Bluebirds liven up suburban neighborhoods and country lanes alike with their cheerful call and beautiful colors. If you plan to attract these feathered neighbors by installing a bluebird house, choose its location carefully.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recommends a minimum height of 5 feet, while the Missouri Department of Conservation recommends a minimum height of 4 feet.
Reason for Minimum
Placing the birdhouses at or above the minimum height helps protect bluebird nestlings and eggs from climbing and jumping predators, such as raccoons and house cats, according to the National Bluebird Society.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recommends a maximum height of 7 feet; the Missouri Department of Conservation recommends a maximum height of 6 feet.
Reason for Maximum
It is important to monitor and periodically to clean bluebird boxes, which helps prevent disease and parasites. The maximum recommended heights facilitate this crucial birdhouse maintenance by keeping birdhouses within reach.
If you'd like to use a bluebird house for other species, change the height. Some species that can use the same size nesting box, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation, are wrens, chickadees, titmice, tree swallows and flying squirrels; raise the box to 10-15 feet to suit these tenants.