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    phillyblues
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    Does everyone here use a baffle on their poles? I was wondering when the best time to put it up would be. I have a bluebird nest on my trail nearby. No eggs yet, but didn’t want to sxare them off by messing with the pole

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Lots of us here use baffles on our poles – this is to discourage/keep away anything that could climb a pole, like snakes, raccoons, etc. Using a slick pole instead of wood to hold the box is also necessary, and the baffle is an extra security. Personally, I don’t have a snake problem but there are lots of raccoons and neighborhood cats in our rural area. Put on the baffle as soon as you can – it will not deter the blues at all. I would think on a trail there might be more snakes than usual, but would depend on the area I guess. Good luck. P.S. The wobbling baffle is the best most believe.

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    David in Stafford,VA
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    Carol is right about the deterrence they offer to climbing predators. This is the one that I have for my nestbox. It is a 24″ x 6″ metal stove pipe mounted about 4 & 1/2′ above the ground. The pipe is 1 & 1/2″ PVC and I cut a hole in the top of the stove pipe cap to fit over to top. I also included a snake trap at the top of the stove pipe made out of several layers 1/4″ hardware cloth with smaller bits of that wire with the metal wires bent down to stab an intruder. A also grease the pole with lithium grease to keep ants and other creatures away. The baffle wobbles on two 2 1/2″ screws.

    David
    Stafford, VA

    #8874
    phillyblues
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    Thanks. I put mine up today while they watched. Then they fought off swarms of tree swallows, so don’t think they were as worried about the baffle…i love tres but they were stressing the bluebirds out

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