Once breeding season is over—usually by mid-August—it's a good idea to clean out the birdhouse. Remove old nesting material and scrub the house with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Rinse well and leave it open to dry completely.
Furthermore, do birds come back to the same nest every year?
Do birds reuse old nests from year to year? Many birds, including swifts and swallows return to the same nest-site each year but most nests, found in trees and hedges, are seldom used more than once. Even birds like blackbirds and song thrushes which raise several broods each year generally use a new nest each time.
Do birds reuse birdhouses?
Most birds don't reuse their old nests, no matter how clean they are. However, for nest boxes or birdhouses, NestWatch suggests cleaning out the box at the end of the season. This isn't absolutely necessary; often birds will clean it out themselves, but you can lend them a helping hand.
What attracts birds to a birdhouse?
Attracting Birds to Birdhouses
- Food: A variety of food sources, including bird feeders as well as natural foods, will ensure that nesting birds have plenty to feed their chicks.
- Water: All birds need fresh water for drinking and bathing, and a clean water source can make a yard even more attractive for nesting birds.
What direction should a birdhouse face?
First, it is recommended that the birdhouse faces the opposite direction from our prevailing winds. This means, as much as practical, birdhouses should face a northeasterly direction. The height where you place bird boxes should be at least five feet off the ground.