Bluebird nest boxes should be placed in open areas like field edges on poles or fence posts 5┦ feet above the ground. This bird is found in only a limited area of east central Alaska and cannot be attracted in other areas. Swallow nest boxes should be placed in open areas including cities, field edges, open forests, lawns or gardens. Place the boxes 10┰ feet above the ground on posts, trees or beneath house eaves.
Use the proper materials. Wood is the best material for birdhouses. Other materials (like metal or plastic) may not insulate the nest enough, so eggs or young could become chilled in cold weather or overheated in warm, sunny weather. Use rough_cut wood slabs, tree sections, or 3ǚ_inch plywood. Never use creosote_treated wood as creosote may kill the eggs or chicks.