Self-built nesting boxes in the garden

More and more often you see them in gardens or forests: nesting boxes for our domestic birds. What is dismissed by many as unnecessary or even as a hobby, but saves some birds in the winter life.

Self-built nesting boxes as a refuge for cold winter days

Self-built nesting boxes are not only hotbeds, but also serve in winter as a shelter from the cold. The Nature Conservation Union Germany even sees a lack of breeding nests for birds, because old and rotten trees are missing in our forests, even natural caves are scarce.

Nesting box in the garden
Build nesting box yourself

Therefore, it is important to provide the birds with artificial breeding grounds in the form of self-built nesting boxes offer.

Build nest boxes with children yourself

Of course you can also just one nesting box to buy. But it makes more sense and beautiful, the Nesting box to build with the children themselves, First, such joint actions are simply valuable time spent together; second, children learn much more about the behavior of birds and their preferences.

Is the nesting box Once set up and enjoying the busy visit, the kids have a great sense of achievement with the self-built nesting box. In winter, with a bit of luck, they may see titmice, wrens, and many other birds - and even squirrels - watching the nesting box to use as a place to sleep.

In particularly cold winters saves the self-built nesting box even some birds life. Because especially in winter, when the animals anyway find little food, they burn a lot of body fat. A cold night is already the death sentence.

Homemade nesting box: how it works!

The self-built nesting box is best made of spruce, fir or beech wood, which should be about two inches thick. Instead of wood preservatives (against fungal infestation, etc.) you should use linseed oil or environmentally friendly paint, otherwise you endanger the animals.

nesting box
nesting box

Also the nature conservation federation recommends to use screws instead of nails, because then the box can be cleaned later better. Very important are ventilation holes in the bottom of the self-built nesting box.

Depending on the type of bird that is to breed in the box, one must determine the size of the entry hole. At thirty millimeters, for example, nuthatches, great tit, and sparrow can slip through, while at twenty-five millimeters, only different species of titmice can make it.

Also the size of the interior decides about the birds, theirs self-built nesting box Respectively. It is best to check with your children beforehand which birds in their area depend on nesting boxes and then adjust the size accordingly. The base of the box should definitely be more than twelve to twelve centimeters. Incidentally, a suitable and explicit construction manual can be easily downloaded from the internet.

Where should the self-built nesting box hang?

Here are some tips for hanging up self-built nesting box, The entry hole should point to the east and the box should hang at least two meters above the ground. On trees you can self-built nesting boxes fix with wire clips or stainless nails.

In addition, you must make sure that no water can penetrate when it rains: For this, let the box rather overhang forward, even if you then the Einflugloch not quite as good can see. Make sure that the box can not be cleared by martens or cats!

Suitable places next to trees are sheds, sheds, house walls and balconies. The box is cleaned after the breeding season. Just remove the old nest and the self-built nesting box brush out. Be sure to wear gloves and do not take the box with you into the apartment, there is a risk of infection here!

The best time, one self-built nesting box hanging up is the fall. Then you can hammer and sawn!