How to Build a Birdhouse for Finches

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Use safety glasses when working with wood projects. Avoid painting a finch birdhouse unless it is nontoxic.


Creating the best environment for families is not only important for humans, but also for finches. If you want to build a birdhouse for finches, you must create a safe environment offering plenty of finch-friendly resources to help a family of finches thrive. You can offer neighborly assistance, according to The National Audubon Society, by "supplying some of the materials they seek, such as twigs; short lengths of string, yarn, and thread; cotton; hair brushed from a pet; and sphagnum moss. Leave the offerings in a tray or in an onion net bag hung from a tree." Finches are enthusiastic singers that will add plenty of entertainment to a backyard.

Step 1

Select ¾-inch roughly cut redwood, cedar or even plywood. Rough-cut wood will allow finches to grasp the birdhouse. According to BirdHouses 101, "The ideal Finch birdhouse should have a 6-inch by 6-inch floor, 6-inch inside ceiling and a 1½-inch diameter entrance hole located 4½ inches above the floor and ventilation opening."

Step 2

Birdhouse for finches.

Secure with corrosion-resistant screws the right 6-inch panel to the larger back panel. Attach the floor of the birdhouse to the right and back panel. Add the left 6-inch panel to the back panel and the birdhouse floor. Fasten the front panel with a 1½-inch diameter entry hole 4½-inch above the floor of the birdhouse. Before putting the roof on your finch birdhouse, consider attaching hinges to the roof and then secure it to the back panel. A roof with hinges will allow easy access to your finch birdhouse for cleaning purposes. Add shutter hooks to the roof and side panels in order to secure it.


Step 3

Make sure your finch birdhouse has enough ventilation with ¼-inch drainage holes at each corner of the floor. Drill ½-inch holes at the top of each side panel.

Step 4

Add a security system to your new finch birdhouse by securing a small piece of wood near the entrance to make it difficult for predatory birds and other animals to access.

Step 5

Mount the finch birdhouse on to a high metal pole. Choose a location that is cool and away from a birdfeeder.


Step 6

Attract finches to a new birdhouse by adding a favorite food such as sunflower seeds to a birdfeeder. Fruits such as mulberries and cherries are another appetizing treat for a finch. Plant sunflowers, marigolds, birch trees and zinneas.