Baby Birds

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Who Raises Baby Birds In Bird Houses?

Baby birds such as Wren, Chickadee, Blue Bird are types of young birds that are raised in man made bird houses because their parents are cavity nester's.

But not all birds inhabit bird houses because of individual bird specie preferences.

Many birds such as Goldfinch, build open cup shaped nests on a tree branch or in a bush. This is for many people the most familiar style of bird nest habitat. Watch four Goldfinch fledgling leave their nest.



Birds who are cavity nester's will use the traditional bird houses humans provide.

Some larger birds like Owls require a larger structure and Nuthatches like a small cozy cavity with a small doorway.

There are also birds who will build their nest on a platform called a nesting shelf. Robins and Mourning Doves like to use these structures.

An interesting fact people don’t often realize is that some birds will not use a house for raising their young, but may instead only use bird houses to roost.

Sometimes people observe that no one seems to be building anything in their house that they have erected. But they do notice some activity at times. This may be due to the fact that some birds use bird houses as roosting boxes, for a warm place to spend the night.

This is very important in winter. Several birds may stay in a little house over night using their body temperatures to give each other warmth.


Don't forget there are always exceptions to any rule.

There are many stories of birds setting up a "nest" in a location to raise their baby birds that are not typical for their species. Robins are notorious for nesting in peculiar spots. So don't be disappointed if your neighbourhood robin doesn't choose your nesting shelf to raise its young but instead chooses a quirky inconvenient spot to you! If this occurs nesting shelves can make great little platform feeders too.



Here is an excellent variety of bird nesting boxes designed to attract many different cavity nester's and those who will use a shelf.

But if you prefer to make your own, see below for my top picks.




Another interesting fact is that Purple Martins are a species of bird which are solely dependent on people to provide their housing. Their dependence on man made homes has evolved over the years due to generational imprinting. Parents know best!

There can be an enormous benefit to humans by having some of these birds who use man made houses around. Purple Martins and Bats are prolific bug eaters. Purple Martins by day and Bats by night. 

They can make a noticeable difference to the amount of bugs that are in an area. A definite beneficial symbiotic relationship!

We take care of their needs as they raise baby birds in the bird homes we provide and in return they take care of ours by keeping bug populations like mosquitoes down!


My Building Bird House Kit & Book Recommendations

Two modifications I would suggest:

1. Omit installing the perches, as perches only assist predators to get in easier!

2. Make a modification to the birdhouse kit instructions to make it  easy to open your bird house so you can clean it out every year in the autumn.

And remember, do you want a hanging bird home or will you need to erect a bird house pole?

How To Build A Bird House Books


Bird Houses For Sale


A good selection of Bird Houses & Predator Guards for bird house entrances.






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Discover more info about bird houses & nesting habits below & in sidebar above

  • Nesting Habits - Wild birds prepare for and raise their baby birds in many different ways. Some birds are solitary in their method and others are communal.
  • Wild Bird Shelters for roosting or homes for cavity nesters are a good way to keep birds in your yard for great bird watching.


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