Abbotsford, British Columbia | Chilliwack, BC | Langley, BC

Cliff and Sherry Jury

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Abbotsford, British Columbia

#13-33324 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2B4

Phone: (604) 852-1960
Fax: -

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Chilliwack, British Columbia

8810-C Young Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 4P5

Phone: (604) 792-1239
Fax: -

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Langley, British Columbia

Willowbrook Park Shopping Centre,
#2-6131 200th Street
Langley, BC V2Y 1A2

Phone: (604) 510-2035
Fax: -

Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Bird Houses

Tips to Attracting Nesting Birds To Your Backyard

When it comes time to choose a nest, birds (like people) have their own ideas of what is suitable. Some, like robins and barn swallows, build their nests from mud and sticks. Others, like warblers and goldfinches, use plant fibers to build a soft cup. And still others prefer a home within holes in trees, fence posts, or other hard substances. These are called "cavity dwellers" and include chickadees, woodpeckers, violet-green and tree swallows, wrens, owls, and some ducks (like wood ducks and hooded mergansers). Although some birds, such as woodpeckers, can chisel their own holes with their heavy sharp bills, other cavity-nesters must find suitable holes for nesting. But as the older trees that are perfect for excavating nest cavities are cut down, natural sites are becoming more and more difficult to find.

One way to solve the nest-site shortage is to provide artificial cavities, also known as birdhouses or nest boxes. Nest boxes have helped boost populations of many cavity-nesting bird species whose numbers were declining; both Wood Ducks and Bluebirds have recently made dramatic comebacks. A nest box on your property will provide a valuable home for birds and enjoyable bird watching for you. Watching fluffy baby birds come to your feeders and begging constantly to be fed is something everyone enjoys watching.


When choosing a bird house it is important that it meets several criteria. First, you must be able to clean it. No matter how pretty, if you cannot open up the box, don't buy it. There should be no perches under the entrance hole. Perches allow the larger predatory birds like crows and jays to reach inside and kill the nestlings. Ventilation holes are necessary to prevent the young birds from overheating on warm days. The roof should have an overhang to prevent an excess amount of rain from entering the box. And, most important, choose a nesting box with the correct size hole for the birds you wish to attract. Birds will choose a box that has a hole sized specifically for them - a chickadee for example will not use a box with a hole that is too large. See the table below for different species requirements.

Woodlink Wren House Chickadee House Flicker House



Chickadee w/predator guard (Made in BC) Swallow w/predator guard (Made in BC)   Heartwood Summer Houses

Of course, there are several styles of functional bird houses that are attractive, just make sure that you can clean them properly!

Heritage Chickadee (Made in BC)

Heartwood Cypress

Chickadee House

Wood Wren House


We will help you figure out which birds that you can attract to your yard and the best way to mount your nesting boxes. By attracting nesting birds you can enjoy the antics of parents and young in your yard.


Floor of Cavity (in)

Cavity Depth (in)

Entrance above floor (in)

Hole Size (in)

Height above Ground (ft)

Chickadee 4x4 8-10 6-8 1 1/4 6-15 Place along wooded areas
Nuthatch 4x4 8-10 6-8 1 1/4 12-20 Place along wooded areas
Wrens 4x4 6-8 1-6 1 6-10

Any partly sunlit spot. May hang from limb or mounted

Tree Swallow 5x5 6 1-5 1 1/2 10-15

Place several boxes together on post or dead tree near water

Violet-Green Swallow

5x5 6 1-5

1 1/4 or 1-3 diamond

10-15 Same as Tree Swallow
Flicker 7x7 16-18 14-16 2 1/2 6-20

Open wooded area on dead trees above surrounding foliage. Fill with wood shavings

Downy Woodpecker

4x4 8-10 6-8 1 1/4 6-20 Same as Flicker. Fill with wood shavings.
Wood Duck 8x10 24 16 4 15

Place facing towards water. Add 4 inches wood shavings. Provide drainage holes in bottom

Other birds like a roosting platform rather than an enclosed nest box.


Floor of Cavity (in)

Cavity Depth (in)

Entrance above Floor (in)

Entrance Size (in)

Height above Ground (ft)

Robin 6x8 8 n/a n/a 6-15

Place in shaded parts of trees or under eaves of house or shed

Barn Swallow

6x6 6 n/a n/a 8-12

Place a number of shelves together under eaves of buildings


Birds can be very picky when it comes to choosing a bird house. Everything has to be perfect for them. The

house must be in the right spot, have the right hole size and, sometimes, just be the right one for them at that time. Placing nesting material by the nest box can sometimes help them make the choice. All birds use the soft animal fur or cotton to line their nests, even hummingbirds! Another trick you can do when you are trying to attract chickadees or woodpeckers to your box is to fill them with wood shavings. Part of their mating ritual is hollowing out their nest so a box filled with shavings is very attractive to them.


Birdie Bell            Cotton Nesting Material      Hummer Nesting        Alpaca Nesting Material 

w/nesting Material                                                                                   

Nesting boxes can also be important for birds during winter. Some birds, like chickadees, will use a box as shelter during cold winter nights. You can offer specially make roosting boxes - these boxes have perches so several birds can take shelter and an low entrance hole that helps to keep out the wind. A nice feature about this type of box, both perches and entrance can be removed or changed so it can be used for nesting season.