Best Bird Houses for Your Garden and Porch

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 6, 2018
Spring starts with sweet birds singing, and to welcome feathered singers to your garden, yard, or porch, you need a comfy little house for them to nest in. We have reviewed five best bird houses on the market for you to choose the one that suits you best. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

Boasting a vintage shabby look that will add a special charm to your backyard or porch, this two-story birdhouse is large enough to shelter two bird families at once. It has a removable panel to make yearly cleaning a breeze.

CONS

Feathers or pieces of straw might fall through the gaps between the panels.

OUR VERDICT

Equipped with two 1" bird holes, this apartment-style house is perfect for smaller species. It is easy to mount on a tree thanks to a sturdy metal hanging ring. The item is made of robust wood and is perfect for both outdoor and indoor use.

detailed parameters
USE

Indoor/Outdoor

SIZE

14.25" x 5.25" x 4.75"

MATERIAL

Wood

EXTRAS

2 x 1" holes, 2 sections, 2 standing posts for birds, Removable clean-out panel, Metal hanging ring 

WARRANTY

30 days

PROS

This Woodlink model has a front panel with a latch that is easy to open for annual cleaning. This kind of design allows you to peep into the house to watch the nesting process without disturbing the birds.

CONS

You will need a screwdriver to affix the unit.

OUR VERDICT

Made of red cedar, a natural weather-resistant material known for its insect-repelling properties, this made-to-last bluebird birdhouse is approved by North American Bluebird Society. Its simple elegant design will suit any garden style.

detailed parameters
USE

Outdoor

SIZE

11.75" x 7.125" x 6.25"

MATERIAL

Red cedar

EXTRAS

1 1/2" hole, Drain hole at the base, 4 x 2" zinc plated screws included, Easy-to-open clean-out panel

WARRANTY

30 days

PROS

Well-thought-out to the tiniest detail, this cheerfully painted birdhouse looks like a miniature country house. It has arched windows decorated with flower boxes, a staircase leading to a porch, and even firewood logs under the porch.

CONS

If you use the item outside, white elements might get soiled.

OUR VERDICT

This Cartman hanging birdhouse is an awesome gift idea for any nature lover or voted birdwatcher. Made of wood and painted with water-resistant paint, it is recommended for both indoor and outdoor use.

detailed parameters
USE

Indoor/Outdoor

SIZE

9.1" x 7.1" x 7.1"

MATERIAL

Wood, Metal

EXTRAS

1 1/4" hole, Sliding door on the back, Hanging cord, Standing post for birds

WARRANTY

30 days

PROS

This cute decorative birdhouse is made of polyresin, a unique material that's as hard as stone when heated. With that, items made of this material won't break even if you accidentally drop them; temperature-resistant, durable, and beautiful, they will serve you for years.

CONS

Its clean-up plug could be more convenient in use.

OUR VERDICT

Just like the inscription over the door says, this Dawhud Direct birdhouse will welcome birdies to your backyard. This marvelous hand-painted accessory can enhance your garden, porch, or indoor design.

detailed parameters
USE

Indoor/Outdoor

SIZE

6" x 7" x 4"

MATERIAL

Polyresin

EXTRAS

1 5/8" hole, Removable clean-out plug on the bottom, 18" hanging cord, Standing post for birds

WARRANTY

30 days

PROS

The package includes 4 paint pots and a brush so you can not only make a birdhouse but decorate it with your own hands. Engaging your kid in a building or/and painting the house will help you to cultivate a love of nature in them.

CONS

It is pretty lightweight so it might swing in the strong wind. 

OUR VERDICT

The Toysmith wooden birdhouse is equipped with everything you need to assemble and decorate the unit. A robust hanging chain will help you secure the item to a tree. A removable roof makes annual cleaning as easy as possible.

detailed parameters
USE

Indoor/Outdoor

SIZE

6" x 4" x 7"

MATERIAL

Wood

EXTRAS

1 1/8 inch hole, Removable roof, Standing post;

The kit includes 7 wooden panels, Nails, Hanging chain, Hooks, Glue, Paint (4 colors), Brush, and Building instructions

WARRANTY

30 days

Carson 63282

For Two Bird Families

This cute two-floored bird house was designed for both outdoor and indoor use. It has two bird holes, one for each floor; neither its rooms nor the holes are too large, but they are just perfect for smaller birds, such as wrens or chickadees. The "lodging" is equipped with a removable panel on the back, allowing you to clean up the house as needed. Featuring distressed paint finish, the item has a charming vintage feel. On its front, there are six panels painted in different colors: white, green, yellow, black, blue, and red, with narrow gaps between them made for proper ventilation of the dwelling. Under the yellow panel, there is a floor of the second store/ceiling of the first floor, dividing the house into two comfortable apartments. The unit comes fully assembled. It features a reliable metal hanging ring so you can mount it on your porch wall to add it a homey look and feel or hang it on a tree to make your garden even a more cheerful place, filled with birds singing.

Summing up, this vintage birdhouse is perfect both for attracting winged tenants and for decorating your outdoor space.

For watering flowers and plants in your beautiful garden, we recommend you to get one of these wonderful watering cans.

