Category Archives: Nest Boxes

Cedar Wood Nest Box

Now is a good time to put up a nest box.  It gives birds somewhere to roosts on a night and is ready for Spring when they will use it for nesting.

I’ve been finding out about Cedar Wood Nest Boxes and they seem really good.

  • Cedar Wood Nest Boxes need little maintenance and last a long time
  • Cedar Wood has good insulation properties.  This means cedar wood nest boxes will be warmer.  A warmer nest box is better for the young, newly hatched chicks.
  • A bird that roosts in a relatively warm cedar wood nestbox will be in good condition when Spring arrives and means they willhave more energy to feed themselves and their young.
  • Warmer nest boxes encourage birds to lay their eggs earlier and this gives the clutch a better chance of surviving.
  • No varnishing or preservative treatments need to be used on the nest box.

To find our more click the link below

CEDAR WOOD NEST BOXES 

Cleaning Nest Boxes

A reader has recently asked me ‘
Should I clean out the old nesting materials from the nest box, or just leave it,

The answer is that it is best to clean nest boxes out  This is sometimes not a nice job, but it is an important job. 

  • There may be fleas and parasites inside the box that would infect healthy birds that fly into the nest or, next year could  infect  the chicks that hatch in the box in 2010. 
  • Nest boxes can be important in winter.  Nest boxes are used by birds on winter nights to roost in.  Some nest boxes  have quite a few birds in one box, so it is important to keep the nest box clean and parasite free, as this will help keep birds healthy.
  • After cleaning you should not use disinfectant or flea powders, but  –
  • You can buy special nest box spray.  I use boiling hot water to clean them and then leave them to dry naturally
  • A little amount of wood shavings or hay (not straw) can be put in the bottom of the nest box after it has been cleaned.
  • It is a good idea to wear gloves as it can be a messy job and I heard of someone who found a wasp in the nest box!

It is easier if you have a nest box that opens up.  We did not realise this when we bought our first nest box.  Now,  if I am thinking about buying a nest box I always look to see how it opens.

How you clean the nest box depends on

  • how accessible the nest box is
  • If you can take the nest box down
  • If the nest box opens up.

We manage to take our nest boxes down, but I don’t do it on my own – I get help to get the nest boxes down. 

 I get a pair of old washing up gloves, plenty of hot water and some sort of scrubbing brush / cloth.

It is a good ides to do it now as when the really old weather comes birds may be using the empty nest box to roost and in cleaning the nest box out then would disturb them. 

Birds need shelter from wind, rain, snow and freezing weather – winters can be long and hard for birds.  Some birds stay for 16 hours a day in their roost – which could be the nest box that you bought.

Please get in touch if you have any top tips or have any questions.  Looking after birds is like having pets sometimes isn’t it?

BIRD CAMERA BOX

Am looking into getting a bird camera box. It would be a treat to see the garden birds that come to my feeder actually in a bird box feeding their young!

Have been wondering which bird camera box would suit me best.

Here are some questions I have thought of

Do all bird camera boxes have sound?
Which one is easiest to clean out?
Are there different ways to wire one up?
Do the bird camera boxes come fully assembled
How long is any cable that comes with the bird camera box
How do you connect it to the computer / television. Do you need a special cable, or nail or drill?

I have realised that you can get a bird box camera on its own or a bird camera box complete.

I have found out that there are two ways of wiring them. One is by wireless and the other is with a wire.

CamNest.UK is an online shop that sell bird camera boxes. They do not sell wireless boxes any more though – because of quality picture reasons.

The prices vary as well. This would be a present to myself, so will find out more before I decide which bird camera box to get.

Any advice or knowledge would be welcome.

A nest box attacked by a predator

This nest box has been attacked.

I do not know what type of wood the nest box is made of but it is thinner than the usual nest boxes that I buy.  This photograph was taken last year when it was fine and sunny.

Predator has been trying to get at the eggs or chicks

Predator has been trying to get at the eggs or chicks

 Woodpeckers drill an entrance with their chisel beaks

I think that is what has happened in the photo above.

It’s a case of bird eating bird again.

Squirrels, weasels, cats, crows and great spotted woodpeckers are among the predators of birds.

Our garden birds are subject to attack from ground and air.

I do have other nest boxes that are stronger which have not been attacked.

There are ‘guards’ that can be put over a bird box entrance hole. 

Bird Guardian

 These plastic guards cost £5.99 and these seem a good idea as they stop predators attacking the actual bird box entrance. Take a look at how to purchase the BIRD GUARDIAN

Tough woodcrete nest boxes are very good as predators cannot make the entrance holE larger so they cannot  get to the eggs or chicks inside – which is what has happened in our nest box in the photo

SCHWEGLER 3 HOLE NEST BOX 

Schwegler 3-Hole Box

£23.99 plus delivery charges – it will last years and  as well as giving protection to the birds inside it gives a good insulation which helps chicks in the nest during their vulnerable time in the nest.

