South Carolina Bluebird Society
Monitoring Nest Boxes
Being a conscientious bluebird landlord involves more than simply buying or making a nest box and mounting in in a good location. Nest boxes should be monitored at least once a week to be sure that
undesirable competitors are not sing them. They should also be monitored for blowflies, ants, and other parasites, and predator problems. Bluebirds readily tolerate humans monitoring their nest boxes.
They will not abandon their young because humans have looked at or touched them. Bluebirds do not have a good sense of smell, so your scent on their nest will not disturb them. Care should be used in
opening a nest box once the hatchlings are 12 days old, as this could cause them to fledge too early. The nest box should be cleaned out after each batch of babies has fledged. Bluebirds will not reuse
a nest. They will typically produce three broods of three to six young between March and August in South Carolina.
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