Swinging Wren-Chickadee Birdhouse

Chickadees, wrens and tree swallows like swinging birdhouses. The swinging wren chickadee house has two brass screw eyes in the roof peak for suspending from a tree limb or post with wire, chain or rope.

Another version has a keyhole in the back panel for mounting on a tree, post or wall with a screw fit through a keyhole in the rear panel and the roof is cut flush with the back panel. Or a screwdriver can be inserted through the entrance hole to fasten a screw through a regular hole drilled through the back panel.

Both versions have one hinged roof panel, which is secured in closed position with a shutter hook.

Ventilation holes are drilled in the floor and a perch is inserted in the front panel under the entrance opening.

Photo of a wren house with door positions, one open and one closed.
A wren house for mounting on the wall with hinged door and shutter hook.

Assemble work pieces with threaded screws. Suspend the swinging birdhouse with eye hooks inserted into the fixed roof half. Attach roof halves together with hinges.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware.

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

Corrosion resistant hinges, screw eyes, shutter hooks and screws.

Pilot holes in primary work pieces (first piece in which screws are inserted) can have slightly larger diameters than pilot holes in secondary work pieces.

This allows for easier screw-insertion into primary work pieces and alignment with secondary work pieces where screw threads must fasten more snugly.

Mount on or suspend from a tree, post, fence or wall between four and twelve feet high with partial sun and shade. See each particular bird species page for specific habitat and mounting instructions.

Remove the nest in late summer or fall after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Wren – Chickadee Birdhouse Plans

Select to view or print swinging wren-chickadee house plans.

Assembly

Safety First!

Assemble woodworking projects in a safe area.

Wear eye protection. Eye injuries are the most common serious injury.

Keep hardware and tools away from children and infants; store away when not in use.

Assembly diagrams and instructions.

1. Attach back and front to floor with screws using phillips screw driver.

2. Attach right and left sides to front and back.

Assembly 2

3. Attach stationary roof panel so that hinge pilot holes are at the peak.

4. Attach hinges to roof panel with small screws and small phillips screw driver.

5. Attach hook to roof panel with round head screw using slotted screw driver

6. Turn screw eye into side panel

7. Attach hinged roof panel to stationary roof panel using small screws and small phillips screw driver.

Assembly 3

8. Snug fit perch into front panel. Glue if necessary.

9. Turn large screw eyes into pilot holes in stationary roof peak of hanging version.

10. Suspend hanging version with 4 – 6 inches of wire, rope, or small chain from a tree limb or eave.

11. Wall mounted model: Turn large screw into wall, fence, or tree. Leave 7/8″ between wall and screw head. Fit key hole slot over screw in wall.

11b. Or insert a screwdriver through the entrance hole to fasten a screw through a regular hole drilled through the back panel.

Birds That May Nest In This Birdhouse

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The classic swinging wren chickadee house can also be fixed in place.  Chickadees,  wrens and tree swallows like swinging birdhouses. The swinging version model has two brass screw eyes in the roof peak for suspending from a tree limb or post with wire, chain or rope.

Another version has a keyhole in the back panel for mounting on a tree, post or wall. A screw can fit through a keyhole in the rear panel and the roof is cut flush with the back panel. Or a screwdriver can be inserted through the entrance hole to fasten a screw through a regular hole drilled through the back panel.

Both versions have one hinged roof panel, which is secured in closed position with a shutter hook. Ventilation holes are drilled in the floor and a perch is inserted in the front panel under the entrance opening.

Photo of a wren house with door positions, one open and one closed.
The non-swinging, wall-mounted version has a key hole in the rear.

Assemble work pieces with threaded screws. Suspend the swinging birdhouse with eye hooks inserted into the fixed roof half. Attach roof halves together with hinges. 

Always use corrosion resistant hardware.

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

Corrosion resistant hinges, screw eyes, shutter hooks and screws.

Pilot holes in primary work pieces can be slightly larger diameter than pilot holes in secondary work pieces.

This allows for easier screw-insertion into primary work pieces and alignment with secondary work pieces where screw threads must fasten more snugly.

Mount on or suspend from a tree, post, fence or wall between four and twelve feet high with partial sun and shade. See each particular bird species page for specific habitat and mounting instructions. Remove the nest in late summer or fall after the brood rearing seasons are over.

More bird species than are listed may nest in this birdhouse based on the box volume, hole diameter and observations.

