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fishin coyote

5 year old buck +
Had a bunch of odds and ends in lumber saved up. So I decided to use it up and build a bunch of new bluebird boxes to replace the rotted/wore out ones on my bluebird trail. While I was at it I added a half dozen oriole feeders and a couple of flying squirrel boxes. The jelly feeders need holes cut in for the cups, eye hooks and painted yet but the orioles don’t typically arrive here until mid April so I got time to finish them.

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buckdeer1

5 year old buck +
I have lots of bluebirds but haven't got them to take to the houses ,any hints
 

TreeDaddy

5 year old buck +
How bout wood duck boxes and swarm traps for bees!!!!

Nice work!!!!!!

bill
 

fishin coyote

5 year old buck +
buckdeer1, I tend to overload an area with boxes depending on the habitat and the competition from tree swallows, house sparrows or house wrens. Sometimes I put two boxes within 6’ of each other especially if there’s a lot of swallows in the area.

TreeDaddy, That was last winter’s build, I just have to get the ladder out and change out the wood chips and the swarm traps are in a stack next to the hives waiting on spring.2722591E-F2E7-4B42-A4F2-919BA690DE8F.jpeg
 

Tree Spud

5 year old buck +
I have lots of bluebirds but haven't got them to take to the houses ,any hints

They eat a lot of bugs & small worms so they need an area where the can ground hunt. They also need places to perch 4'-5' above the ground as they scan for food. Orchards with cut grass is a good spot, fence lines near grassy areas or meadows, I have several on clover plots.
 

Tree Spud

5 year old buck +
One bit of caution. If you have tree tube protectors out, make sure you have netting over the rops of the tubes. As bluebirds like to perch, tree tubes are perfect; however, they can fall into the tube and have no way to escape as they cannot fly.
 

rocksnstumps

5 year old buck +
^^^good intentions but have stopped using netting on tubes with vigorous growth trees. Too many central leaders run into the netting and turn down and grow back into the tube and try to do it again. Ok if u believe no chance of growing out of tube during that year. For me that really only is true for burr oak and plums since slow growth for me but dont plant those any more. I like burr but the slow growth combined with usually acorns earlier than other oaks is bad combo for bears.
 

Tree Spud

5 year old buck +
^^^good intentions but have stopped using netting on tubes with vigorous growth trees. Too many central leaders run into the netting and turn down and grow back into the tube and try to do it again. Ok if u believe no chance of growing out of tube during that year. For me that really only is true for burr oak and plums since slow growth for me but dont plant those any more. I like burr but the slow growth combined with usually acorns earlier than other oaks is bad combo for bears.

Not good intentions, good stewardship.

If you put the netting on correct, only 50% of outer diameter is covered with balance of tube top being open. This will keep songbirds from falling in. Tree stems will still grow out the opening. Once you have a tree leader at the top of the tube, the birds can escape.
 

buckdeer1

5 year old buck +
I buy my wood duck box kits from greggs wood duck boxes,the kits are cheaper than I can buy the wood.I have several blue bird boxes around my orchards
 

rocksnstumps

5 year old buck +
Not good intentions, good stewardship.

If you put the netting on correct, only 50% of outer diameter is covered with balance of tube top being open. This will keep songbirds from falling in. Tree stems will still grow out the opening. Once you have a tree leader at the top of the tube, the birds can escape.
Ok whatever. Btw you put your mask on wrong....
 

TreeDaddy

5 year old buck +
I buy my wood duck box kits from greggs wood duck boxes,the kits are cheaper than I can buy the wood.I have several blue bird boxes around my orchards

Just got 4 in the mail from them recently....... great product

bill
 

TreeDaddy

5 year old buck +
buckdeer1, I tend to overload an area with boxes depending on the habitat and the competition from tree swallows, house sparrows or house wrens. Sometimes I put two boxes within 6’ of each other especially if there’s a lot of swallows in the area.

TreeDaddy, That was last winter’s build, I just have to get the ladder out and change out the wood chips and the swarm traps are in a stack next to the hives waiting on spring.View attachment 33485

Where do you hang your traps?

Any luck with them?

bill
 

fishin coyote

5 year old buck +
I hang my traps along the edges of fields/food plots or gas/powerline right aways and surprisingly in my hinge cuts. Anywhere I’ve know of swarms or have gotten swarms in the past I try to place a trap if possible.

I usually get a half dozen or so a season.

Mike
 

TreeDaddy

5 year old buck +
I hang my traps along the edges of fields/food plots or gas/powerline right aways and surprisingly in my hinge cuts. Anywhere I’ve know of swarms or have gotten swarms in the past I try to place a trap if possible.

I usually get a half dozen or so a season.

Mike
How many do you put out each year?
 

fishin coyote

5 year old buck +
8-10 in most years. I use old deep boxes as my traps and I think that’s what makes them so attractive to new swarms. I always keep a couple of empty hives set up in my apiary which gets me 1 or 2 swarms a year also
 

Telemark

5 year old buck +
Bluebirds love winter berry in my experience. Might help you draw them to your place.
 
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