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Is there a general rule for which direction a house should be placed? Away from the prevailing wind/weather? Or facing east?

Or does it depend on the species, like the size, shape, and height of the house does?

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Cleaning them out is the only thing that seems to matter for us. The one with the most left over stuff is the last one they use, the empty one is the first one we see someone moving into.

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Most of them can be seen from the kitchen window or the back steps (back of house faces north), but there are 2 that we can't see, but they have birds most years.

 

Come to think of it, the only times our bird houses don't have birds are whn the squrils are in them in the spring first. We have had a few years where the houses fell on the ground or were left on a table and they still were used.

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I don't know if the orientation matters, but the size of the doorway and the size of the insides does. A gigantic birdhouse will not attract Bluebirds for instance, but squirrels will love it.

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View PostI don't know if the orientation matters, but the size of the doorway and the size of the insides does. A gigantic birdhouse will not attract Bluebirds for instance, but squirrels will love it.

 

 

Yeah, each bird needs a different everything, redface.gif

That's what led me to ask about placement. I figure since I built these houses to spec., that I'd find some prime locations for them wink.gif

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a lot of it depends on the birds they are intended for

 

in general though, you want some morning sun to dry things out and warm them up

 

and afternoon shade to cool them

 

some species are quite fussy- bluebirds come to mind- not too high, not too low, edge of woods on a post

 

you are less apt to get birds you don't want if you try and make it as attractive as possible to the birds you do want

 

some designs are also better than others: hole size, interior volume, etc.

 

purple martins like to nest in groups, for example

 

reach out to local birders/conservation socities, etc. to see what they recommend for your area

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Also Ben....

 

The height is very important. Some birds only like the tops of trees, others the middle, and still others like to be near the ground. Another consideration is that some birds will nest in the outer branches , while others are nearer the trunk. It's complicated.smile.gif

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Thanks guys. A year of searching for that one good website with actual plans for birdhouses has made me fairly well versed on hole and box sizes, heights off ground, and such for my local species.

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View PostThanks guys. A year of searching for that one good website with actual plans for birdhouses has made me fairly well versed on hole and box sizes, heights off ground, and such for my local species.

 

 

the big thing is exposure then

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View PostThanks guys. A year of searching for that one good website with actual plans for birdhouses has made me fairly well versed on hole and box sizes, heights off ground, and such for my local species.

 

 

What species did you build those for?

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