DIY Bluebird Box: Build a Home for Feathered Friends

Bluebirds are one of the most valued residents at Kiawah River. Walk the trails that wind through the community, and you’re bound to see bluebird boxes along the trail – installed and diligently monitored by members of Kiawah River Wildlife Conservancy’s Bluebird Crew. Thanks to their efforts, the bluebird population is thriving in Kiawah River, meaning fewer of the insects and pests that these birds feast upon. Want the same benefits at your home? You can easily build and install a Bluebird box in your own yard. We’ll guide you through the process of building your own bluebird box with step-by-step instructions and tips to create a welcoming home for these feathered friends.

Materials Needed
– Untreated cedar or pine boards (dimensions specified below)
– Wood screws
– Waterproof wood glue
– Drill with appropriate drill bits
– Saw
– Ruler or measuring tape
– Sandpaper
– Exterior-grade paint or stain (optional)
– Bluebird box mounting pole or bracket (optional)

Bluebird Box Specifications
– Entrance Hole: 1.5 inches in diameter to accommodate Eastern Bluebirds.
– Interior Dimensions: Approximately 5 inches by 5 inches floor size with a depth of 8 to 10 inches.
– Ventilation Holes: Drill small holes near the top of the box to prevent overheating.

Step-by-Step Instructions
Cut the boards to size according to the following dimensions:
Front and Back Panels: 9 inches by 5 inches
Side Panels: 5 inches by 5 inches
Bottom Panel: 5 inches by 5 inches
Roof Panels: 7 inches by 5 inches (angled at the top for rain runoff)

Sand all edges and surfaces to remove any rough spots.

Assemble the box by attaching the sides to the front and back panels using wood glue and screws.

Attach the bottom panel to the assembled box.

Drill a 1.5-inch entrance hole centered on the front panel, positioned approximately 6 to 7 inches above the bottom.

Drill small ventilation holes near the top of the box.

Attach the roof panels to the top of the box, ensuring proper overhang to keep rain out.

Optionally, paint or stain the exterior of the box with non-toxic, exterior-grade paint or stain for added protection and aesthetic appeal.

Placement and Mounting
– Mount the bluebird box on a pole or tree approximately 5 to 10 feet above the ground, facing an open area with a clear flight path.
– Ensure the box is securely mounted and stable to prevent predators from accessing the nest.

Maintenance and Monitoring
– Check the bluebird box regularly during nesting season to monitor activity and clean out any old nests between broods.
– Avoid disturbing the nest during the nesting season to prevent abandonment.

Building your own bluebird box is a rewarding and environmentally friendly way to attract these beautiful birds to your backyard. By following these step-by-step instructions and providing a safe nesting environment, you’ll soon enjoy the sight of bluebirds nesting and raising their young right outside your window. So, gather your materials and give bluebirds a cozy place to call home!