Eastern Bluebird House
Eastern Bluebirds are slightly smaller that the Western and Mountain Bluebirds so their bird house is slightly smaller. This Eastern Blue Bird House Plan comes from 50birds.com. This Bluebird House has a hinged roof to make it easy to clean. One idea is to make a Bluebird Trail of houses 100 yards apart.
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Bluebird House Plans
This Bluebird House Plan is presented in two parts. First part is assembling a Bluebird House Kit. Then in Part 2 the author goes into building a Bluebird House. This two step process gives you a choice of using this project for a children's project or even a group event. The adults can prepare the kits first then later they can help the children assemble them. This is a very interesting idea for a cub scout or girl scout event.
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Peterson Bluebird House
The Peterson Bluebird House is thought to be preferred by Bluebirds. It is a more difficult to build birdhouse because of the angled cuts that are required. This unique bird house is preferred by many people due to its stylish design.
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North American Bluebird Society Nestbox Plans
The North American Bluebird Society has six nestbox plans that you can build for Bluebirds. They have an Eastern / Western Bluebird Nestbox, a DANDR Nestbox, a Gilbertson Nestbox, a Peterson Nestbox, a Side-Opening Mountain Bluebird Nestbox and Carl Little Bluebird Box. They also have a plan for Nestbox Predator Guards to keep cats, raccoons and snakes from getting at the bluebird's chicks.
Eastern Bluebird House Plan
This Eastern Bluebird house plan also works for Tree Swallows and Great Crested Flycatchers. This Bluebird house should be placed 4 to 6 feet off of the ground on a wooden post or steel pole with predator guards. The entrance hole should face generally in a northeast direction to prevent the sun from shining in the hole and heating up the house.
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Blue Bird House PlanThis Free Blue Bird House Plan is a bit sparse but it looks like a good design. The site also has several other bird house designs that might be of interest.
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Bluebird House Plans
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has an attractive Bluebird House Plan on their site. They suggest constructing several Bluebird Houses near each other to increase your odds of attracting Bluebirds.
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Mountain & Western Bluebird House Plan
The Mountain Bluebird and the Western Bluebird House is slightly larger than the Eastern Bluebird House. However in regions where there is significant overlap among the Eastern Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird and Western Bluebirds this nest box will accommodate them all. This nest box should be mounted on a post with partial shade and sun around 4 feet high. The bird house should be cleaned in the late Fall after the brood rearing season is over.
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How to Build a Bluebird House
This was a good resource for building bird houses on About.com. They took the site down but you can still see it on archive.org. So I link to archive.org for this plan. This Bluebird House Plan is straight forward and well diagramed. For wood all you need is a six foot length of 1 inch by 6 inch lumber. There are many types of wood you could use including pine, spruce, poplar and cedar. You should not use treated wood since the chemicals used can be toxic to birds.
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Bluebird Nestbox Styles
This is an amazing resource page for blue bird houses. They link to over 100 external bluebird house resources including free and purchase plans, bluebird organizations and they have a section on Generally Accepted Good Nestbox Design Specifications. This page is very extensive and will occupy you for awhile.
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