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For bluebirds as for as predators - raccoons, snakes, and probably cats are the biggest problem. I put my boxes on post where I installed a baffle, but not sure if you can find one. You might could make a baffle out of sheet metal or an old stove pipe. I occasionally get wens taking over the box. The hole is too small for starlings. If house sparrows start to build a nest in the box, generally the male will put a few sticks in the box then set on the top singing to attract a female. I place a small mouse trap in the box and it catches his leg, but can't get the trap through the hole. I open the box and release it. For some reason it decides this isn't a friendly neighborhood.

As for the number of boxes - I would say 3 or 4, but don't put the too close together because they will fight.

I placed mine about 5 feet off the ground and if possible not facing the south and west because of the evening sun shining in the hole. I either drill a 1 1/2" hole or overlapping 1 3/8 in holes - that is what I did with the latest batch. I also make it so one side pivots so I can clean the box. I generally wait until around Thanksgiving to clean the box out. I can make two boxes out of a 1 by 6 by 10' board. These are made of poplar. I leave the inside unfinished, but paint the outside to make them last longer.

I do not have plans. Like I do most of my stuff, I wing it. Malcolm / Kentucky USA

Oh, on the side that pivots, that side has to have clearance at the top for it to swing open, have to have a place at the bottom for you to get you fingers on it to open and it has to be loose enough for it not to bind.
Thank You Malcolm for the info. I will make a couple and some baffles to see if we can get some to hang around the yard.
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Bluebirds are very common around here in Auburn, Georgia. There is still quite a bit of land used for pastures and often you'll see Bluebird Houses on the fence posts. As Malcolm stated (quite correctly), the houses shouldn't be too close together - because males are very territorial.
Bluebirds are unique in that fledglings from clutch number one stick around and help Mom and Dad to raise the hatchlings from clutch two and so forth.
Bluebirds are quite alert and observant. I have been raising mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) for many years in my basement. The primary purpose is to feed to Bluebirds. Since I've had large collections of reptiles, I have a nice assortment of cylindrical ceramic bowls. It's an easy matter to place about a dozen of the larvae in one of the bowls and simply sit it in the yard and watch the Bluebirds of the neighborhood devour them.
I've been making houses for Bluebirds for at least 50 years and some of them last 12-15 years. It's best to NOT put a perch on them! The ideal hole size is 1.5" diameter. Many types of wood will work - left raw is best. After a large project several years ago, I had a lot of Brazilian Cherry cut-offs. I made a few Bluebird houses from that! Several are still out there - 14 years later! Also, as Malcolm stated - don't face them south or west or you will be disappointed!

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I've got just over an acre, loads of trees, on a loop road about a mile out of a small town. Humming birds, wood peckers, blue jays, cardinals, humming birds, a hawk that landed on top of my car to survey the territory, a hawk that grabbed something about 15 or so feet from my shop door (I saw it out the door) - that one didn't make a sound, silent death, just one whoosh from its wings when it took off - awesome. But I don't recall seeing even one blue bird, if I ever did sure can't remember. Maybe it's all the trees.
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Otis, I am always glad to hear from you. I come down that way once or twice a year.
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You didn't say where in the US that you live. I think the Eastern bluebird pretty much any place east of the Mississippi from Florida to Canada. I have a lot of trees, but that don't seem to stop them. I've had them in my yard for at least 25 years.
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Thank You Malcolm, I'm fairly easy to find. You can just stop anyone along the way and ask where does Jericho live?
They will point you to the right house!

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