The Benefits of Bird Houses

Why Have Bird Houses?

The birds that visit your backyard are a part of the whole ecosystem. Having a home for your feathered friends adds some interest to your yard and makes sure they will keep visiting. 

the benefits of having a bird house are many.If you attract them to your yard by having bird friendly bird houses, and adding fresh clean water to the yard, they will visit often and bring many benefits to your yard such as:

  • Controlling pests.  Since birds eat insects, they will help to eliminate unwanted pests in your yard and free you from needing to use otherwise harmful pesticides.
  • Weed control.  Birds love to eat weed seeds.  Gardeners do not like to weed. A Win win situation for all!
  • Flower pollination.  There are many birds who love to sip nectar from flowers and help to pollinate. With the bee population diminishing, attracting birds who do this is sure to benefit your garden.
  • Conservation. Birds love native plants.  If you grow these and then attract birds to your yard with bird friendly birdhouses, you will find that your gardening chores will diminish.
  • Property Values. A well maintained home with native landscaping that attracts birds has great curb appeal, which helps with property values. 

Choosing the right bird house is a matter of personal taste.  The come in all shapes and sizes, to match any outdoor decor.  Here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration.  (photos are public domain photos from MorgueFile.)

Blue bird house

A bird house can easily fit your outdoor garden theme.  This blue one will be right at home in a cottage garden.DIY funnel bird house

If you don’t want to buy a bird house, then get out your DIY supplies. A rusty old funnel makes a great top to this DIY bird house.Huge bird house

You don’t have to think small! This monster will be the focal point of any garden!bird house for many birdsThis old rustic bird house is almost a hotel for birds. It will house many birds at one time.

FancyAnd finally, this fancy bird house from our affiliate Amazon has a Dickens look to it.  So cute and less than $18 including free shipping!

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  14 comments for “The Benefits of Bird Houses

  1. 12/07/2016 at 6:01 pm

    I appreciate this article about the benefits of birdhouses. It is good to know that they are a form of pest control. Inviting the birds would help to eliminate unwanted pesticides. Something to consider would be to ensure that the entrance hole is bid enough for desired birds to enter.

  2. 12/19/2016 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve been looking for a gift to give my brother for his birthday. You mentioned that bird houses can attract birds, and those birds often eat weed seeds. My brother despises weeding his garden, so perhaps what he needs is some more birds on his property. I’ll be sure to look for just the right birdhouse that will not only attract birds, but work as a great decoration.

    • Carol
      12/19/2016 at 7:11 pm

      Sounds like a win win idea Dennis!

  3. 01/12/2017 at 12:40 pm

    I appreciate the information on the benefits of having a bird house. I never really thought about the fact that having a bird house could help control pests, it makes sense though since birds eat the pests. My sister has been wanting to put a birdhouse up in their backyard, I will be sure to share this information with her.

    • Carol
      01/12/2017 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Ben. Glad you found the article helpful. Carol

  4. 02/27/2017 at 3:24 pm

    I love to garden, and I absolutely love when birds come to join me in my yard! I didn’t realize that there are so many benefits to having an outdoor birdfeeder or birdhouse. Who would’ve thought that birds could help with weed control as you said? That’s awesome! I will definitely have to look into finding some birdfeeders for my yard!

    • Carol
      02/28/2017 at 9:47 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article Annika. Carol

  5. Mary Cress
    03/07/2017 at 11:24 pm

    I just moved into a Park Model home in Arizona from Minnesota & wanted to attract birds to my new desert home because I love them!

    I’m thinking about a birdbath with a little fountain. Do you think this would be sufficient, or can you suggest a birdhouse for my new lifestyle?

    • Carol
      03/08/2017 at 10:06 am

      Hi Mary, A birdbath will attract the birds since it provides water. I have two in my gardens. But a birdhouse provides food so that would have an extra attraction. It really depends on personal choice and the amount of time spent maintaining them. Birdbaths need cleaning often, and birdhouses need to have the foods added when they run out. Carol

  6. 03/30/2017 at 10:11 am

    I think it is a great idea to have bird houses in your yard! I like the idea that this article pointed out about birds are a part of the whole ecosystem. It’s good for the environment and it keeps your yard more interesting and happy!

    • Carol
      03/30/2017 at 10:16 am

      Glad you enjoyed the article, Pam. Carol

  7. 07/14/2017 at 12:06 pm

    I had never considered pest control as a benefit from having more birds around your home. We have a plight of mosquitos that attack us regularly and would really benefit from a decrease in their numbers. When we remodel our backyard later this year we’ll have to look at getting some birdhouse garden decor that would go with the theme of the area. That way we could get some more birds and less bugs!

    • Carol
      07/14/2017 at 5:06 pm

      Nature does seem to know what it is doing doesn’t it? Carol

  8. 08/17/2017 at 5:54 pm

    I never thought about how attracting birds to your yard could help control pests. Birds are often insectivorous. Birdhouse, but also bird feeders and bird baths all help to attract birds.

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