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Housing birds on your property

Housing birds isn't as easy as putting up a birdhouse; take these tips into consideration!
  • Beauty is everything

    Birds are attracted to pretty landscaping. Choose landscape plantings for attractiveness to you and to birds. Having gorgeous shrubbery of all shapes and sizes not only brings in the birds, but it beautifies your land!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Housing
  • Use feeders and planters

    A great way to bring in future nesting birds is to have a handful of feeders and planters to reel them in. Provide a variety of food and as many plant species as possible.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Housing
  • Avoid bird-window collisions

    As funny as they may seem, when these collisions occur, the bird isn't only stunned. Occasionally the bird suffers damages that eventually lead to death. Place feeders away from windows as a preventative measure. Go even further by placing a small plastic mesh with holes between 1/2- and 1-inch on the outside of your window.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Housing
  • Consider an aviary

    If you love birds and want to keep a few for yourself, you may want to build an aviary. Place it out of the way of trees to prevent dead leaves and branches from getting in. Build on concrete for easy clean up. And keep similar beak types together (hookbills, softbills, hardbills, etc.)

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Housing
  • Invest in a birdbath

    Birdbaths are a great addition to your yard. Buy one that stands at least 24-inches tall and with a basin of 1- to 2- inches deep. Place it in a shady area to keep water cool and fresh. You'll need to wash it out regularly to get rid of spoiled food and droppings, which could spread bird disease.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Housing
  • Bird watch

    Birds are fun to watch. So when thinking about where to set up your houses, put them in a place accessible to you. Don't put it near a busy street, in an area with constant human activity or too close to feeders. The birds will spend an unnecessary amount of energy trying to defend their roost.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Housing
  • Know your nesters

    There are two types of nesters. Primary nesters are birds like woodpeckers, which can chisel cavities into trees in order to nest. Most birds are secondary nesters who are unable to excavate their own cavity, so they use those from primary nesters.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Housing
  • Functionality is essential

    When choosing a birdhouse, don't simply opt for the prettiest one. Panels of wood ¾-inch thick provide insulation from the heat and with a few holes near the top, heat can properly escape. Side panels that open allow for easy access to clean at the end of the season. Put holes in the bottom corners to aid adequate drainage.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Housing
  • Serve and protect

    It is likely predators will try to snatch up your birds. Make sure your birdhouse entrance hole is the correct size for your bird. Watch out for cats, raccoons, squirrels and insects. Cats and raccoons tend to attack from the top, so keep your house away from possible launch points. Squirrels chew at the entrance hole, but placing a block of wood there may prevent that. If you see insects, get rid of them.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Housing
  • Provide cover

    Even with the possibility of birdhouses, there will always be some birds that prefer the great outdoors. Have plenty of plants, especially evergreens and shrubs for cold winter months.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Housing
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