Bluebird House Mounting and Care

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.

Pole Mounting

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.

Tree Mounting

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!



Comment on this post (28 comments)

  • Nature's Way Bird Products says...

    Hi Susan. Thanks for reaching out. There are several methods you can use to prevent predators, including snakes, from accessing your bluebird house. Suggestions like baffling your birdhouse, correct placement and trimming shrubbery are some suggestions. Keep in mind you might need to use multiple methods to keep snakes away. All the best.

    February 29, 2024

  • Susan says...

    How can you prevent snakes from getting the post mounted bluebird box?

    February 29, 2024

  • Nature's Way Bird Products says...

    Hi Rich. Thank you for writing to Nature’s Way! Please see our birdhouse cleaning blog bit.ly/3MKeRvQ. Happy birding!

    February 08, 2024

  • Rich. Hansel says...

    Should the boxes be removed from the posts/ poles and stored for the winter or cleaned and left up?

    February 08, 2024

  • Nature's Way Bird Products says...

    Hi Diana,
    Thank you for contacting us. To remove your plexi, first remove the silver toggle at the bottom holding the plexi in place and then slide the view window out the bottom (reinsert after cleaning and the window is back in place). Thank you!

    June 05, 2023

  • Diana says...

    Hello! I bought two of the bluebird houses with the plexiglass window on the side, but can’t figure out how to remove the plexiglass for cleaning. I’m afraid I will break it if I try to bend it to get it out. please advise and thank you!

    June 05, 2023

  • Nature's Way Bird Products says...

    Hi Jim, Thanks for reaching out! Yes, we sell replacement viewing windows for our CWH4 houses. Please click on ‘Replacement Parts’ under our Products heading at the top of this page. Please email Customer Service at info@natureswaybirds.com if you need further assistance. Thank you!

    January 16, 2023

  • Jim Robinette says...

    Can I buy a replacement plexiglass for viewing in model# CWH4?

    January 16, 2023

  • Kellie says...

    Thanks!!! We are building bluebird houses! your content was so helpful and we thank you a lot

    December 02, 2022

  • Nature's Way Bird Products says...

    Hi Helen! Nature’s Way has designed our bluebird houses with ample ventilation and they have been used successfully for over 9 years in both northern and southern climates. As you are located in the south, any bluebird house should receive some mid-day shade to protect the house from overheating to provide for successful broods. All the best!

    October 07, 2022

  • Leave a comment

    Please note, comments must be approved before they are published