Building Bluebird Trails and Nestboxes

by Larry Jordan on December 3, 2007

I decided that it would be a good idea to do a short demo for everyone on how to set up a bluebird trail.  This is so important to me that I want to make sure only people who have the time and energy to follow up on their project, and diligently follow the necessary steps to a successful bluebird breeding program, embark on this endeavor.

Watch my video here:

Imagine what this can do for the bluebird population in your area!  Remember that bluebirds, and most bird species, return to the place of their birth to reproduce year after year.

Female Bluebird Feeding Chicks

Female Bluebird Feeding Chicks photo by Kenn

I realize that to make a bluebird trail takes a bit of space but almost everyone can put up at least one bluebird house that may produce 12 to 20 baby bluebirds each season!  That’s right, bluebirds can raise three broods in one season and often raise two when the conditions are right.

To get the most recent bluebird nestbox design that I am using, go to the resources page of my website and download the plan free here: New Alternative Bluebird House

Happy birding!

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Lora December 5, 2007 at 4:52 am

Great, informative video. I did not know that bluebirds like wide, open spaces. Thanks for posting it!!


H. Davis December 5, 2007 at 5:52 am

Good information! Thanks for posting the video. I don’t have time this a.m. to watch it, but I’ve bookmarked you and also given you a Stumble On thumbs up.

Incidentally, my mother’s name was Jordan. FWIW that maternal line comes out of SW Virginia in the late 1700s and migrated into Eastern Kentucky about 1803 or so.

Thanks again for the excellent website!


Jerry December 6, 2007 at 4:25 pm



Susan January 1, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Just a bit of advice.
If there are any predators in the neighborhood like racoons the ledge along the bottom of the box is an excellent place for them to hold onto in order to reach the chicks or eggs.


Heela January 6, 2008 at 2:39 am

Hey Larry,

I went to your blog and looked around.
(I think you are having fun…)
Great video too, matter-of-fact and very easy to follow.

Great resource.



Larry January 6, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Hello Susan,

You are absolutely right about the ledge. I think it is important to note for all readers that you never want to have a ledge or perch on ANY birdhouse as they are only an advantage for predators. This bluebird photo was from Kenn who must not have a predator problem where he lives. He has many great bluebird photos with the birds raising young and the young fledging in peace.

On the other hand, I live where we do have predators and I mount my houses on poles or use predator guards to keep the birds safe.

Thank you Susan for that observation!


Adina January 11, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Larry this is awesome! Beautiful, informative and engaging.


Judie June 24, 2009 at 2:32 am

when i moved up north 13 years ago i had my brother put up bluebird houses for me…i got a pair right away and they are still coming to nest there. my neighbors are jealous as i have the right spot….i moved away 2 years ago and i returned this last spring and they are still there. i love to watch them.


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