Bird Feeding Tips
Tips on attracting and feeding backyard birds.
Now, what to do with my nest boxes?
The first thing to do is clean out old nesting materials. On most nest boxes, you can access your nest box by swinging open a front or side panel. If that isn’t possible, your house may have a bottom panel that can be unscrewed.
When all else fails, take a bent coat-hanger, hook the old nesting material and drag it out through the entry hole. Also, make sure all drainage holes are unplugged (another good use for your trusty coat-hanger). Then check for any squirrel or other damage around the entry hole. If the hole has been enlarged, you might check with your local wild bird specialty store for special metal plates that can be put around the hole to prevent further damage.
You can then hose out the box and let dry. Rehang your nest box so your birds have all winter to get comfortable with it or even use it as a roosting box since a number of species are known to huddle together in nest boxes for warmth.