts in woodland clearings, grove and shelter belt edges bordering fields, among scattered trees, or pasture fence lines.
Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse
Tree & Violet Green Swallow Birdhouse
Bluebirders often place tree swallow birdhouses within groups of bluebird houses because they protect their territory from sparrows, grackles and other intruders, yet are good neighbors to bluebirds. The tree and violet green swallow birdhouse has a 5″ by 5″ floor, an 8″ floor to ceiling height and a 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor.
Swinging Birdhouse for Tree Swallows
Swinging Birdhouse for Tree Swallows
USFWS recommends 1 1/2″ entrance holes for tree swallows. Yet a pair of tree swallows were observed nesting in this swinging birdhouse with a 1 3/8″ entrance hole made for wrens and chickadees. So it is included here as well as the side mounted house. You could adapt this birdhouse with a 1 1/2″ entrance hole.
 
Side-Mounted Birdhouse
Side-Mounted Nest Box
You could also adapt this birdhouse with a 1 1/2″ entrance hole for swallows. The volume and 1 3/8″ side entrance hole in this nest box normally accommodates Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, Wrens and Downy Woodpeckers. Visit this nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
 

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