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Birdhouse Index

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Birdhouse Index

70birds

Birdhouse Index

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Western & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse

Build the western and mountain bluebird nest box with red cedar, pine, or almost any soft wood. Use wood rough-cut on both sides so that birds can grip both interior and exterior surfaces.

Make a 5″ by 5″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 12″ floor to ceiling height (inside front). Drill a 1 9/16″ diameter entrance hole located 10″ above the floor (to top of hole). Cut or drill ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Attach a hinged roof for easy access to monitor and clean. Use shutter hooks to secure roof in closed position. Or make a fixed roof and side opening doors. Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces. Drill regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. 

Cedar birdhouse for western & mountain bluebirds.
Select to view or print the western & mountain bluebird nest box plans

This reduces a tendency for wood to split. It also 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.

Birdhouse plans and dimensions for western and mountain bluebirds.

Mount bluebird houses 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. Make a “bluebird trail” of several houses about 100 yards apart; further in wide open expanses and closer in clearings of wooded areas.

In areas where the mountain bluebird range overlaps that of the eastern bluebird, use this nest box which will accommodate all three bluebirds. See mountain bluebirds and western bluebirds species pages for more habitat and mounting instructions.

Monitor the boxes for unwanted squatters. Deter predators with steel posts or sheet metal wrapped around wood posts. Avoid shade, but also avoid prolonged direct sunlight through the entrance if possible.

Tree swallow nest boxes placed between bluebird nest boxes invite good neighbors that will help defend against 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.

Birds that Nest in this Birdhouse

Visit the western bluebird species page.
Visit the mountain bluebird species page.

Chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, wrens, tree and violet green swallows (and sparrows!) may also use this nest box.

Western & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse

Build the western and mountain bluebird nest box with red cedar, pine, or almost any soft wood. Use wood rough-cut on both sides so that birds can grip both interior and exterior surfaces.

Make a 5″ by 5″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 12″ floor to ceiling height (inside front). Drill a 1 9/16″ diameter entrance hole located 10″ above the floor (to top of hole). Cut or drill ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Attach a hinged roof for easy access to monitor and clean. Use shutter hooks to secure roof in closed position. Or make a fixed roof and side opening doors. Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces. Drill regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split. It also makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Cedar Nest Box for Bluebirds.
Birdhouse dimensions for western & mountain bluebirds.

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.

Select to view or print birdhouse plans and dimensions for western and mountain bluebirds.

Mount bluebird houses 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. Make a “bluebird trail” of several houses about 100 yards apart; further in wide open expanses and closer in clearings of wooded areas.

In areas where the mountain bluebird range overlaps that of the eastern bluebird, use this nest box which will accommodate all three bluebirds. See mountain bluebirds and western bluebirds species pages for more habitat and mounting instructions.

Monitor the boxes for unwanted squatters. Deter predators with steel posts or sheet metal wrapped around wood posts. Avoid shade, but also avoid prolonged direct sunlight through the entrance if possible.

Tree swallow nest boxes placed between bluebird nest boxes invite good neighbors that will help defend against 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.

Chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, wrens, tree and violet green swallows (and sparrows!) may also use this nest box.

Western & Mountain Bluebird Birdhouse

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Cedar birdhouse for mountain & western bluebirds.

Build the western and mountain bluebird nest box with red cedar, pine, or almost any soft wood.

Use wood rough-cut on both sides so that birds can grip both interior and exterior surfaces.

Make a 5″ by 5″ floor (inside dimensions) and a 12″ floor to ceiling height (inside front).

Select to view or print the western & mountain bluebird nest box plans

Drill a 1 9/16″ diameter entrance hole located 10″ above the floor (to top of hole).

Cut or drill ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Attach a hinged roof for easy access to monitor and clean. Use shutter hooks to secure roof in closed position.

Or make a fixed roof and side opening doors. Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces. Drill regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split. It also 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.

Select to view/print western & mountain bluebird birdhouse plans

Mount bluebird houses 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. Make a “bluebird trail” of several houses about 100 yards apart; further in wide open expanses and closer in clearings of wooded areas.​

In areas where the mountain bluebird range overlaps that of the eastern bluebird, use this nest box which will accommodate all three bluebirds. See mountain bluebirds and western bluebirds species pages for more habitat and mounting instructions.

Monitor the boxes for unwanted squatters. Deter predators with steel posts or sheet metal wrapped around wood posts. Avoid shade, but also avoid prolonged direct sunlight through the entrance if possible.

Tree swallow nest boxes placed between bluebird nest boxes invite good neighbors that will help defend against 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.

Chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, wrens, tree and violet green swallows (and sparrows!) may also use this nest box.

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