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    phillyblues
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    I am wondering what everyone’s thoughts are on these houses. I am trying to maximize my chances of getting bluebirds. Is there a type of box you find attracts them more than others?

    Ark Workshop Slot boxes

    Is there still time to get bluebirds? I hear them and see them every so often, but no takers yet!

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Philly Blues – have not had any experience with this slot box – but in my opinion the area in which the box is located is more important than what type of box it is. I know everyone has their favorite – but I have 4 boxes (only two are the same type) and I have had blues lay eggs in all boxes. Their first nest of the year is usually always in the same location, then they move on to another favorite one. Your picture of the slot box seems to have a very small floor, – I guess the idea is that they build a little taller nest than usual. I believe their is time for another nesting, but it is getting very close (don’t know your location) to being over for most locations.

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    I used a similar one about 5 or 6 years ago ( believe it had a little larger base) as a second box. Never had blues in it though. Chickadees once and wrens/HOSP the following year. Took it down and went back to the NABS.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    dogsandbirds
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    When I get a new box it’s going to be one of these: http://nestboxbuilder.com/nestboxbuilder-products.html#xbox

    IMO, slot boxes are way too attractive to HOWR. They love those wide spaces that make loading sticks easier.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    phillyblues
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    Well today was my super bowl day. A pair of bluebirds showed up and were in and out of my box! Beyond excited. This is in ncredible. I hope they stay!! I watched them in mu yard for about an hour around 1:00 and then they left for the rest of the afternoon.

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    tamsea
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    I’m not fond of those that slant in at the bottom. Not enough nest space. And sometimes the nest falls out when you open it.

    Tammy

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    Rich KRich K
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    I have had a slot box and had Blues every year. Usually two broods. I have never had HOWR even put sticks in mine!! However the HOSP’s are an issue and you can’t use the Van Ert on a slot box. Luckily I have become a really good shot with my pellet gun!! LOL!!!
    I have also had Blues in my Gilberston’s box but not the past two years. I think there is too much shrubbery around it now so I am going to cut it all back this Fall and hopefully get them in it again. HOSP’s don’t seem to like the Gilbertson’s but I have had Chickadee’s in it which of course is awesome!

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    DanaDana
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    Hi phillyblues,
    I’ve had a slot box for the past 4 years and have had bluebirds successfully fledge babies from it every year. Have never had a problem with HOSPs or wrens so far. Our yard is adjacent to an open field that’s kept mowed. And the nest box is out in the open as well. Reasons I like the slot box: Adult birds seems to have an easier time entering and exiting the box without trying to wiggle thru a round hole, the slot opening allows for more ventilation on hot days. I have also witnessed both the male and female bluebirds entering and exiting the box at the same time when feeding the babies — one bird goes in while the other exits. This cannot be done with a round hole box. And in the event if there ever is a HOSP attack the slot box allows for the adult bluebirds to escape.

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    dogsandbirds
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    I agree that the slot is a good escape from HOSP. I don’t have HOSP but sadly I do have HOWR. They are the reason I never use slot boxes with the exception of my CARW box. That one has a HUGE slot and they do love it but I have to be vigilant when both species are nesting. No HOWR allowed…ever.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    DanaDana
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    I totally agree Gin if you have HOWR around the slot box would not be a good idea.

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