Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Used nest boxes can be very unhygienic. So next year the birds will not go into these nesting box again. That's why we provide cleaning tips for nest boxes in this blog. This allows birds to build a nest in your nest box every year.
Before the breeding season begins, it is important to clean your nest boxes. Early spring is the final opportunity for bird watchers and nest box owners to inspect and clean their nest boxes. This way, you can enter the breeding season fully prepared, increasing your chances of having a garden full of whistling birds in the spring. Old nest remains from the previous year may still need to be removed, or there may be traces of use by birds during the winter. Inform your customers about the benefits of cleaning nest boxes and provide them with the necessary tools.
Clean used nest boxes
Take the box out of the tree, fence, or wall. Using the hook and/or hinge, open the box's side, front, or roof.
Put on gloves and clean out the nesting box of the old nest, nesting material, old twigs, and droppings. A shovel can be used to easily empty the nest box.
Make sure all parasites and pests are dead, you can do this by pouring boiling hot water (no soap!) through the nest box. Wipe and scrub all remaining dirt out of the nest box with hot water and a hard brush.
If there is still stubborn caked-on material, a scraper can be used to remove it.
All the cleaning work is done. Now it's time to let the bird house dry. With a wooden nesting box, this may take a little longer.
Hang back the cleaned nesting boxes
When the nesting box has completely dried, it is time to rehang it. If the hive has been unoccupied for two seasons, return it to its original location or choose a new location at least 1.5m high.
Hang the nesting box from the tree
Do you want to hang the nest box from a tree? Then be careful when using nails, we recommend using tree-friendly nails made of aluminium. Rusty metal or copper nails can damage trees.
Hang the empty nestbox back up
The cleaned box should be returned to its original location. Birds prefer to gather their own nesting materials from the wild or the garden. That doesn't mean you can't help birds find natural nesting material. Put down natural nesting material, such as the fluffy nesting material from the kapok tree, for example. In addition to being a feeder, the green spring steel reservoir with roof serves perfectly as a kapok nesting depot. When the nesting material runs out, simply refill it.