Selecting a Location

Wrens and chickadees both prefer houses that are located in a sheltered area - under the shade and protection of tree branches is ideal. When possible, hang the house so that the entry hole faces away from incoming weather anywhere from 5-10 feet off the ground. Higher or lower placement can also work as long as there is good cover nearby.

Hanging Your Wren House

A hanging style house is preferred so that it can be placed outward on a branch to help prevent predators reaching the nest. You can utilize the hanging cable that comes attached to your house to hang it as wrens will use a house that freely swings. A box house should be mounted on a pole with space in front of the opening, or can also be mounted under an eave to offer additional protection from the elements and predators. 

For best success, we recommend placing your nest boxes by February in the south. In northern regions, place your nest boxes by mid to late March for best results. Don’t be discouraged if birds don’t begin nesting in them immediately. Sometimes it takes time for the birds to discover and start using a house. 

House Inhabitants

All Nature's Way wren houses have a 1 1/8" opening to accommodate both house wrens and chickadees while keeping unwanted larger birds out.

A male wren will build a nest out of sticks and perch on the branches above the house to attract a female. These small birds have a very beautiful and distinct song and you will often hear their song before you are able to spot them flitting in the branches near the house.

 

A pair of chickadees will work together to build their nest with moss, pet hair, or other types of fur-like material. These small birds are very social and are easily and quickly drawn to bird feeders, oftentimes even when people are nearby.

Maintaining a Clean Birdhouse

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.

If you need more detailed cleaning tips, visit our article about the best way to clean out your birdhouse!

18 comments

  • Hi Patricia, Thank you for reaching out! We are not sure what the wren’s response will be but be sure to keep us posted! Happy birding!

    - Nature's Way Bird Products
  • I have a wren house that has been active for years. Now a Robin is building a nest right next to it should I stop the Robin from nesting? Will it stop my Wren activity?

    - Patricia Biersner
  • Hi Inga. Thanks for writing in. It sounds like you are doing the right things and yes, you can clean out after you are sure the babies have fledged. You can also read our bird house cleaning tips blog here: bit.ly/3MKeRvQ
    Happy birding!

    - Nature's Way Bird Products
  • My bewicks wren babies fledged and left the next 6 days ago. They are already flying and off with mom and dad. Got lots of video. Should I clean out the nest now? I already did but I kept it intact just in case I needed to put it back. Cleaned the birdhouse with vinegar mix and dried it and put a bunch of new feathers I collected on it. First I put my pomeranian hair in there and they used it as a base to the nest. So this time I collected tons of downy feathers from down by the lake. Same ones they used.

    - Inga
  • Hi Joe, Thank you for reaching out! Our research has shown that wrens can be territorial so if there is one already in an established nest, chances are another one won’t enter into the same ‘territory’. Hope this helps and happy birding!

    - Nature's Way Bird Products

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