4 DIY Chickadee Birdhouse Plans You Can Build Today (With Pictures)
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.
The 4 DIY Chickadee Birdhouse Plans
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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.
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