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How to build a bird house that will actually be used requires a little knowledge but it is not complicated.
There are a few things that will be important to know, to successfully attract birds to use a bird house and raise their young to full fledge.
It is important to know what attracts a specific wild bird to a bird house and what assists them in providing good baby bird care.
Studies have shown that wild birds prefer home made bird houses over manufactured houses.
This may be due to some simple factors such as expense in mass producing a good quality product.
Some elements that wild birds like may be left out because it is expensive to mass produce those elements.
Please don't be daunted by the statement made earlier that birds prefer homemade bird houses and you know you are all thumbs when it comes to hands-on projects.
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?