To find out all about the Schwegler 3 Hole Nest Box CLICK HERE

National Nest Box Week

It is National Nest Box Week

Many species of birds come into gardens in winter to feed, but in some gardens they cannot stay and nest because there isn’t anywhere suitable for them to nest.

A good idea is to put up nest boxes.  Modern houses are built without  any of the nooks and crannies under the eaves in which birds nest. 

Bird boxes come in all shapes and sizes to suit all shapes and sizes of birds.

The ‘ front door’ opening of nest boxes vary to attract different types of birds.

  • Sparrows like a front door of about 32mm across
  • Blue tits like a front door of about 25mm across
  • When the whole upper half of the front of the nest box is open it can sttract robins and wrens.

It doesn’t matter if you are just casually interested in birds, putting up a nest box is a good idea.  The sight and sound of young birds in your garden will always lift your spirits.

Last summer I watched two small fledgling sparrows sitting on a fence together.  I made me realise that our actions can help birds!

The gardens in this country have an area much bigger than all our nature reserves put together so the ability for us to use our gardens as nesting sites for birds is enormous  so go out and buy a nest box and help the next generation of our British Garden Birds.

Why not take a look at the nest boxes that Garden Bird Supplies have

Why We Have National Nest Box Week

National Nest Box Week is launched every year on February 14th by the British Trust for Ornithology so we can all celebrate National Nest Box Week and buy a nest box now.

The aim of National Nest Box Week is to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes to help our breeding birds.

Some  birds will be looking for nest sites now.

Putting up nest boxes really helps birds and the sight of young birds always lifts the spirits.

Over the years we have put up nest boxes from small ones to barn owl nest boxes.  We thought there was a barn own nesting in the box we put up, but it was a jackdaw!.

But we have had more success with the other nest boxes.  Why not give it a try.

Novelty bird boxes

Beward of novely design birdboxes which do not meet the needs of the birds.

Do NOT buy a nest box that has any sort of perch because –

  • Birds need a safe, clear flight path into their nest box
  • The exterior of a nest box is a dangerous place for birds.  Perches on nest boxes encourage birds to rest outside the nest box and so make it easier for cats and weasels to catch birds.

Buy from a reputable source.

Novelty bird boxes may look nice, but the tried and tested bird boxes give a reliable nesting home to many birds.

Can I persuade you not to buy a novelty bird box?

Why not try this Basic Bird Box for £10.99  and know you are doing your bit for nature!

It is NATIONAL NEST BOX WEEK next week to Pick up a  Proper Nest Box

National Nest Box Week

It is National Nest Box Week  from 14th to 21st  February so why not put up a nest box and help our feathered friends  – it also means you’ll be able to  enjoy seeing wild birds nest in your garden.

I’ve been reading about two types of nest box. 

Click on the headings and you’ll find more information about these two bird boxes.

CEDAR WOOD NEST BOXES  

Needs little maintenance and has good insulation properties.  This is the 26mm hole nestbox.

SCHWEGLER NEST BOXES

a Schwegler  woodcrets, 2-hole nest box.  The shape of the box make it possible for birds to nest out of the reach of predators.  The woodcrete keeps nesting birds warm as it has good insulation.

Why not click  on the links and decide which nest box is best.

Trisha

Nest Boxes for Birds

I think watching birds nesting is very rewarding,  especially if they are nesting in  a nest box you have put up.
It connects us to nature, watching them flit in and out of a nest box.

 Why not make a late New Years Resolution that you will put up at least one bird box this year.

We put two new nest boxes up about a month ago and have seen a bird disappearing into one.  It could be being used as a roost this winter – which I’m pleased about

Here are two tips for putting up and caring for nest boxes –

WHERE SHOULD A BOX BE PLACED?

Fix the bird box two to five metres up a tree or wall, out of the reach of cats
Unless there are trees or buildings that give the nest box shelter, it is best facing between  north and south east.  This avoids strong sunlight and the wettest winds.
Tilt the box forward slightly so that any driving rain will hit the roof and fall clear
 

SHOULD THE NEST BOXES BE CLEANED OUT EACH YEAR

The nest of most birds harbour fleas and other parasites which will then infest young  birds that hatch the following year.

It is best to clean the old nests boxes in October or November.
Use boiling water to kill any parasites.
Insectscides and Flea powders must not be used
If there are unhatched eggs in the box these should be removed.  Legally you can only remove eggs from nests and nest boxes between October and January.
If you place a small handful of clean hay or wood shaviangs (not straw) in the box once it is dray after you have cleaned it then the box may be used during the winter by  or birds for roosting and shelter.

National Nest Box Week starts on 14th February and is sponsored by Jacobi Jayne