Due to the variety of mounting applications or locations, we do not include any mounting hardware for bluebird houses.
Selecting a Location
In any mounting method, bird houses should be mounted approximately 5 feet off the ground. Houses should be mounted securely facing away from prevailing winds in the area to prevent rain from entering the box. Whenever possible, place the house in a clearing with tall grasses or shrubbery 8-12 feet away.
Don’t be discouraged if birds don’t begin nesting in the house
immediately. Sometimes it takes time for the birds to discover them. For optimum occupancy, place your nest boxes by February in southern areas and mid to late March in northern regions.
Bluebird houses can be mounted on a metal pipe/pole using pipe clamps (our preferred method). These materials can typically be found in the plumbing section of the local hardware, plumbing, or fencing store. The pipe clamps should be attached above and below the nesting chamber of the house as shown.
Post Mounting Options
The bluebird house can be mounted directly to a 4x4 post or wooden fence post by screwing through the back board above and below the nest chamber of the bluebird house. We recommend using weather resistant screws at least 1/2" longer than the depth of the back board on the house. Pilot holes can be drilled but typically are not necessary with cedar.
To mount the house onto the top of a 4x4 post, screw down through the bottom of the house into the top of the post. Be aware that these mounting methods do allow predators easy access to disturb the nest box.
We do not advise mounting your bluebird house directly to the trunk of a tree as it allows predators, such as raccoons, easy access to the house.
How To Set Up A Bluebird Trail
A bluebird trail is a group of multiple bluebird houses set up along designated trail. Bluebird trails can be beneficial in helping reestablish the bluebird population by providing numerous adequate nesting sites in a suitable habitat.
To set up a bluebird trail, you’ll first map out the location you’d like to use to determine how many bluebird houses you’ll need along your path. Keep in mind that nesting density and competition from other species will require the houses to be placed a distance apart. Bluebird houses should be placed at least 100 yards apart for Eastern and Western Bluebirds, and at least 200 yards apart for Mountain Bluebirds. Boxes can be mounted in pairs where Tree Swallows are abundant. When paired, boxes should be mounted 5-25 feet apart. This provides nesting sites for both species and helps to prevent competition between them (Ohio Bluebird Society).
The houses should be mounted according to the recommendations above. Once the houses have been set up, monitor the trail and clean out the house after each brood to encourage more nesting activity.
Maintaining a Clean Bird House
Birdhouses and nesting boxes should be cleaned at least once each year. All Nature's Way birdhouses feature clean-out doors, making it easy to remove the old nest and any debris that have collected. At minimum, cleaning should be done prior to nesting season in the spring. Some recommend cleaning the nesting boxes after each brood has fledged. This type of maintenance will reduce bird parasite problems and help keep the nest box useful longer.
For more detailed cleaning tips visit our blog post: Spring Cleaning is for the Birds!