The reason there are no perches on the birdhouses is that the small, cavity-dwelling birds that use these houses don’t need them; they’ll perch directly on the hole’s edge. But the larger birds (Starlings, Jays, etc) who harass them do require perches. By leaving off the perches, the smaller birds have a better chance of remaining in the house because they aren’t chased off by the larger birds.
However, some people just really prefer the aesthetic of a perch, and some gardens don’t seem to have a problem with bully birds. If that is the case for you, then follow these simple instructions to add a decorative and durable perch to your birdhouse. Other than a drill, no special tools or bits are required. The aluminum on the birdhouses is light enough gauge that any bit will do the trick. I have to say, a small drawer pull makes a very sweet perch.
  1. Take off roof by removing the 4 roof screws (note the front/back direction of the roof)
  2. Mark center of birdhouse approximately 1.5” to 2” below the entrance hole
  3. Drill through front (metal & wood) at mark
  4. Attach a small cabinet cabinet-sized decorative door knob

I’d love to see what you come up with, so send pictures or tag cShoresal on social media!

Prefer printed instructions?

Here’s the card that comes with every birdhouse, just in case yours is missing.