While it is okay to paint the outside of a bird house, do not paint the interior surfaces or the inner rim of the entrance hole. Furthermore, use only environmentally safe paints, stains or varnishes on the outside and avoid any lead_based paints that can poison birds from fumes or ingestion. Choose a bird house design with the proper interior dimensions for the desired residents: Too small of a house may cause growing birds to smother, while too large of a house will not be attractive to nesting parents. Smaller birds could also become too chilled in a larger house if they are not huddled together when needed.
When deciding where to place your feeders, remember that birds need protection from wind and predators, as well as perches to use while waiting to use the feeder. Thus, a feeder placed in the middle of an open yard may attract few birds. Try to put your feeders near shrubs and trees. However, thick vegetation around a feeder may provide ambush cover for cats. Keep free_roaming cats out of your yard, if possible. Put your feeders where they can be easily observed from a window to get the most enjoyment from them.