VIDEO: Tips for Selecting and Installing a Wren House

Choosing a wren house:

  • Choose function over looks
  • Good ventilation
  • Easy to clean
  • Look for hinged back, side or top panel (vs. remove screws) so easy to open and clean
  • No perches—lure predators
  • Cedar is resistant to rot and insects and insulates well
  • Recycled plastic is durable and weather resistant
  • Avoid metal—get very hot

Placing a house:

  • Place out of sight of other houses—(100’) wrens are territorial and will destroy nests of other birds
  • Mount house to pole 5’ off ground or from a tree
  • Place near cover