A word about our Bird Houses
We started years ago with the round-hole bird house and were
successful in attracting bluebirds. However, several predators,
including other birds, caused us to look for alternatives. We
discovered the slotted bluebird house, which has been the good
solution for us. Because of the slotted opening and the very shallow
depth of the bird house, virtually no other birds will nest there.
Two years ago, a predator, a cat, did raid the slotted bird house by
climbing the wood mounting pole (watch
still pictures). Fortunately, all of the eggs
survived and hatched. We solved this predator problem, to a large
extent, several years ago by placing a
six-inch PVC pipe over the wood mounting pole. Because PVC is hard
and slippery, cats, raccoons, and most other predators canít climb it. We even painted it
brown to match the wood of the bird house. However, some predators
are able to defeat our predator baffle by jumping on the birdhouse
from nearby trees. That is virtually impossible to control. As for
wrens and other bird predators, there is little that can be done
other than using the slotted birdhouse. Most other birds tend not to
enter or use this type of short, slot entrance birdhouse. This slotted house has
worked well for us for more than five years; three or four nests are
frequently produced each year. Some years, the same pair of
bluebirds will alternate between the two houses in the same season.
However, most of the time, they will select the slotted bird house.
We highly recommend the slotted bird house for the bluebirds
Ė and a meal worm feeder nearby to keep the bluebirds in the area.
As you can see by the
we have a window-mounted meal worm feeder for our bluebirds. We
up to 10,000 meal worms each month during the summer and up to 5000 during the