A birdhouse would make a perfect addition to any garden. Not only does it help accentuate the entire atmosphere of your outdoor space, it also gives our friendly neighborhood birds a nice place to take a load off. However, most people fail to realize that there is actually a significant amount of planning that goes into making these things.
This article seeks to make the process simpler and easier for our readers. It briefly highlights some of the major things that every homeowner needs to take into consideration when making a birdhouse for your garden.
Specific Bird Type
Contrary to popular belief, not all birdhouses are built the same. The dimensions of the structure itself would vary depending on the specific species of birds(1) you want it to cater to. You will want to build a birdhouse that is accessible to the bird while also small enough so that no predators are able to get in. Needless to say, you will need to do some basic research on the most common birds found in your region.
We cannot overstate the importance of the right size and the correct hole dimensions for your birdhouse. Remember, the birdhouse’s interior must be spacious enough so that it can easily accommodate an incubating bird as well as their brood of younglings.
Without a doubt, wood is probably the best material to use for your birdhouse. This is because other materials such as metal or plastic may not be able to provide the level of insulation needed to ensure the survival of the eggs or chicks living in the house. After all, the entire point of the birdhouse is to keep the birds safe from the elements, it just happens that wood is the best choice for that task.
However, it is worth noting that you should never use creosote-treated wood as it could prove fatal to the eggs and the chicks. Instead, we recommend that you give tree sections, 3/4-inch plywood or rough-cut wood slabs a try.
You will also need to have a plan with regards to the structure of the birdhouse you are building. For instance, you will need to figure out a way how to effectively keep that box warm and dry. For that purpose, we suggest that you place the birdhouse roof at a slight angle. You will also need to ensure that it extends over the front and the sides of the main house so that it is protected from snow and dripping water.
It would also be a smart idea to put in a drainage system in the birdhouse itself. To do that, you will need to drill in four, 1/4-inch holes on the floor. This will help the water drain away quickly in the off-chance that any of it is able to seep in.
In addition to this, you should also remember to put in some form of ventilation for the birdhouse. This can be done by drilling a couple of 1/8 to 1/4-inch diameter holes on each side, right below the roof, in order to ensure better air circulation.
These are just some of the ideas you will need to take into consideration as you draw up birdhouse plans for your garden.
Article reference: (1)https://www.thespruce.com/five-most-popular-bird-species-390546