Bird Boxes: Operation Cleaning!
1. First (of course) get the box down from the wall/tree/post and lay it own on the floor. Take the front off the box and place it near by. (always get an mature adult to help you though they maybe hard to find! 🙂)
The bird box
2. When you open up the box there may be a nest or some dead chicks inside. The nest and the dead birds can be put in the compost bin (or whether you feel fit). Any unfertilised eggs can be placed in the compost bin but legally they should be destroyed.
Unfortunately some of the chicks died (blue tit nest)
3. Pour boiling water throughout the box. This can kill parasites likes ticks ad fleas and could affect success rate. Wait until fully dry and put back together again. If you want you can add hay or sawdust though they may take it out or put it in the nest. Tip: do not use straw as it will mould
4. Put it back up and wait for the Spring and see what you could get.
Last spring we had a family of Blue Tits and we saw 4 fledge!
My Top Tips: Bird Boxes
1. Place it in a place where you know it is safe from predators and won't fall off. Another handy feature is near a tree or a natural perch so they can rest on their way in and out. This is good as well when the young fledge.
2. Try using different boxes. For example open boxes are good for Robins and Wrens. Experiment because you never know what could show up!
3. Try a box with a camera. You'll be able to watch the drama of the nest as it plays out! These can be quite expensive though so it would be a good idea for a birthday present or for Christmas.