how to build blue bird house

Warren H. Lauder, who spent 38 years analyzing bluebird boxes, created the design for this bluebird box.

Materials 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.

One 32-inch piece of 1×6-inch wood, trimmed to 5 inches (for the front and back) Carpenter’s glue

Instructions for assembling the box Cut the top piece of the nest box, 11 1/4″ x 11″.

Cut the two side pieces. They should be 6 1/2″ across; the rear edge should be 12 1/4″ top to bottom, and the front edge, 10 3/4″. Drill 5/8″ vent holes 1″ down from the top and 2″ in from each side. Toward the top of the front edge, and 3/8″ in, drill a 1/8″ hole for a nail or a screw.

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. Using the chisel, cut deep crisscross scratches on the inside of the front panel. These will allow young birds to climb to the entrance hole and emerge.

Cut the bottom, 5″ square, with a 3/8″ vent hole at its center. Cut each corner at a 45 degree angle, 3/4″ in (to form an octagon).

Glue and nail the side pieces to the back. The sides should be nailed flush, and the top of each side should align with the top of the back. The roofline should slope toward the front of the birdhouse.

Glue and nail on the bottom of the birdhouse, recessing it 1/2″ from the bottom of the side pieces.

Attach the front of the birdhouse with two nails, through the 1/8″ holes drilled earlier, near the top of the side pieces. (This will allow the front to swing open for cleaning.) Put the brass screw into the bottom to secure the front. Leave a gap of 1/2″ at the top of the front for ventilation.

Glue and nail the roof on, leaving a 2 3/8″ overhang to the sides and a 3 3/4″ overhang on the front. Seal the crack at the top rear of the birdhouse with caulking compound to keep the rain out.

Cover the roof with the asphalt shingle, using 3/4″ roofing nails; the shingle should extend 1/4 ” over each side.

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Range: Southwestern Canada, Mexico, and numerous western U.S. states are home to Western Bluebirds. S. states. They are medium- to short-distance migrants who start nesting in early April and spend the winter in the southern portion of their range.

5. Fastened into the front section from the bottom on both sides, pivot screws make it simple to open for inspection and maintenance.

Bluebirds have to contend with competing native and introduced species that also wish to make these nest boxes their home, even with nest boxes installed. It’s important to know where to put bluebird nest boxes and where not to put them. For example, chickadees and titmice prefer nest boxes in woodlands and forests, or next to or beneath mature trees. Bluebirds, on the other hand, prefer open nest boxes; even a tiny yard with gaps will work for a bluebird. Above all, bluebirds must reside close to an abundant source of insect food.

1. The mounting block, as well as the holes for the Xbox’s ventilation and entrance, were cut with hole saws. For the drip kerfs on the underside of the roof and the ladder kerfs on the inside of the front, a table saw with its blade lowered was utilized.

Field Marks: The back of breeding males is turquoise-blue, the breast is a paler blue color, and the belly and undertail coverts are white. Juveniles and females have a buffy chest, pale blue wings, and a tail. They are gray above. The adults’ wings are comparatively longer than those of other bluebird species, and they have a slightly larger head than other bluebird species.

Carpenter’s glue one 32-inch-long piece of 1×6-inch wood that has been trimmed to 5 inches on the front and back

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Materials: You can use any kind of wood as long as it is 3/4 inch thick and unfinished or painted. White pine is a good option because it’s readily available. Do not use particleboard or plywood.

Using 3/4-inch roofing nails, cover the roof with asphalt shingles, allowing the shingles to protrude 1/4-inch over each side.

Attach the birdhouse’s bottom with glue and nails, setting it back 1/2″ from the bottom of the side pieces.

FAQ

How do you build a birdhouse for a bluebird?

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 size hole should be in a bluebird house?

Entrance holes to bluebird nesting boxes measure 1½ inches in diameter because this size prevents European starlings from entering. Starlings compete with bluebirds for scarce nesting sites.

How high should a bluebird house be from the ground?

Use predator guards to further block nest box access. 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.