The Do’s and Dont’s of Birdhouses

It’s almost prime bird-watching time, and we have a way to bring extra feathered friends to your abode. Jordan Price of the Travis Audubon Society swooped by to give us the scoop. Bright, colorful and painted birdhouses are not the way to go. Keep it simple with untreated, rough wood. A baby bird needs that roughness to get out of the birdhouse for the first time. Avoid painting because that contains chemicals.Use galvanized screws to hang the bird house on a pole, post or the side of your house.The entrance to the birdhouse should be circular, and less than a quarter inch. Our birdhouse has a little bit of extra protection. The size of the hole helps keep out other species of birds, and even squirrels. Every house should have drainage holes, and a removable roof. The removable roof will help you in upkeep for the next bird family. Learn more by going to or call 512-300-BIRD. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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