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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Tree & Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse

This tree and violet-green swallow birdhouse is constructed with cedar, pine, or almost any soft wood. Use wood rough-cut on both sides so that birds can grip both interior and exterior surfaces.

It has a 5″ by 5″ floor (inside dimensions) and 8″ floor to ceiling height (inside front). A 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole is located 6″ above the floor (to top of hole). There are ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

A hinged roof provides easy access for monitoring and cleaning. Shutter hooks secure roof in closed position. Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

Countersunk pilot holes should be drilled in primary and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split and makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Tree and violet-green swallow birdhouse.
Species birdhouse dimensions for swallows.

The back wall panel extends beyond both top and bottom to provide for mounting holes (usually to a tree or post) and a third mounting hole can be drilled inside the box just under the roof. Stagger these holes so that all are not in line along a single wood grain which can weaken and cause wood to split.

View or print tree and violet-green birdhouse plans.

Hang from a tree branch or under an eave or mount on a tree, post or wall between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Mount near bluebird houses on posts in woodland clearings, grove and shelter belt edges bordering fields, among scattered trees, or pasture fence lines.

​Place tree swallow nest boxes between bluebird nest boxes in “bluebird trails”, which consist of series of bluebird boxes about 100 yards apart (further in wide open expanses and closer in clearings of wooded areas).

Tree swallows make good neighbors that will help defend bluebirds from sparrows, but these bird houses also invite sparrows, so monitor the swallow houses as well as the bluebird houses.

Remove and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is past. Store clean and dry. See Tree Swallow and Violet-green Swallow species pages for habits and ranges.

Sparrows, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and wrens may also use this box.

Birds that Nest in this Birdhouse

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Tree & Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse

This tree and violet-green swallow birdhouse is constructed with cedar, pine, or almost any soft wood. Use wood rough-cut on both sides so that birds can grip both interior and exterior surfaces.

It has a 5″ by 5″ floor (inside dimensions) and 8″ floor to ceiling height (inside front). A 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole is located 6″ above the floor (to top of hole). There are ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

A hinged roof provides easy access for monitoring and cleaning. Shutter hooks secure roof in closed position. Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

Countersunk pilot holes should be drilled in primary and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split and makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Extend the back wall panel beyond both top and bottom. Drill pilot holes in these long panels for mounting. Drill an extra mounting hole inside the box just under the roof. Stagger these holes so that all are not in line along a single wood grain. Holes in line with grain can weaken and cause wood to split.

View and print birdhouse plans

Hang from a tree branch or under an eave or mount on a tree, post or wall between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Mount near bluebird houses on posts in woodland clearings, grove and shelter belt edges bordering fields, among scattered trees, or pasture fence lines.

​Place tree swallow nest boxes between bluebird nest boxes in “bluebird trails”, which consist of series of bluebird boxes about 100 yards apart (further in wide open expanses and closer in clearings of wooded areas).

Tree swallows make good neighbors that will help defend bluebirds from sparrows, but these bird houses also invite sparrows, so monitor the swallow houses as well as the bluebird houses.

Remove and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is past. Store clean and dry. See Tree Swallow and Violet-green Swallow species pages for habits and ranges.

Birds that Nest in this Birdhouse

Visit the Tree Swallow Species Page
Visit the Violet-green Swallow Species Page

Sparrows, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and wrens may also use this box.

Tree & Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse

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This tree and violet-green swallow birdhouse is constructed with cedar, pine, or almost any soft wood. Use wood rough-cut on both sides so that birds can grip both interior and exterior surfaces.

It has a 5″ by 5″ floor (inside dimensions) and 8″ floor to ceiling height (inside front). A 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole is located 6″ above the floor (to top of hole). There are ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

A hinged roof provides easy access for monitoring and cleaning. Shutter hooks secure roof in closed position. Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

Countersunk pilot holes should be drilled in primary and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split and makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

The back wall panel extends beyond both top and bottom to provide for mounting holes (usually to a tree or post) and a third mounting hole can be drilled inside the box just under the roof.

Stagger these holes so that all are not in line along a single wood grain which can weaken and cause wood to split.

View and print birdhouse plans

Hang from a tree branch or under an eave or mount on a tree, post or wall between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Mount near bluebird houses on posts in woodland clearings, grove and shelter belt edges bordering fields, among scattered trees, or pasture fence lines.

​Place tree swallow nest boxes between bluebird nest boxes in “bluebird trails”, which consist of series of bluebird boxes about 100 yards apart (further in wide open expanses and closer in clearings of wooded areas).

Tree swallows make good neighbors that will help defend bluebirds from sparrows, but these bird houses also invite sparrows, so monitor the swallow houses as well as the bluebird houses.

Remove and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is past. Store clean and dry. See Tree Swallow and Violet-green Swallow species pages for habits and ranges.

Birds that Nest in this Birdhouse

Visit the Tree Swallow Species Page
Visit the Violet-green Swallow Species Page

Sparrows, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and wrens may also use this box.

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