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CHRISTY'S BLUEBIRD PROJECT

DO NOW

Things To Do Now To Get Ready For The Birds!

"If we do all we can now to have a successful breeding season, then we won't have to wish we had later."
 
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  1. Have you made all the fixes and changes to your boxes, pole, and guards?
  2. Are your boxes in place, and placed where you  believe you will get the best results?
  3. Take care of any future problems you can now. Such as getting rid of any Red Ant mounds in the box area.  Do you notice any House Sparrows in your area?  Be aware you may have to trap them, or trap them now.
  4. Do you need to start or finish your Bluebird reading or videos?  Do your Homework!
  5. Help friends or others with their getting ready for the nesting season.
  6. Start growing your Mealies now!  You will wish you had later.***Growing them is so easy to do.
  7. Start saving your egg shells; the birds need extra calcium.  Wash and dry them good.  You then will put in your box areas these egg shells; for the birds to help strengthen their eggs.  ***I have been saving egg shells everyday from work.  I have to admit it is not a lot of fun washing them out.  I let them air dry.  Then I put them in a plastic bowl and crush them with the bottom of a glass.  This works nicely.For my Monitors, if you want add boxes, of course you can, and you do not have to use a predator guard.  Watch them for any differences. They will need to be numbered, and you will also keep track of them, on paper.  If a bird gets inside one of your boxes you might want to transfer a predator guard from another box to the one that has birds, but no guard.  Do let me know if you have new boxes so I can add them to your records.
  8. Ask or e-mail me with any questions you might have.  I am always available.
  9. Some find that putting a length of dark blue ribbon or plastic in the box area, helps attract the Bluebirds.
  10. Maybe for your first year, you should not place boxes too close to your houses, or where we hang out, or the bird feeding areas.  Try to get the boxes out in the open to be seen.  Is there a tree for the babies to fly to directly to when flying out the hole?
  11. When you check the boxes, get out spider webs, and the frogs.  Remember to look up to see if a Wasp nest has been started, and if so just scrape it out.