How to Attach a Birdhouse to a Tree Without Damage

Answer

Nesting birds need a warm and safe place to spend the winter and early spring. Birdhouses supply this. If you have birdhouses in your yard, songbirds will be attracted to the area, which you will be able to see from your window. Birdhouses need to be hung on trees that provide shelter from the elements, as well as from foot traffic and bird feeders, in order to prevent damage from the elements. When installing a birdhouse in a tree, extreme caution is required since nails or screws that pierce the trunk of the tree may cause the tree to sustain damage and create scars that make the tree more vulnerable to infestation by pests and diseases.

  1. If you want to view the birds from your window, choose a tree that is in a location where it is easy for you to see it. Do not put many birdhouses in close proximity to one another. For instance, the distance between bluebird boxes should be at least one hundred yards, but the distance between swallow boxes should be at least seventy-five yards.

  2. Find a branch that is between 6 and 20 feet above the ground and hang the birdhouse from that branch. The height at which the home is put is determined by the kind of bird that is desired. For instance, bluebirds want their homes to be at a height of around 6 feet from the ground, but martins like taller boxes that are 15 to 20 feet off the ground.

  3. To prevent the tree from being cut by the wire hanger that is attached to the top of the birdhouse, run the hanger through a piece of rubber hosing. In the event that the birdhouse does not come with a hanger, you may hang the box by inserting an eye screw into the top of the box and threading a length of wire that is coated in rubber through the eye screw. String may be used in its place, however this will result in more frequent replacement of the string.

  4. Put one eye screw on each side of the birdhouse and secure it with two screws. Put one screw at the top front corner, one screw near the bottom front corner, and one screw near the middle front corner on each side. However, the screw shouldn’t be so long that it goes all the way through the wood into the nesting space. It should be just long enough to keep the box in place firmly. The eye has to have a diameter that is sufficient to allow the hook that is attached to the end of the bungee cord that will be used to fasten the box to the tree.

  5. Maintain a firm grip on the birdhouse and brace it against the tree under the branch. Use the hanging wire that has been wrapped in rubber to secure the home to the branch.

  6. Put one end of a bungee cord through the top eye hook of the eye hook located on one side of the house. Wrap the cable around the trunk of the tree, and then attach the other end of the line to the top eye hook on the wall of the house on the other side of the yard. Repeat using a second rope and the two eye hooks located at the bottom. The string should be snug, but not too tight; this will ensure that it does not girdle the trunk of the tree in the event that it is still developing.

    Things You Will Need

    • 4 or 5 eye hooks

    • Rubber hosing

    • Wire

    • 2 bungee cords

    Tip

    It is important to check the cords on a regular basis to ensure that the tree is not outgrowing them. You should cultivate a thorny shrub underneath the tree so that climbing predators are prevented from reaching the birdhouse. If you do not want to screw your birdhouse into the tree, you may instead secure it to the tree by wrapping a cable around the top and bottom of the structure and attaching the ends of both cords together.