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Old Saturday 16th February 2019, 14:44   #1
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Bird box hygiene

Hi there folks!
Im a bit of a newby at all this bird box landlord position and am concerned that I keep prospective guests comfortable, safe and pest free although fear I may have missed the boat on being able to go near it.
I had blue tits in residence last year but havent seen any birds near it at all yet this year, which I was over the moon about!
Can anyone advise me whether its better now to leave it and allow the next folk in there to spring clean or can I try and make the place a little more appealing and cosy for them at this stage in the game?
Thanking u in anticipation
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Hi there Caroline and a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here at BirdForum

We're glad you found us and thanks for taking a moment to say hello. Please join in wherever you like

As to your nest boxes, at the end of breeding season, I always clean out my boxes which causes no problems whatsoever when breeding season starts again
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Old Saturday 16th February 2019, 15:04   #3
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Hi Caroline and a warm welcome from me too.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I hope to hear about all the birds you see when out and about.
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Old Saturday 16th February 2019, 19:03   #5
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hi caroline, it's still early enough to clean out your nest box, more beneficial for the new tenants too
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Hi and welcome Caroline. I agree with andm, there is still plenty of time to clean out your nest box. One year we took ours down in winter and forgot to put it up until early April. Within an hour two Blue Tits found it and we heard their excited calls. They were leaning forward looking at the nest box hole and both had raised their crown feathers and had loosened their wings and were positively vibrating with excitement. They soon set up house and they brought off a full brood of young ones. We guess they hadn't been able to find an untenanted nest hole and so were knocked out when one suddenly appeared out of nowhere.

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Hi Caroline

I've now moved your thread to the Nest Box forum, where others with the right knowledge will be able to see it and offer their thoughts too.

I see you're subscribed to the thread, so you should be able to find it easily.
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