How to Build and Install a Wren House
What size hole does a wren house need?
For House Wrens, Winter Wrens and Bewick's Wrens, you can make the hole diameter 1 1/8" which is also large enough for black-capped chickadees. A 1 1/4" hole will allow Carolina Wrens and White-breasted Nuthatches to use the box, but also will allow unwanted house sparrows to enter as well. via
How do you make a wren birdhouse? (video)
How do you attract wrens to a birdhouse?
Some species will readily use birdhouses with a 1-to-2-inch entrance hole, though they are not generally picky about the overall house shape. Providing nesting material such as feathers, moss, small twigs, and grass clippings can also encourage wrens to nest nearby. via
Which way do you face a wren house?
Which Way Should Wren House Face? Like most birdhouses, Wren Houses should be faced away from prevailing winds, which for most in the US is East, North, South, and then West would follow. Keep in mind, birds are not going to read this and may choose North first. via
What color should a wren house be?
The best colors for a birdhouse depend on the house type and where it will be situated. In general, natural camouflaged colors such as gray, dull green, brown, or tan help the house blend into its environment and keep nesting birds safe from predators. via
Do wrens use bird houses?
Habitat: House wrens prefer their houses hanging from a small tree in the middle of a yard, or along the border of an open yard. Carolina wrens will go into a birdhouse that is well hidden in natural habitat. All three bluebird species (eastern, western and mountain) will use birdhouses. via
Will Carolina wrens use a birdhouse?
Nesting boxes offer wrens a more convenient (for you) place to put their nest, and can be placed so that they are safer from predators. Carolina Wrens may also use nest boxes put out for other species, but this design is a "pseudocavity" which appeals to their tendency to select partially-enclosed areas. via
Do wren houses need to be cleaned out?
However, you will want to inspect and clean the house at least once a year. The best time for cleaning a birdhouse is in the autumn months after the babies have left the nest, and you are sure not to disturb any nearby birds. Wrens may have 1-2 broods per year, so keep this in mind before taking down the house. via
Will a cardinal use a birdhouse?
Unlike many other backyard birds, Cardinals will not use birdhouses or nesting boxes. Make sure that your yard features pine needles, small twigs, grass clippings, and other materials so that Cardinal visitors will build a nest nearby. via
Are house wrens bad?
Wrens covet all nest sites on their territory, and can become fierce pillagers of other birds' nests. This is where they run afoul of some humans. They're notorious for ruining the nests of chickadees, bluebirds and tree swallows and even, at times, killing the adult birds. via
What bird food attracts wrens?
Suet, peanut butter, and shelled peanuts are other favorite treats, and they're best offered in shallow dishes or tray feeders for easy access. Planting native berry-producing shrubs will also give wrens an attractive winter food source long after most insects have vanished. via
Do wrens like suet?
Although sunflower seeds might attract more colorful birds, Carolina Wrens generally prefer suet and peanuts. via
What birds will nest in a wren house?
Why Wrens Need Houses
Wrens are cavity-nesting birds, but while some wrens build their own elaborate structures, a few wren species will eagerly investigate artificial structures. House wrens, Carolina wrens, and Bewick's wrens will all use birdhouses. via
What month do house wrens nest?
House wrens are cavity nesters, nesting in old woodpecker holes or bird houses. Males build several nests to entice a mate. In Western New York they begin building their nests in the middle of May and lay eggs in early June. via
How do you tell the difference between a male and female wren?
Look closely at the house wren, and you'll see a variety of small white and black spots, the only variation in the bird's plumage. Males and females look alike and both have the wren-like habit of cocking their tails up when perched. via
What color birds hate?
One color that the majority of birds avoid is white. A dull or bright white signals alarm and danger to birds, causing them to avoid those areas. via
What color attracts birds to a bird bath?
Any bright or primary colors are the best colors to paint bird baths. These colors include red and pink to attract hummingbirds, orange to attract orioles, blue to attract bluejays, and yellow to attract goldfinches. via
Can you move a house wren nest?
Please note that under the law, it is not legal to simply move the nest to another location in your yard. (Additionally, it's unlikely the parent birds will continue to use it—they'll abandon the eggs and try to build another nest.) via