Use the Proper Equipment: You can't build a good, safe bird house if you don't use the right tools for the construction. Be sure you have the proper drill bits, screwdrivers, hammers, saws and other tools for building bird houses on hand, and that those tools are in good working order. Reread instructional manuals if needed, and always practice proper safety when using different tools. If you are unfamiliar with the necessary tools, you might consider a beginning woodworking or wood shop class instead – building a bird house is often a class project you can select. This will allow you to build your first bird house with expert guidance to be sure you are building it correctly and using tools properly. Along with the tools you use, you also want to have the appropriate materials for the house. Most bird house plans will suggest the best material, or you can opt for slightly different materials you may already have on hand. Recycled or upcycled materials are great for building bird houses, such as using parts of old fences, barns or other older, well_seasoned wood that birds will appreciate.
Avoid bird houses made of metal. Metal houses will become miniature ovens in summer heat, and reflective metals are highly visible to predators. The house can have metal guards or trim over a different material, however, such as a metal cover to fix an entrance hole to the proper size if needed. Healthy Houses: Bird houses can become crowded as nestlings grow, giving diseases and mites greater opportunities to spread to young birds. A safe bird house is one that takes into account the health of the birds.