Be sure young birds will be able to leave the nest. Roughen the inside of the nest box below the entrance hole or attach a sheet of 1ǚ_inch galvanized wire mesh, so fledging young can climb out easily. Provide woodpeckers, waterfowl, and owls with nest material. Many cavity_nesting birds will add their own nest material, but the woodpeckers, waterfowl and owls prefer nest boxes with 2ι inches of dry sawdust or woodchips in the bottom.
Clean the house seasonally or whenever a family of birds vacates the premises: Remove all nesting debris and rinse the house with a sanitizing solution of one part bleach and nine parts water. Rinse the house again with clear water, and allow it to air dry thoroughly before storing it for the winter or repositioning it for new tenants. Nesting birds face many different hazards, but there are easy ways to make any bird house design safer and more attractive to bird families. Building a bird house may seem like an easy project, but there is much more to an attractive, bird_friendly house than a wooden box with an entrance hole. Before you build a bird house, you need to understand what nesting birds need and how best to meet those needs with the house you construct.