Make a home for our feathered friends to raise their young.

This is a simple open fronted bird nesting box for small to medium sized birds such as song thrushes, (European) robins, wrens and flycatchers. I was going to publish an Instructable to make a box for hole-nesting birds, but Cheapchuck has done such a good job HERE, I'm going to make a few of his.

Some birds which were once common are declining with the loss of habitat and changes in climate, and gardens are a valuable refuge. Wild birds are very entertaining to watch and any effort to attract them to the garden and help them to breed is well worthwhile.

You also have the added benefits of free pest control. Birds, especially during the breeding season, will hunt down and eat many garden pests. It has to be better to encourage a natural balance of wildlife in your garden than to upset the eco-system by spraying with pesticides.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

You will need a saw, a hammer, some 30mm panel pins, wood glue, a measure, a marker and a piece of wood around 3 foot (1 metre) long, 6" (150mm) wide and 1/2" (12mm) thick. A drill would be useful for drilling mounting holes, but not vital.

I used a piece of rough pressure treated timber which had been at the back of my shed for many years. If you are buying new, use plain timber. It won't last as long as treated timber, but recently treated wood can harm the birds you're trying to help. Building the box took me a bit over an hour and that included designing it, so with a bit of effort, you could make a few in an afternoon.
Excellent. Thank you very much for your response. I don't have too much truble with crows here, however the squirrels are an absolute nuisance. I do have a section of my backyard fence that has more ivy than other parts that would allow for too much sun. I think I'll give that a go. Great bird box, love the simplicity of it! <br>thanks very much again
Hi <br>I live in NYC and the city is loaded with Robins with red bellies. Love your simple box! Just one question: have you had any trouble with predators with box that is right up against the tree? Or is the box small enough that none have given it a go? <br>Again, great bird box!
I've only been to NYC once - Incredible place, but I wouldn't want to live there as I'm a country boy at heart. For a densely packed city it's amazing how many green areas there are. <br> <br>As I've said in a comment above, in the UK our main predators are the crow family and squirrels but the box is now so well hidden in the ivy that you can hardly see it. <br>Spring hasn't arrived here yet this year but we're hoping for another boxful of birds. <br>I've also made a few based on CheapChuck's design linked above which have had blue-tits in them in previous years.
Looks great...hope ya do not have a lot of raccoons around...they LOVE to raid the eggs out of the nest.
You know, I've NEVER seen a raccoon around - Here in England our main predators are foxes, rats, grey squirrels, magpies and jackdaws. (We need to go to the zoo to see raccoons :-)
god i love foxes... i might go see if i can track some down. any suggestions?
Yay im in england !!
I saw 2 racoons up a tree a few blocks away from where I live about a week ago...<br/>our main predators are grey squirrels, red squirrles, Jays, Magpies and <em>Survivor man</em><br/>
wow. over where i live (california, usa) we have raccoons, crows, and MAYBE foxes. I might go see if i could find a couple of foxes.
Great instructable! I might add a small camera out side of it to just peer in on the little fellas.
I mentioned your instructions in my (german) blog:<br /> http://www.rentfort.de/2010/03/15/einfach-ein-schnes-cacheversteck-basteln#more-558<br />
Thanks for that. My German language abilities are nothing to speak of, but I see the term muggle / muggel has carried over from the English.&nbsp; <br /> I&nbsp;hope you're making that one for the birds too.&nbsp; It's the right time of year for it.<br />
Actually, I built the house as a geocaching (www.geocaching.com) stash. Geocacher refer to people who are not involved in the hobby as &quot;muggle&quot;.<br /> But you're right! It's the right time to build one for the real birds ;)<br />
I found out about geocaching last year as I&nbsp;was browsing Instructables. We've been out and found a couple of the local ones and will probably seek a fair few more this year.&nbsp; It makes a walk with the family much more fun.<br />
Great. Exactly what I need. Only that I'll use it to hide a geocache :D But I think I'll make one extra for the birds. :)
Thanks. In the UK we tend to use both metric and Imperial and I know Instructables has members all over the globe. Personally, I tend to think in Imperial and measure in metric. I put the box up too late for nesting last year, but this year there's a robin showing a definite interest in it.
Also it's great that you added the metric measures. Saves me the recalculations.
Thanks, your plan is very good and easy to follow. I have churned out about 7 this weekend and plan to make about 10-15 more. Once someone sees how cool they are they want one. Great job
If you're making several, make sure some are the type for hole-nesting birds like Cheapchuck's design I link in the first section. Different birds like different type of nest-box.
looks good
Our robin looks like <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.birdfood.co.uk/common_images/image_store/14122006111754Robin%20snow%202.JPG">THIS</a> whereas your one is more like <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.birdsofoklahoma.net/images/AmericanRobin0689.jpg">THIS</a>. Having a quick google, it looks like they like the same type of nesting and eat the same foods.<br/>
Thanks for mentioning that birds eat insects. The English Sparrow was imported to America specifically to eat mosquitoes, which they surely do. I will build on of your houses for my Robins.
Cool! Looks Great!
nice, very detailed instructions! i made one with a small-ish circle opening at the front and a hinged roof (what i got from 'classic' ones in cartoons and stuff lol) but i think this design is probably better. if you do try that style of design in the future, a good idea is to have a hinged roof so that you can clean/check on it when required. (i used a piece of innertube from a bike tyre as a hinge because it's waterproof and flexible.)
Funny you should say that. I was using this to lead up to a hole-fronted type with the features you mention. The different types will attract different types of birds, and the hole size is important. Watch this space . . .
haha awsum. could you include a section about what size hole for what bird, when i made mine i think i either placed it in the wrong area or messed up with the size of the whole because despite seeing plenty in the garden no birds ever nested in mine
You did a great job in documenting how you made this. I'm gonna guess more work went into writing the ible than making the bird house.
You're dead right. The box took a bit over an hour, and the 'ible took about five times that. If it's going to be seen by (hopefully) over a thousand people, I reckon it's worth putting a bit of effort in.

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