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.
- Take off roof by removing the 4 roof screws (note the front/back direction of the roof)
- Mark center of birdhouse approximately 1.5” to 2” below the entrance hole
- Drill through front (metal & wood) at mark
- 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!