Many of us have been enjoying feeding the many varieties of birds that come to seed and suet feeders in the winter. It is reported to be the fastest growing hobby for American families and with just a small investment of time and money comes hours of enjoyment for all ages.
Now is the time to think about adding a few bird houses for nesting and cleaning any bird houses you may have already. Clean houses are essential for the health and safety of birds as old nests within the houses attract rodents, insects, fungus, and bacteria that spread through the bird population. Cleaning minimizes the hazard and makes your bird houses more attractive for nesting.
To ensure that your bird houses are as clean and safe as possible for nesting or roosting backyard birds, purchase houses with movable or hinged panels that are easy to clean. Leave clean bird houses up for winter roosting and clean them again in early spring so they are ready for breeding birds. Also clean the post or hook where you have positioned the bird house to remove any pests or bacteria from the area. A few easy tasks ensure a safe and happy home for backyard occupants.