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Bluebirds and weasel boxes (PICS) #6878676
05/21/20 07:22 PM
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Northcountry Offline OP
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I've been doing this for years, never heard of anyone else doing it so thought I'd post some
pics.

Its a shame to leave all my weasel boxes in the barn in Spring, when they are eagerly used
by bluebirds, chickadees and wrens around my place.

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-NC

Re: Bluebirds and weasel boxes (PICS) [Re: Northcountry] #6878682
05/21/20 07:38 PM
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Nice

Re: Bluebirds and weasel boxes (PICS) [Re: Northcountry] #6878684
05/21/20 07:43 PM
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The bird smell might make them better weasel boxes too. Good idea!


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Re: Bluebirds and weasel boxes (PICS) [Re: Northcountry] #6878688
05/21/20 07:51 PM
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Good idea

Re: Bluebirds and weasel boxes (PICS) [Re: Northcountry] #6878694
05/21/20 08:01 PM
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So of the old days when 2Poor was around on the weasel threads I was putting the idea out there. Been doing it for 20+ years. The plug that you drill out goes into that end hole and replaces the side entrance in the winter/ summer. It is always nice to have some depth to the hole as the kids grow up and get feed from the parents. As well the depth helps with the second nest attempt as they build up their nest. There is a bot fly that feeds on the second brood that is left over from the first batch which can be devastating on the feet of the young as the larvae feed.

Re: Bluebirds and weasel boxes (PICS) [Re: Northcountry] #6878696
05/21/20 08:13 PM
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In the south central Pa Mounta...
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Thatís cool!


I donít trap because I want to
I trap because I have to
Re: Bluebirds and weasel boxes (PICS) [Re: Northof50] #6878707
05/21/20 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Northof50
Been doing it for 20+ years.


I figured I wasnt the first, I had just never heard of anyone doing it.

In the beginning I was putting a false wall inside, to shorten the
interior length. But that didnt seem to increase attractiveness or
brood success.

If birds were that picky about nest cavities they would have gone
extinct, long before man invented the ruler, saw and hammer.

My boxes are used right around my property so I keep an eye on
them and clean out the nest materials after the first brood.

You can spray some bleach solution in there too, to disinfect and
kill parasites.

-NC



Re: Bluebirds and weasel boxes (PICS) [Re: Northcountry] #6878710
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They must be attracted to the dead weasel musk smell.

Re: Bluebirds and weasel boxes (PICS) [Re: Boco] #6878712
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Originally Posted by Boco
They must be attracted to the dead weasel musk smell.


My boxes smell like Gusto and mouse pee. LOL

-NC

Re: Bluebirds and weasel boxes (PICS) [Re: Northof50] #6878721
05/21/20 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Northof50
So of the old days when 2Poor was around on the weasel threads I was putting the idea out there. Been doing it for 20+ years. The plug that you drill out goes into that end hole and replaces the side entrance in the winter/ summer. It is always nice to have some depth to the hole as the kids grow up and get feed from the parents. As well the depth helps with the second nest attempt as they build up their nest. There is a bot fly that feeds on the second brood that is left over from the first batch which can be devastating on the feet of the young as the larvae feed.

Where is 2poor?

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