7 DIY Chickadee Birdhouse Plans You Can Build Today
Constructing a birdhouse is more than just a fun project. It can be a way to help promote a healthy ecosystem in your local environment.
Birds can play a huge role in the ecosystem by helping pollinate flora, controlling insect populations, and even minimizing the growth of weeds in your garden. Not to mention, a nicely landscaped home—which includes having beautiful birdhouses—can actually add to the property value of your house.
One of the most common types of birds that will visit your home is the chickadee. Chickadees belong to the genus Paridae, with several different species spanning the United States. In other words, wherever you live, there is bound to be a chickadee around you.
Creating a birdhouse to help them thrive is a wonderful weekend gig! But it can be difficult to know how to get started. While chickadee birdhouses don’t require any fancy features, there are just so many different designs available.
Here are seven of our favorite designs (with included plans) to help you learn how to build a chickadee birdhouse.
1. The Back-to-Basics Birdhouse
This is probably the birdhouse you envision when you think of birdhouses. It’s a throwback to every summer camp around the country, and one that you might even have in your backyard now.
But there’s a reason why this particular design is so iconic. It’s because they work wonderfully. Sometimes, it’s the simplest things in life that work best. However, the simplicity of this design doesn’t mean that it’s limited. In fact, they’re just the opposite.
Whether you want to customize this house with a roost, feeding attachment, or assorted decorative touches, you can easily turn this birdhouse into anything you so desire. It’s a blank canvas.
2. The Angular Birdhouse
This design may seem a little wonky at first—especially when compared to the basic birdhouse above. Its triangular shape may seem a little cramped for the birds you’re trying to attract. Rest assured, however, that such is not the case. The awkward angling of the house actually helps the chickadees more than you can imagine.
The close interior of the house can provide more warmth than a standard birdhouse. And if lined with saw shavings or other insulative materials, the chickadees in your yard will have a cozy little place to stay. Also, the smaller nature of the birdhouse can provide a safe haven from predators such as hawks, shrikes, and owls.
Angular birdhouses are also very convenient for those without a ton of trees in their yard. Due to their shape, these houses are easily mounted on singular vertical posts.
3. Multi-Story Birdhouses
If you’re looking for a birdhouse that’s a bit more complex, consider the multi-storied birdhouse. Commonly found in two-level varieties, these houses are like an apartment building for chickadees. And this is great news for the chickadees in your neighborhood.
Chickadees are very social birds often living in flocks. By providing multiple levels of shelter, you’ll find that many birds may be attracted to (and find solace) on your property. These also make great houses for purple martins as well as chickadees. There are so many different ways to construct a multi-level birdhouse, but we’ve found a simple DIY solution that just about anyone can accomplish.
4. Coffee Can Birdhouse
Birdhouses don’t have to be very difficult to make. In fact, some of the easiest birdhouses to construct can be built out of a simple metal coffee can and some scrap wood. Not only are these types of birdhouses easy to make, but they can also be very cheap to build.
However, that doesn’t mean these birdhouses are any less legitimate. In fact, these can often make for some of the most versatile birdhouses. They can be hung from just about anywhere and can last a lifetime.
5. Log Cabin Birdhouse
If you’re looking for a birdhouse that has a unique rustic charm, look no further than a log cabin birdhouse. These birdhouses won’t just protect and home the chickadees in your area, but it will look great while doing so.
However, unlike the coffee can birdhouse above, this does take a bit of skill and patience to pull this off. There are many precise cuts that you’ll need to make to piece this together.
6. Birdhouse Planter
So, you’ve got a green thumb? Why not combine your favorite hobby with your desire to have a beautiful birdhouse? With the birdhouse planter, you can have your cake and eat it too. This unique design has two separate enclosures for your chickadees to nest within and a nice planting trough for your favorite flowers.
7. Ornate Birdhouse
Birdhouses can be very simple to craft. But what if you really want a challenge? Then you can always put together an ornate birdhouse! These are the cream of the crop when it comes to birdhouses. Usually, you’ll find these houses for sale, and they can get to be quite expensive.
However, if you have the ability (and the time) to craft one yourself, completion will be a reward unto itself. While some ornate birdhouses have extreme detailing, the plans we’ve provided will give you a gentle introduction to creating more elaborate chickadee birdhouses.
Attracting Chickadees to Your Birdhouse
If you are looking to attract chickadees to set up camp in your homemade birdhouse, you can use additional methods to bring them to your yard. These include setting up a bird feeder and/or a birdbath in a thicket-like area that offers a safe haven for these sometimes skittish birds. Make sure there are suitable perches on your feeders, baths, and the houses themselves, so chickadees can feel comfortable to fly away at a moment’s notice if they smell danger. We hope that you have enjoyed learning how to build a chickadee birdhouse that you and your neighborhood birds will love for years to come.
Once a chickadee family settles into your home-built birdhouse you’ll be able to see them grow and flourish right in your own backyard.
Featured Image: Colin Durfee, Flickr