Wren – Chickadee Birdhouse Plans

Select to view or print swinging wren chickadee house plans.

Assembly

Safety First!

Assemble woodworking projects in a safe area.

Wear eye protection. Eye injuries are the most common serious injury.

Keep hardware and tools away from children and infants; store away when not in use.

Assembly diagrams and instructions.

1. Attach back and front to floor with screws using phillips screw driver.

2. Attach right and left sides to front and back.

Assembly 2

3. Attach stationary roof panel so that hinge pilot holes are at the peak.

4. Attach hinges to roof panel with small screws and small phillips screw driver.

5. Attach hook to roof panel with round head screw using slotted screw driver

6. Turn screw eye into side panel

7. Attach hinged roof panel to stationary roof panel using small screws and small phillips screw driver.

Installation instructions.

8. Snug fit perch into front panel. Glue if necessary.

9. Turn large screw eyes into pilot holes in stationary roof peak of hanging version.

10. Suspend hanging version with 4 – 6 inches of wire, rope, or small chain from a tree limb or eave.

11. Wall mounted model: Turn large screw into wall, fence, or tree. Leave 7/8″ between wall and screw head. Fit key hole slot over screw in wall.

11b. Or insert a screwdriver through the entrance hole to fasten a screw through a regular hole drilled through the back panel.

Birds That May Nest In This Birdhouse

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Photo of a swinging wren-chickadee house with door positions, one open and one closed.

The classic swinging wren chickadee house can also be fixed in place. Chickadees, wrens and tree swallows like swinging birdhouses.

The swinging version model has two brass screw eyes in the roof peak for suspending from a tree limb or post with wire, chain or rope.

The non-swinging, wall-mounted wren-chickadee birdhouse version has a key hole in the rear.

Another version has a keyhole in the back panel for mounting on a tree, post or wall.

A screw can fit through the keyhole in the rear panel and the roof is cut flush with the back panel.

Or a screwdriver can be inserted through the entrance hole to fasten a screw through a regular hole drilled through the back panel.

Both versions have one hinged roof panel, which is secured in closed position with a shutter hook. Ventilation holes are drilled in the floor and a perch is inserted in the front panel under the entrance opening.

Assemble work pieces with threaded screws. Suspend the swinging birdhouse with eye hooks inserted into the fixed roof half. Attach roof halves together with hinges.

Corrosion resistant hinges, screw eyes, shutter hooks and screws.

Always use corrosion resistant hardware.

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

Pilot holes in primary work pieces can be slightly larger diameter than pilot holes in secondary work pieces.

This allows for easier screw-insertion into primary work pieces and alignment with secondary work pieces where screw threads must fasten more snugly.

Mount on or suspend from a tree, post, fence or wall between four and twelve feet high with partial sun and shade. See each particular bird species page for specific habitat and mounting instructions. Remove the nest in late summer or fall after the brood rearing seasons are over.

More bird species than are listed may nest in this birdhouse based on the box volume, hole diameter and observations.

Swinging Birdhouse Plans

Select to view or print swinging wren chickadee house plans.

Assembly

Safety First!

Assemble woodworking projects in a safe area.

Wear eye protection. Eye injuries are the most common serious injury.

Keep hardware and tools away from children and infants; store away when not in use.

Assembly diagrams and instructions.

1. Attach back and front to floor with screws using phillips screw driver.

2. Attach right and left sides to front and back.

Assembly 2

3. Attach stationary roof panel so that hinge pilot holes are at the peak.

4. Attach hinges to roof panel with small screws and small phillips screw driver.

5. Attach hook to roof panel with round head screw using slotted screw driver

6. Turn screw eye into side panel

7. Attach hinged roof panel to stationary roof panel using small screws and small phillips screw driver.

Installation instructions.

8. Snug fit perch into front panel. Glue if necessary.

9. Turn large screw eyes into pilot holes in stationary roof peak of hanging version.

10. Suspend hanging version with 4 – 6 inches of wire, rope, or small chain from a tree limb or eave.

11. Wall mounted model: Turn large screw into wall, fence, or tree. Leave 7/8″ between wall and screw head. Fit key hole slot over screw in wall.

11b. Or insert a screwdriver through the entrance hole to fasten a screw through a regular hole drilled through the back panel.

Birds That May Nest In This Birdhouse

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