Birds can sometimes be seen as pests, especially if they are nesting in your roof and causing damage to your cabling and insulation.
But while birds can be a bit of a pain if they nest in your roof, who doesn’t enjoy the sound of native birds chirping in their gardens?
Birds play a vital role in the ecosystem, with some birds helping to pollinate flowers, and others controlling other pests and weeds in your garden. And helping the native bird population thrive is important for Australia’s natural environment, as birds east and spread seeds, which in turn promotes plant growth.
Here’s how to build a bird house for your yard:
Find the perfect placement:
This could be somewhere around your garden, or up against a tree or fence. An area away from predators, bird feeders, or busy parts of the garden is ideal. Too much activity nearby can make the birds nervous and ultimately not want to use your bird house. Shade is essential in hot areas, and shelter from the rain is important for rainy areas.
Decide on the size of the bird house:
Once you’ve chosen the location for the bird house, this will help determine the size you can build the bird house and the materials you might need. Consider the types of birds you usually spot in your garden, and factor this into how big you build it. Make sure the entry is big enough for the birds.
Choose a bird house plan:
You can either design your own style, or choose from several bird house plans online. The plan you end up using will help you determine the amount of materials you’ll need. Consider the location when deciding on your plan, as some plans may not be suitable for fixing on a tree, and would better suit being perched on top of a post.
Consider the materials you will use:
Timber is a good option, as it will prevent the bird house getting too hot for the birds to use in summer months. Whereas tin or iron will heat up in the sun and make the bird house too hot to nest in. Also look for fixtures and fittings to secure the bird house in place.
Build the bird house:
Build the bird house according to your plans, and be sure to fasten the materials together tightly to avoid the bird house collapsing, wobbling or falling out of place. Don’t forget to add an entry point and a perching post.
Secure the bird house:
It is important to note that wherever you place your bird house, it should be fixed securely in place so that it doesn’t swing in the wind. Some birds don’t mind swinging, but other birds do. Be sure to secure the bird house enough so that it can withstand the elements.
Maintain the bird house:
Bird houses require regular cleaning to keep the house tidy and cosy, and also so you can monitor the hatchlings.
Bird houses are a great way to attract birds to your gardens, giving them a safe and comfortable place to nest with their chicks. They also provide a cosy place for them to rest when migrating. And importantly, bird houses can keep birds from nesting in your roof.
For a permanent bird proofing solution, you should consider gutter guard protection and bird proofing measures. Aussie Gutter Protection are the experts in gutter guards and bird proofing in Melbourne. Talk to Aussie Gutter Protection for a customised bird proofing solution for your home, so you can keep the birds chirping in your garden and not in your ceiling.