Position the bird house far enough away from brush so predators cannot stage an ambush, but close enough to plants so parent birds can easily scout the area. Five to eight feet of distance is sufficient for most bird houses. Similarly, keep bird houses away from popular feeding areas to prevent territorial conflicts between feeding birds and nesting parents. Choose natural colors so the bird house will blend into the surroundings: Browns and dark shades of green are the most suitable choices and will be the most attractive to birds. If desired, decorate the house with natural materials to keep it concealed but still an ornamental focal point in the yard.
Chickadee nest boxes should be placed on trees in wooded areas. Boreal and Chestnut_backed Chickadees prefer coniferous forests, while Black_capped Chickadees prefer deciduous woods. Chickadees nest 6┫ feet above the ground. Sawdust or woodchips may be placed in the bottom of chickadee nest boxes. Chickadees prefer split_log nest boxes. Nuthatch nest boxes should be placed 6┰ feet above the ground on a tree in mixed coniferous_hardwood forest. Nuthatches perfer split_log nest boxes.