Building a Birdhouse for the House Wren
House wrens are easily enticed to a yard. After all they are very tolerant of human activity and are known for choosing a wide variety of manmade objects as their nesting site. Put in mind though that when building a birdhouse for house wrens they usually prefer the cavity to be snug enough to surround the entire nest leaving only the entrance open. Furthermore always place the birdhouse near the edge of dense shrubbery and not out in the open. After building a birdhouse for house wrens dont be surprised though if the house wrens in the area prefer to stay in a plain old rusty bucket you forgot and left out there in the bushes. After all house wrens are famous for their eccentric choices!
To build a house wrens nest box all you will need is a piece of lumber that has a dimension of 1x6x48. Cut the lumber into 6 pieces according to the dimensions listed below.
- 2 pieces that is 8 inches in length for the side panels.
- 1 piece that is 11 inches in length for the back.
- 1 piece that is 8 inches in length for the front.
- 1 piece that is 8.25 inches in length for the roof.
- 1 piece that is 4 inches in length for the floor (left over piece).
In the front panel drill an entrance hole with a diameter of 1 1/8 inch. The entrance hole must be around 1 inch from the top (wide side held vertical). Drill a few small holes on the panel for the floor to serve as drain.
After all the pieces are cut they can easily be assembled using wood glue and nails to put them together. Note that each piece (except for the roof and floor) is to be put together with the long side of each piece held vertical. The back is going to be longer so you can attach the floor and side about 1 inch from the bottom of the back panel. The part of the floor that should be attached to the back panel is the one that is 4 inches in length so that the part that touches the side panels will be 6 inches (same width as the side panels). The roof will jut out in the front when placed on top of the side and front panels. The extra length of wood on the top of the back panel is where you can drive a nail through to attach your finished birdhouse on a pole or tree.