How far apart are bluebird houses supposed to be?

How far apart are bluebird houses supposed to be?

When paired, boxes should be mounted 5 to 15 feet apart. This provides nesting sites for both species and helps to prevent competition between them. Different species of native birds usually do not mind nesting close to each other.

What is the best placement for a bluebird house?

Place nest boxes in the sunniest, most open area possible, away from your house or deep shade. Bluebirds prefer large expanses of short grass with a clear flight path, ideally facing a field. Try not to place the house too close to feeders. Make sure it is mounted 5 to 10 feet off the ground.

What color should a bluebird house be?

Bluebirds prefer earthy tones, such as the colors of grass and dirt. For this reason, shades of brown and green are good choices. Bright colors attract other birds and predators, which is detrimental to bluebirds.

What size hole should a bluebird house have?

1 1/2″
Cut the front of the box, 5″ wide and 10 3/4″ long, with an entrance hole (a 1 1/2″ hole for eastern bluebirds or western bluebirds, and 1 9/16″ hole where ranges for the two overlap with mountain bluebirds) whose center is 2″ from the top and 2 1/2″ from each side.

What kind of wood should I use for a bluebird house?

You can use any type of wood, but it should be 3/4-inch thick and unpainted/unfinished. White pine is a good choice because it is easy to obtain. Do not use particleboard or plywood. Cut the top piece of the nest box, 11 1/4″ x 11″.

What are the dimensions for a bluebird house?

Entrance height: 6 inches to 10 inches above the house floor. Interior floor space: 5 inches by 5 inches to accommodate broods of five to eight chicks. Total height: 8 inches to 12 inches with the back slightly higher to shed water.

What happens if bluebird houses are too close together?

Nesting birds are often very territorial. As such, when one pair spots another pair of the same species trying to nest too close to their nesting site, conflicts emerge.

How high off the ground should a bluebird house be?

Height: Bluebirds nest within a wide range of heights, from two to 50 feet. Mounting at eye level provides easy checking; however, if cats or other predators are problems, hang nest boxes at least six to eight feet from the ground.

Is it OK to stain a bluebird house?

Painting or staining is not necessary, but doing so will also weatherproof the birdhouse and help it to last for more than one season. You can try a water-based stain that is appropriate for the type of wood from which the dwelling is made.

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