Friday, March 11, 2011

#41 Backyard Tip: Clean out Nest Boxes

As the winter months draw to a close, and the weather warms up, birds begin to search for places to nest. Some, such as Bluebirds, do so early in the season, as they will raise multiple broods. If you host bird houses in your yard, late winter is the best time to clean them for the upcoming nesting season.

Scoop out all old nesting material to ensure all parasites and mold are removed. Scrape off any beehives that might be attached to the house. Parasites and bees can kill baby birds.

Clean your birdhouses BEFORE the birds begin looking for a nesting site. Otherwise, your activities may disturb and discourage them from using that birdhouse.
photo © adrian binns

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