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Thursday, April 23, 2015

How to keep snakes out of bird houses

We just had a snake kill at least one and attempt to kill the second hatchling. I have barb wire wrapped around the pole but I allowed a nearby tree to grow too close to the birdhouse. I cut back the tree but I think that I should move the birdhouse. Should I do that right away? Any suggestions about how to keep the snakes out? 

I'm sorry you've had such a traumatic start to the nesting season. Location is very important part in protecting bluebird houses. Never locate a bluebird house near or underneath a tree limb where snakes, cats, raccoons and other predators can drop onto the house from above.

Predation of the eggs and young birds will be minimized greatly by pole mounting your house in an open, grassy field edge or lawn area away from trees. Place the box about 5 feet off the ground on a wooden or metal pole.

Our Advanced Pole System (APS) Bluebird Pole works great for most nesting boxes. Add an APS raccoon baffle and the house is protected well against most predators including snakes climbing the pole. We have baffles that also go around 4”x4” wooden poles.  

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