Having birds in your garden brings beauty, not to mention the sounds of birds. If you want to keep the birds coming back, one good way is to provide them with a birdhouse. It's even more fulfilling when you make the birdhouse yourself.
A few tips to remember before you start planning your birdhouse:
Rules for building a birdhouse for 4-H Achievement Day:
a. Any 4-H member may participate.
b. Must build and exhibit a nesting box or birdhouse and submit in March or April (prior to Achievement Day)
c. Birdhouse cannot exceed the size of 12” by 12” (this is due to space limitations when transporting them.)
d. No craft kit birdhouses are allowed
e. Cannot submit a birdhouse that was previously entered the year before
f. Scoring: exhibit - 100 pts
Please see the attached "Birdhouse description" file in the "Full+page+fax+print.pdf "for a pattern you can use for your birdhouse. The pattern was taken out of the 4-H project book Forestry and Woodworking. Please remember that you will need to adjust this pattern so your birdhouse will not exceed 12” X 12”. You can also choose to find your own pattern for your bird house.
You can paint/decorate your bird house any way you choose.
Below are the recommended specifications of birdhouses for certain easily-attracted species:
Floor Depth Entrance Diameter Height
of of above of above
Cavity Cavity Floor Entrance Ground
Species (Inches)* (Inches) (Inches) (Inches) (Feet)
Wood Duck 10 x 18 10 – 24 12 – 16 3½ 10 – 20
Purple Martin 6 x 6 6 1 2½ 15 – 20
House Wren 4 x 4 6 – 8 1 – 6 7/8 – 1¼ 6 – 10
Bluebird 5 x 5 8 6 1½ 5 – 10
*Add twice the thickness of the material to be used to the measurement given in this column for two opposite sides.