Having a successful nest in your bluebird house may take some
work, but it will provide you with an educational and enjoyable
Eastern bluebird houses should be placed in areas made up of mixed hardwood
trees and grasses. Power line rights-of-way, pastures, yards and cemeteries
provide excellent grassland habitat.
When installing your bluebird house, measure so it's approximately 5 to 6 feet
above the ground. Make sure the entrance hole faces north, east or northeast to
prevent sunlight from shining into the hole and heating the interior.
Eastern bluebirds' competitors
House sparrows will compete with eastern bluebirds for nesting sites. Therefore,
bluebirds prefer to nest in rural areas, away from buildings.
Their houses are also susceptible to house cats and raccoons.
Eastern bluebird houses need to be cleaned of debris regularly. Have your
house clean and ready for the birds by late March each year, and check the
house every 7 to 10 days from late March until mid-August. Be sure to remove
nesting material as soon as the first brood leaves, because it's possible to
raise a second brood in the same year in the same house.
View a blueprint for an
eastern bluebird nest box.