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 Post subject: blue birds
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 3:43 pm 
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my baby bluebired flew the coop today, and i missed it! drat it! i wonder if i need to clean out the nest in order for the pair to nest there again, or if they will re-use the same nest?


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 Post subject: nesting material
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:19 pm 
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Not exactly clear, here's what the national bluebird folks have to say:
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Typically, old nest material is removed when the breeding season is over. New evidence suggests that this may not be the best procedure. After nesting season is complete, some people elect to seal off their birdhouses to prevent unwanted winter tenants. Some people render the boxes unusable by propping the door open. Others leave the boxes as they are and allow them to be used as roosting places for birds, mice, or squirrels. If your nest is soiled with fecal matter, we recommend removing the nest and cleaning the nest box out with a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. If the nest is not soiled, you can choose to leave the nest in place or remove it altogether.


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 Post subject: Bluebird nest
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:50 am 
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Whether you leave the nest in place or remove it, do not close the box yet. Two, three and even four broods can be produced in a year.

The adult bluebirds will continue to feed the young for several weeks after they leave the nest. Offering mealworms is good way to see more of the entire family.

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