Birdhouse Plans for Your Neighborhood Bluebirds
Marshall Brain is the real brain behind the incredible information resource
known as HowStuffWorks.com, a great “How To” website. In addition to being
a former president of a multimillion dollar software company, Marshall is a renowned author and award-winning professor.
In “The Teenager’s Guide to the Real World” and his other books, Marshall demonstrates the rare skill of being able to communicate complex ideas in clear, easy to understand language. Who better to tackle a set of bird house plans and break it down for us?
If you are looking for a great project for a child, then building a bluebird house is your answer. Bluebirds can be lured into your backyard with appetizing mealy worms, fruit, and suet. Use bird feeder plans and save some money by building your own bluebird feeder and bluebird house. A suet bird feeder which has a tray is the perfect way to entice these beautiful birds, and remember to put out fruit scraps when you have them.
What size should your bluebirds’ birdhouse be? That depends, of course, on
the size of your birds. Eastern, Western, and Mountain bluebirds all need a
house with a floor measuring 5×5 inches, a height of 6 to 12 inches, a hole 4-10 inches above the floor, and from 4 to 10 feet above the ground. The hole diameter for Eastern and Western bluebirds should be 1 1/2 inches, while the Mountain Bluebird needs about 1 9/16.
If you are working with children, the careful measurements and cutting
process can take too long, especially if you are meeting with a group of school kids, Boy or Girl Scouts, or other meeting-based groups. This is why Marshall assembled a bluebird house kit and plans. This turns the construction of a birdhouse into an afternoon project – and one kids can be proud of.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post which will tell you what you need to assemble your own bluebird bird house and where to get a set of bird feeder plans and birdhouse plans for the bluebird.