So, you’re thinking of buying or building a birdhouse? Watching birds is surely one of the great pleasures of life, judging by the 46 million Americans who call themselves birdwatchers. Simply by hanging a birdhouse, you’ll have a front-row seat as birds build a nest and raise a family. It would seem that any birdhouse will do, so long as you meet the size and location requirements of the birds you want to attract. But, workmanship matters, too.
Issues arise when a birdhouse lacks a measure of quality. Birds suffer when there’s poor ventilation. Or, if there’s a leaky roof and no drainage holes in the bottom, they may not be willing to stay in it a second time. Birdhouses should be periodically cleaned and sanitized — is there an easy way inside? Will the quality of the wood stand up season after season? Is it made of safe materials? Use the list below as a guide when you go shopping.