Review of Carson 63282 Home Accents Vintage Tall Birdhouse

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Woodlink BB1

For a Family of Bluebirds

If you want to become a bluebird landlord, the Woodlink BB1, specially designed to welcome these beautiful birds in your garden and approved by the North American Bluebird Society, is just what you need. The house has a 1.5" hole, ideal for eastern bluebirds, a 0.5" ventilation gap at its top, and a drainage hole at its base. Made of reforested red cedar wood, it boasts weatherproof and insect-repelling properties. No nails or staples are used for assembling the unit; the manufacturer has used rust-resistant screws, which makes it an excellent outdoor birdhouse capable of withstanding temperature changes.

It is known that bluebirds are likely to use the same nest for the next brood, so the item is an excellent choice if you are looking for a durable birdhouse your winged friends will come back to again and again. For hustle-free annual cleaning and monitoring of the nesting without disturbing the birds, the unit is equipped with an ergonomic easy-to-open front panel. Just keep in mind that you should not open the box after the 13th day after the chicks have hatched to prevent them from leaving the nest and flying away too early. In a word, the Woodlink bluebird house is a marvelous choice for al devoted birdwatchers and nature lovers.

Review of Woodlink BB1 Wooden Bluebird House

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Cartman BH001

Charming Country Style

This Cartman colored birdhouse can become a comfortable dwelling for a family of nature's singers. With its arched windows and flower boxes, a staircase, railings, and patio, it looks like a real country cottage. A cute round attic window doubles as a bird hole; it is 1 1/4" in diameter which suits various species such as white-breasted nuthatch, tufted titmouse, and more. Under the hole, there is a perch for the cottage dwellers and guests to sit on. Annual clean-up is not a problem at all thanks to an ergonomic door on the unit's back. You can hang the birdhouse on a tree in your backyard - it has a handy rope hanger on its roof. Wherever you place it, the unit will add a romantic touch to your interior.

In a word, boasting a bright cheerful design, this country cottage Bird House is a perfect accessory to brighten up your patio, backyard, or garden. It is also a wonderful gift for anyone who loves birdwatching and lovely decor items.

One more stylish and functional decor element is a fire pit. While serving to embellish your garden making it a nice and warm place to rest at, some of them even come with a grate for cooking grilled food.

Review of Cartman BH001 Colored Country Cottages Bird House

 

Dawhud Direct DHA-583

Beauty that will Last

Just look at this hand-painted birdhouse with its beautiful design and colorful details! This wonderful model with a tiled roof and wooden walls, decorated with bright flowers and a beautiful butterfly, will perfectly blend with any indoor or outdoor interior. Whether you use it as a decorative birdhouse or offer to welcome feathered guests to your garden, it will serve you for years. It is made of polyresin, a unique material that allows creating fascinating adornments and, at the same time, is weatherproof and durable, just like the paint it is painted with. The unit is equipped with a plug that can be removed for easy cleaning; under the hole, there is a standing post for the birds staying in the house. The item is not too large in size and it has a 1 5/8" hole which makes it a good option for smaller birds. An 18" long cord attached to its roof allows you to hang the birdhouse on a tree; you can also mount it on the wall in your living room. This Dawhud model is also a great thing to give as a present. If you are looking for more gift ideas, we recommend you to look through our salt lamps and lava lamps reviews. These accessories will help create a special atmosphere at home.

Review of Dawhud Direct DHA-583 Decorative Hand-Painted Bird House

 

Toysmith 2953

Build a Birdhouse

A wonderful way to cultivate love for nature in your kids is to engage them in making a little house for birds to live in. The Toysmith 2953 comes with all parts your child will need to build and decorate a wooden birdhouse; the kit includes 7 wood panels, nails, glue, a hanging link chain, as well as four paint pots and a brush. Assembling the unit is a piece of cake because all the wooden parts have predrilled holes on them, besides, you will get detailed instructions with the purchase. This model is recommended for kids of ages 5 and up. Under your supervision and with your help (if required), children will have a wonderful time building and painting the birdhouse. As the unit is assembled, it can be hung on a tree with a reliable hanging chain. The roof of the dwelling can be removed for easy cleaning; on the outside, there is a comfy perch for birdies to sit on. The only downside that this hanging birdhouse has is its somewhat small size; featuring a 1 5/8 hole, it only suits smaller birds like wrens. However, some consumers use it for decoration purposes or even put a security camera in it. In any case, your child will have a great time building this pretty house and painting it to their own liking.

Review of Toysmith 2953 Wooden Bird House

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What Is a Bird House?

There are many benefits of attracting wild birds into your garden. Their sweet singing calms your mind and brings joy to your soul. Colorful and cute as they are, these little singers are fun to watch. There is also a practical advantage: birds eat bugs, which helps to protect plants and trees and keep your garden healthy. To welcome these wonderful creatures into your backyard and provide them with a safe place for nesting, we recommend buying a bird house. For a comfortable use of the future lodgers, bird houses may vary in size and shape depending on what species they were created for.

Today, there is also a wide selection of decorative birdhouses that can be used to enhance your indoor and outdoor interior. Many of these beautiful items will attract birds, however, you should keep in mind that the best material that will protect the "lodgers" from both heat and cold, is wood.

To attract winged singers in your backyard, we also recommend you to get a bird feeder. Pet birds owners may be interested in our bird cages review.

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2. Melissa Mayntz Birdhouse Hole Sizes, The Spruce. February 15, 2018.

3. Guide to Building and Placing Birdhouses, ADF&G.

4. Nesting and Roosting Boxes for Birds, WDFW.

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6. Nestboxes and Birdhouses, TPWD.

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Publish Date: 2018-04-06 08:55:22