How to keep sparrows out of birdhouses?

The sparrows, being highly destructive birds not only badly affect your residential areas but also act as a danger for other birds. If you keep different birds in your birdhouses then you must protect them. This is because the sparrows not only eat the expensive bird’s food but can also kill the other birds. So, protecting the bird’s houses must be your priority to protect the expensive food and other birds.

Now, it is easy to keep the aggressive sparrows away from your birdhouses through the following techniques.

  • Use an upside-down feeder.
  • Regularly monitor the nest boxes.
  • Eliminate the favorite food of the sparrows
  • Place the birds in an open area.
  • Eliminate food sources near the birdhouse.
  • Keep sparrow-resistant boxes  near birdhouses
  • Select a nestbox that resists the entry of sparrows
  • Use a birdhouse with no perches
  • Hang or keep the birdhouse at a certain height
  • Try to use a birdhouse made of PVC material

Prevention of the birdhouses is necessary to avoid any harm to other birds along with food. Otherwise, you can face a loss of your money. To fully understand the implementing process, here is a detailed explanation of techniques for protecting birdhouses.

Use an upside-down feeder:

Keep your birdhouses safe by using birdhouses that seem unattractive to the sparrows. The birds usually love the feeders where they can easily access food and live comfortably. If they feel any discomfort regarding the birdhouses, they leave showing no interest.  

By keeping this situation under consideration, it is recommended to use an upside-down feeder. It is a small-sized feeder with an underneath wire grid. This type of feeder allows access to birds only from its bottom. This type of feeder makes the entrance difficult for sparrows. Moreover, the sparrows feel difficulty in getting food from such upside-down feeders. Therefore, sparrows avoid such feeders for their food and living.

Regularly monitor the nest boxes:

Monitoring the birdhouses regularly is a highly tremendous technique to keep the sparrows away from them. We know that birds can make a nest in any comfortable place they find. The birdhouses are at the top of this list which means that the sparrows mostly prefer the birdhouses for making nests.

If you have a birdhouse on your property then check it daily to make sure that it is free of sparrows’ nests. If you ever find nesting material in your birdhouse then first identify whether or not it is nesting material of sparrows. Sparrows’ nests are made of grass, stalks, grasses, papers, etc. Immediately remove such nesting material from the birdhouse by using a covered hand or a lifting tool. Throw it in a far area and keep an eye on the birdhouse to avoid further nesting by sparrows.

Eliminate the favorite food of sparrows in the birdhouse:

The sparrows always visit the birdhouses to have their favorite food. You can say that keeping the sparrow’s favorite food in your birdhouse act as a welcoming gesture for the sparrows. The sparrows love to eat cereal grains, rice, cracked corn, wheat, and oats.

So, if you keep such type of food in your birdhouses then sparrows will surely visit them. Instead of keeping such food in birdhouses, keep peanuts, suet, and nyjer. The sparrows dislike such food so when they come to eat food, they leave it without eating and fly away. It not only saves your money but also protects the birdhouse.

Place the birdhouses in an open area:

Sparrows mostly visit the area where they can easily find their food. They commonly get food in or near your houses, buildings, warehouses, offices, etc. So, if you keep birdhouses in such areas they are most likely to be occupied by these aggressive sparrows.  The sparrows not only eat the food but also attack other birds to make nests in birdhouses. In this way, they can severely harm or kill the birds.

Thus, to protect both birdhouses and birds from sparrows, place the birdhouses in an open area away from your buildings. It should be at a distance of almost 150 yards from buildings. The sparrows rarely visit such areas because of the unavailability of food. It is hard for the sparrows to find food in these places and hence they commonly remain near the buildings to get their favorite food.

Eliminate the food and water sources near the birdhouses:

Commonly, the presence of food is the only way to attract the attention of sparrows. When the sparrows found a feeder, they regularly visit it for the sake of eating food. If you keep feeders near your birdhouses, then the only way to keep the sparrows away is the removal these feeders. This is because when the sparrows fail to find the feeder, they will visit other places to find food.

You can also place the feeder at a distance from the birdhouses. The main advantage of keeping the feeders at a distance is that the sparrows will not visit the birdhouses after eating from the feeders. They eat from the feeders and go back to their nests. It is an easy method to get rid of sparrows from feeders.

Select a birdhouse that resists the entry of sparrows:

The size and the design of the birdhouses also play important role in getting rid of the sparrows. The sparrows usually love birdhouses with large sizes and large entrance holes. Moreover, the nesting cavities present in the birdhouses should be large. Such birdhouses allow the easy entrance of sparrows and provide a wider space for their dome-shaped nesting.

To make the birdhouse unattractive for sparrows, always choose a birdhouse with a smaller size and entrance hole. The maximum entrance hole of the birdhouse required for the entry of a sparrow is usually 1.75”. The birdhouses with entrance holes smaller than 1.75” resist the sparrow’s entrance. Moreover, if the nesting cavities are small the sparrows could not feel comfortable in less nesting areas. These are enough reasons to make the sparrows leave the birdhouse and find another place to make a nest.

Hang or keep the birdhouse at a certain height:

The height of birdhouses also impacts greatly the sparrow’s presence. The sparrows are the ground feeders and always choose birdhouses present on or near the ground. If you keep the birdhouse near the ground then it is difficult to protect the birds and food from the sparrows. Tus to overcome this problem, always hang or keep the birdhouses at a certain height from the ground.

Keep the birdhouses at least at a height of 5 feet above the ground to make them unattractive for sparrows. It is the ideal height to resist the sparrows. For this purpose, you can hang the birdhouses with the strong branch of a tree after securing them with a hook. Then, pass a strong piece of rope through the hook and tightens it with the branch. This will effectively help you to keep the sparrows away from the birdhouse while ensuring the presence of other birds.

Try to use a birdhouse made of PVC material:

The house sparrows mostly accommodate the birdhouse made of wooden material. Such birdhouses possess large internal volumes which are enough for the nesting of sparrows. So, if you use wooden birdhouses, then eliminate them to ensure the absence of aggressive sparrows.

Instead of the wooden birdhouse, try to use birdhouses made of PVC material. The sparrows avoid such birdhouses because they lack enough volume for the proper nest formation of sparrows. Moreover, such birdhouses usually have a shallow depth that is liked by other birds but disliked by the sparrows. You can permanently prevent the bird’s presence by keeping the wooden birdhouses at a distance from the PVC birdhouses. So, the presence of wooden birdhouses will encourage the sparrows to avoid birdhouses made of PVC material. Thus, it will exceptionally work to get rid of sparrows from birdhouses.


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