Choosing a Birdhouse

I've mentioned before how much I like birdhouses, and so today I'd like to mention a few tips for new homeowners looking to provide accommodations for feathered friends.

Many people go shopping and find beautiful, elaborate birdhouses that look great in the yard. It can quickly become a disappointment when no birds take up residence in said penthouse.  One of the chief reasons many be toxic materials.  When choosing a birdhouse, it is important to make sure it is constructed of materials not harmful to birds.  You should also make sure the birdhouse has a door or removable top so that you can clean it out if need be.

It is also important to research what type of birdhouse attracts what bird.  Who knew birds were so picky, right?  Certain birds need certain size entrances, and they also may prefer a certain dimensions inside. Lastly, it is important to make sure there is adequate ventilation and drainage holes in the birdhouse, so that baby birds don't drown or suffocate.

The best time to add a new birdhouse is winter or early spring, which means now is a great time to shop for a new bird house.

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