do birds like cedar birdhouses

I was looking at your nest box cams and noticed that your shop carries cedarwood nest boxes.

Not sure if these are somehow treated to prevent off-gassing, but cedar wood is particularly poisonous to birds, especially when the wood has been cut.

I apologize if this is a null point and a response that you get often. On a forum recently we had a person who saw cedarwood nest boxes and decided to make some himself, causing the poisoning and near death of one of his parrots from the finished box being in his bird room.

Assuming these boxes are treated and fine, perhaps a note with them to prevent such things from happening and from diligent customers like myself writing in. I hope the fact that we’re most likely going to purchase a nest cam from your shop in the not-too-distant future will make up for my need to write in.

No reputable birdhouse manufacturer ever uses treated wood, and all of the wood used is always kiln dried, so I don’t see how there could be any volatile gases left over to “off gas”.

I’m wondering if the person used aromatic cedar — the kind used for cedar chests — that might, I suppose,give off enough fumes to be harmful to susceptible birds. No one I Know uses this kind of cedar because of the expense.

There are dozens of species of cedar and the species our houses are made of (northern red cedar) is sold to birding organizations such as Audubon, Cornell, and the North American Bluebird Society, and birding stores such as Wildbirds Unlimited and Wildbird Centers all of whom have very stringent guidelines about the types of woods that can be used in birdhouses.

Using a birdhouse with a predator guard that widens the entrance hole is another option to think about. Predators find it more difficult to enter the house as a result.

My First house kits, which come in bluebird and wren styles and are easy to assemble into fully functional houses, are a great option if you’re looking for a simple DIY birdhouse kit that has all the same safety and convenience features as a traditional birdhouse. Construct it yourself or assist your child in assembling it, then decorate them together. While making enduring memories in the yard, you can assist in teaching your child the advantages of protecting and preserving wildlife!

Sun-facing birdhouses can get very hot, especially during periods of high heat. Over 107 °F internal temperatures may be detrimental to the eggs. It’s crucial that your birdhouse has enough ventilation to allow for airflow and keep the interior cool.

Avoid ceramic birdhouses as they are heavy, brittle, prone to breaking, and won’t shield the young in the event of a house collapse.

Wood is the best material for birdhouses because of its porous structure and good insulation qualities. The best wood for birdhouses is cedar because it is naturally weather-resistant, durable, and resistant to rot and insects.

I saw that you sell cedarwood nest boxes in your shop while I was viewing your nest box cameras.

If aromatic cedar, the kind used for cedar chests, was used, I wonder if that would release enough fumes to be dangerous for vulnerable birds. Because of the cost, no one I know uses this kind of cedar.

If this is a pointless response that you receive frequently, I apologize. Recently, someone posted on one of our forums about how they saw cedarwood nest boxes and decided to make some for themselves. Because the finished box was kept in his bird room, one of his parrots became poisoned and almost died.

There are many different kinds of cedar, and the kind of cedar used to make our houses—northern red cedar—is sold to birding shops like Wildbirds Unlimited and Wildbird Centers, as well as to birding organizations like Audubon, Cornell, and the North American Bluebird Society. These organizations have very strict rules about what kinds of woods can be used to make birdhouses.

I’m not sure if these are treated in any way to stop off-gassing, but cedar wood is especially toxic to birds, especially after it has been chopped.

FAQ

Is cedar good for bird houses?

Spotlight: Best Wood for Bird Nesting Boxes Cedar is an excellent choice. It’s naturally rot-resistant and doesn’t require chemical treatments that could potentially harm your avian pals.

What is the best material for a bird house?

Wood is the best material for birdhouses. Other materials (like metal or plastic) may not insulate the nest enough, so eggs or young could become chilled in cold weather or overheated in warm, sunny weather. Use rough-cut wood slabs, tree sections, or 3/4-inch plywood.

Do birds not like cedar?

Cedar bedding and cedar oil are known to irritate birds’ delicate respiratory systems, and at high doses, can actually kill them. Birds are especially vulnerable to strong scents—like those found in essential oils, candles, and manufactured fragrances.

Should you seal a cedar birdhouse?

I purposely did not seal the insides of the nesting boxes, as birds prefer raw, natural wood near their chicks. But protecting the outside with either Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane or Minwax® Helmsman® Teak Oil will ensure that any birdhouse will be around for a long time.