Don't overcrowd an area with nest boxes. Most cavity_nesting birds defend territories, so don't overcrowd an area with nest boxes for a single species. Usually, nest boxes should be placed 50 feet or more apart. Swallows, however, will tolerate neighbors and will sometimes nest in “apartment” birdhouses. Build your nest box so that it is easily maintained: Construct the birdhouse with a roof or floor that can be easily removed so that you can reach inside to clean it. Maintain your nestboxes: Nest boxes should be cleaned out each spring and disinfected to prevent the spread of avian diseases. Be sure to dry the inside and (if necessary) add fresh, dry sawdust or woodchips.
Birdhouses should be placed in fall or winter, if possible. Swallows may use nest boxes set out during late May or early June, but owls, chickadees, and woodpeckers begin looking for nest sites during February, March and April. Always face the birdhouse so the entrance is protected from prevailing winds. Kestrel nest boxes should be placed at the edge of a forest area or on a post in an open area 12┰ feet above the ground.