Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eastern Bluebird

This female has staked out one of the nesting boxes on my property.  We've been raising bluebirds for over 12 years and generally will see 5 or more succesful hatchings.  I'd guess that at least 75% of them resulted in 6 young.  If you think you have sufficient space I'd recommend putting up a box and wait and see.  I get mine at Lowe's where they cost around $10.oo for the ones made from cedar.  I keep saying I'm going to build some but for that price it's hardly worthwhile.  I put the box at about 7 or 8 feet off the ground and leave about 30 feet of open flight space at the front.  I use aluminum conduit with rebar inside for additional stability and spread a bit of vaseline on the conduit to prevent ants from climbing.  I have a few snakes on the property but I've never lost a nest to them that I know of so I don't bother with guards. 

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