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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Well, my pair of blues surprised the heck out of me – I didn’t believe they would build another nest, since it has been 2 weeks since my 5 from previous nest fledged (have at least 4 of the 5 eating worms off my deck now). However, I just checked this afternoon and they have another full nest with nice cup already built. My question – we will be going away this Thursday for about 3 days and it is forecast in the upper 90’s all week. I am concerned about the heat and was wondering if I could/should put on my heat shield now before any eggs are laid. This is the same box as their previous successful fledging, so they are used to the shield, wren guard, spooker, etc. My boxes are all in full sun, so they get very hot! I can wait a couple of days to see if she lays any eggs, but was wondering if I could go ahead & put heat shield on now?????

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    Carol, it should be okay to do it now. I believe that I put mine up after they built the nest several years ago. It would be better now than to risk injuring the eggs after she lays them. Watch to see how the accept. My male bird was right on top of the shield after I put it on the box.

    David

    David
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    dogsandbirds
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    Carol, it’s perfect to do it now, especially since this is not a new pair. I have even given a wren guard to a couple already familiar with it before the first egg.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Gin & David – A HUGE THANKS! It is done – hope I see an egg tomorrow morning before we leave on Thursday – If, so I will put up the wren guard 1st, as there is a pesky one around, but it has its eye on a different box & filling it with sticks right now.

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    David in Stafford,VADavid in Stafford,VA
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    Good luck and have a nice trip.

    David
    Stafford, VA

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    scbarb
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    Hi folks, I’m new to this forum and I got here by way of the old forum where I found a post about a heat shield kit made by one Neil Agile. I’ve searched this forum and YouTube and the web but cannot find anything about how/where to buy the kit. Can anyone help me.
    PS: when I searched inthis very forum for heat shield, I got zero results, and yet there was something on this very post. Is there something I’m not “doing correctly” that I couldn’t find anything? Thanks for your help.

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    River
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    Visit my site (Nestboxbuilder.com) and click on Links. Neil’s website (zbestvalue.com) is the last link on that page. He still sells the kits.

    Fred
    Waleska, GA
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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Well, to update about putting on heat shield prior to eggs. As I mentioned, we left for a few days and the temps were forecast for the mid 90’s, with heat index above 100 degrees. I did put on heat shield (complete nest was built) and when I got home found two blue eggs and hoping for another one this morning (Sunday). But remember, this was for a pair of blues which had just successfully fledged 5 babies from this same box which had spooker, wren guard & heat shield all on, so they were familiar. Not sure I would do this with newbies.

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