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bird houseBird Houses for Small Birds

You can view a good selection of bird homes here or for a specific type of bird home click on the particular page in the right sidebar.

Bird Watching By Putting Out
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It only stands to reason that if you are setting the table for wild birds with bird feeders, they would choose to nest “down the hall”, so to speak, in your backyard.

Beautiful Purple Martin HouseDecorative & Functional
Purple Martin House

A bird home will greatly enhance your backyard birding experience.

It will allow you to view the wonders of baby birds growing to full fledged.

This addition to your yard provides a wonderful way to enjoy backyard birds.

Bird shelters provide a whole other broad range of wild bird nesting habits for you to observe.

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But, What Do Birds Need In A Bird House?

My hope is that you will learn here, how to encourage wild birds to use your yard to raise their young.

But before our feathered friends can get to the busy point of nurturing a family they need to stake out a territory and defend it.

Then they must find a mate.

Courtship rituals are among the most fascinating bird behaviours to watch.

There are no flowers or diamond rings.

Single Unit Bird HouseRustic Bird House

Instead you will witness interesting displays of feathers, fancy steps, bobbing heads, special calls and songs, food offerings often given in thoughtful tenderness or sometimes seemingly aggressive behaviour.

Yet all these diverse traits, more often carried out by males, are intended to accomplish one thing. Winning the affections of a mate!

Who would want to miss such exciting backyard bird activity!

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Gourd House
Roosting Box

List of Things to Consider When Choosing a Bird House

        1. Which species of baby birds are raised in handmade bird homes?

    2. Do those birds live in my area?

    3. After the first two questions are answered – what type of house will they use?

    4. How many should I put up in my yard?

    5. Where is the best location in my yard?

    6. When should I put up a bird shelter?

    7. What about predators?

    8. Will there be a lot of maintenance?

    9. What are wild birds nesting habits?

Bird Houses & Building Bird Houses
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Two modifications I would suggest to any bird house plans you make or purchase:

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

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

And answer this question before you start your search:

"Do you want a hanging bird home or do you want a bird house on a pole, in which case you will need to erect a bird house pole?

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Types of Bird Homes

Hand made Purple Martin House beautifully constructed.Homemade Purple Martin House

Purple Martin House

Finch House

Chickadee House

Wren House

Bluebird house

Bat Box

Owl Box

Gourd houses

Nesting Shelf

Swallow Shelf

Roosting Boxes

Nesting Pocket

Snags (dead trees)

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Discover Bathing Habits Below

  • Dust Baths, sun bathing and "anting" may seem like odd practices to humans, but we actually practice activities for the very same purposes.
  • Cleaning Bird Baths on a regular schedule is very necessary for wild bird health and enjoyment.
  • Heated Bird Baths are a wonderful way to provide water for wild birds in winter in areas where the temperatures reach the freezing mark.
  • Homemade Bird Bath How to make a recycled, upcycled bird bath by repurposing used items. The birds love it and it is beautiful too.
  • Bird Bathing Info A bath for birds also provides a basic need for the wild birds too and that is water to drink to sustain their lives.

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