About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Nest pulled out of birdhouse

I woke up today and my birdhouse has all the nesting material hanging out of the door. Does that mean the babies have left the nest?
Unfortunately it is probably a sign that a raccoon has raided the house, stealing all the eggs and removing most of the nest. Leave it for a couple days. If it wasn't destroyed totally, the birds might repair it. But more than likely the birds will move on to find a safer nesting location.
Bird Guardians

How to make your house safer: 
- Keep houses at least 100 feet away from a bird feeder. 
- Mount your bird house on a pole and at least 10 feet away from any structure that a cat or raccoon could jump from.
- Use a baffle around the pole to prevent them from climbing.
- A roof that over hangs the front of the birdhouse at least six inches will prevent cats and raccoons from reaching inside from above.
- Extending the entrance with the Bird Guardian or a 1" block of wood around the entrance hole prevents squirrels and raccoons from bending their arm to reach the nest.

Related Articles:
Common Bird House Problems http://bit.ly/wrWzyN
Which Way Do You Face a Birdhouse? http://bit.ly/AD43TW
Poles to mount your birdhouse http:/poles-to-mount-house.html
When do birds begin nesting? http://bit.ly/wbJ3kE
DO NOT Collect Dryer Lint for nesting material! http://bit.ly/wC5HcO

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