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Robin Birdhouse Plans

Updated on June 10, 2013

The American Robin

The American Robin is such a typical sight in most of our lives it's simple to not pay any attention to them. However they do merit a deeper look. The bird is named after the European Robin. This is mainly due to their red red chest. Even so, the two birds are not closely related.

Robins really are a perennial favorite of a great number of birdwatchers. The appearance of robins at first of-the year is a sign that spring is near. In those days, the birds will begin their hunt for places to construct nests as they begin to plan for raising their young. Unlike other birds, such as bluebirds, robins tend to choose fully-enclosed birdhouses. They very much like open platform-type houses, which give them a much broader field of view in the home.

Anyway, after selecting the nest site, she'll start making her nest from-the inside-out. She'll push sticks and dead grass utilizing the arm of 1 of her wings to produce a cup shape. She'll use all the available resources she can find - including paper, origins, moss, feathers, chain, and the like, to feather the nest. She will then make the nest stronger by packing it with mud and worm castings to produce a durable and secure nest.

Among all of the bird species, robins are among the earliest birds to lay their eggs in the spring. First they find or build their home. Then they set about breeding. As far as location goes, they will usually opt for the low half of a tree. Often, you will find them building their homes in gutters, outside light fixtures, in eaves, and the like. On the other hand, if you choose to build a bird house for them, don't be surprised if they actually choose your structure in lieu of building one of their own.

Robin Bird House Plan Video

Bird Facts About The Robin

  • The adult bird typical ranges from 8-11 inches tall with a wingspan of about 12-16 inches.
  • Robins might have 1-3 effective broods a year, though 2 broods a year is most frequent. Each brood creates 3-5 eggs. And each egg is approximately one-inch long.
  • In the wild, no more than 4-0% of the eggs develop effective hatchlings normally. More over, out-of these small birds, on average only 25-percent survive till November. And from these birds, no more than half will survive to another year.
  • But their populace is considered secure, if such a thing, increasing. The longest living American Robin of record lived to be just over thirteen years. On average, however, in the wild, a robin will live about six seasons.
  • Once complete the nests typical 3-6 inches high and 6-8 inches in length. The small Robins just remain in the home for around fifteen days.
  • Each egg is about one inch long. The eggs are unmarked and a light blue or bluish-green color.
  • As with many birds, hatchlings are generally naked and helpless at birth. Without at least one parent, they have not chance of survival.


Robin Birdhouse Plans

Bird home plans can differ based on which species you want to attract to nest inside your backyard. You will find nest box plans that are particular to wrens, bluebirds, chickadees and a variety of other bird species. Every bird home style consists of a roof, sides and bottom, but depending on the species, the various dimensions will undoubtedly differ.

Birdhouse plans for robins are uncomplicated. In fact, they generally will lead you towards developing much more of a bird shelf than a bird home. For the American Robin this shelf may be placed around the wall close to a window of one's home so they are able to be observed throughout nesting season. Also this shelf may be placed six to ten feet above the ground on a tree or perhaps a post. If Barn Swallows are developing nests below your eaves this bird shelf strategy may be utilized to encourage them to nest away out of your home.

Plans for robins may also be utilized for Barn Swallows as they like comparable kinds of housing.

Building Your Robin Bird House

The bird home strategy ought to not consist of putting a perch around the nest box. Doing so would put the robin and its family at risk by inviting possible predators, like the aforementioned home sparrows and starlings also as raccoons, cats and snakes, into the birdhouse. Additionally, you can further discourage these uninvited predators, you can place a predator guard or baffle beneath the birdhouse. This will help keep pests from climbing up from beneath.

For best results, ensure that you have made holes in the floor and walls to permit for drainage and ventilation. One way of doing this is by cutting a little reduce off every from the corners from the floor. The roof ought to usually be attached at an angle. This helps to eliminate water damage by ensuring that rain and moisture will drain off the structure. The wood used ought to be a minimum of two inches thick. This helps to insulate the structure against both the heat and cold. Do not use chemically treated wood. However, it is ok to paint it as long as you use non-toxic paint.


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