The beginning of spring is the best time to install a birdhouse on your site in order to provide feathered helpers, fighters with harmful insects, a reliable home. Our tips site will tell you how to choose the right place for a birdhouse on the site and install it yourself.
The portal wrote in detail about how to make the right birdhouse on your own with drawings and step-by-step instructions. You can also make a hollow out of a solid log by cleaning it inside with a chisel. But it is not enough to make the house for the birds itself, you need to choose the right place for it and fix it.
Most often, birdhouses are hung on trees, but you can also install a birdhouse on the top of the pole. The basic rules are:
- The height of the birdhouse should be at least 3 meters;
- You need to make sure that the cat cannot get to the bird house;
- A house for wagtails, aka the wagtail, can be located on the roof of a shed, and starlings prefer to settle on a high pole;
- Letok, the entrance to the birdhouse, must be turned to the southeast so that the birds can wake up with the very first rays of the sun;
- It is advisable to protect the birdhouse from direct sunlight, especially when it comes to southern regions;
- If the birdhouse has a canopy, it must be mounted vertically. If there is no visor, you need to make a slight tilt towards the entrance so that rainwater does not exactly get inside the birdhouse;
- Never nail the birdhouse directly to a live tree! It should be tied to a trunk or branch with a wire, or better with a strong cord. Often a stick is nailed to the bottom of the house and already tied to a tree, providing a reliable fastening.
Important! When attaching the birdhouse at a high height, observe all safety requirements, use a reliable ladder or stepladder, let someone else hold it from below.
Do not be upset if your birdhouse remains empty until the fall. Birds are wary of everything new, so they can only appreciate the convenience of the house next spring. In addition, with the onset of cold weather, birds can settle in the birdhouse, which do not fly to the south and are looking for a warm place..
Do not forget to go up to the birdhouse at the end of the season and inspect it for damage. It will be necessary to remove the debris that has accumulated inside. If the birds have filled the house to the very entrance, the next year they will no longer settle there..