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 video) (view 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 picture we have a window-mounted meal worm feeder for our bluebirds. We sometimes use up to 10,000 meal worms each month during the summer and up to 5000 during the winter. 
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