Clean out box after first brood?

Home Forums Bluebird Chatter Clean out box after first brood?

Viewing 6 posts - 1 through 6 (of 6 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #4219
    Abbysbirds
    Participant
    • Topics started 1
    • Replies 1
    • Total Posts 2

    Hi,

    I just found your site. I have my first bluebird pair nesting this spring in a new box i put up. I noticed yesterday that the birds had disappeared, and were no longer “dive bombing” at me. So, I checked inside the box and found an empty nest with several fecal sacs on the box walls. Can I assume the young fledged? Should I clean the box and hope they will come back for a second brood?

    Thanks.

    #4220
    tamsea
    Moderator
    • Topics started 26
    • Replies 699
    • Total Posts 725

    Yes,definitely take it out. She’ll probably build a new nest in a few weeks. Do you monitor you box?

    Tammy

    #4227
    Abbysbirds
    Participant
    • Topics started 1
    • Replies 1
    • Total Posts 2

    Thanks! I have only monitored it once.

    #4228
    Lisa
    Participant
    • Topics started 21
    • Replies 613
    • Total Posts 634

    I am so jealous of your self control! I monitor daily until day 13. I’ve had too many things go wrong and I wish I could relax and enjoy more!

    #4233
    tamsea
    Moderator
    • Topics started 26
    • Replies 699
    • Total Posts 725

    Abby, go ahead and monitor it more often because your missing out on quite a bit of fun watching those babies grow. Another reason for monitoring is so that you can find problems quickly that could be fatal to babies and even parents. And you’ll know exactly when thyou bluebirds should fledge.

    Tammy

    #4235
    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
    Participant
    • Topics started 56
    • Replies 605
    • Total Posts 661

    Agree with all above. The fun part of having these bluebirds is to ensure their welfare as they progress from egg to fledgling. Day 12-13 following the hatch should be your cutoff for actually “peeking in” on them to prevent accidental early fledging.

    Let us know when your pair start their next nest.

    David
    Stafford, VA

Viewing 6 posts - 1 through 6 (of 6 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.