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May 18, 2009


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Nancy, I cannot think of a reason not to.

Nancy Gregory

Can I use cedar wood chips? (My husband carves duck decoys, so I have a large supply)

The Zen Birdfeeder

Michele, I do not have House Sparrows in my area so I DO NOT NEED A 1-1/8" PORT PROTECTOR. I have successfully fledged 62 chickadees from boxes protected with 1-1/2" port covers.

michele dascenzo


The Zen Birdfeeder

Sandi, chickadees typically just leave the nest when the last bird fledges and do not return. So if the nest is somehow cleared out, something else probably did it.
Sounds like you should protect this box from predators so next time they don't get in the nest when it's full of eggs or babies. Check out this post for how to protect nestboxes:

Sandi Trogdon

Will chickadees pull the nesting material out of the box when done or does this mean a predator got in?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Rick, most birdfeeding hobby stores carry them in a variety of sizes. We have them in 3 sizes. If you can't find them, contact me off-blog and we'll take care of you.

Rick Gray

I've just built my first nest boxes and decided to try a 1-1/8" hole for chickadees. However, I've heard that squirrels will enlarge the hole to try to get inside in the winter. In your photo, there is a protective device screwed in place over the hole. What is it and where would a person get one?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Bill - you're welcome and thanks for your visit and comment.


Great tip, and interesting behavior. Thanks!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Dawn - good, spread the bird word!
MaineBirder - fun indeed. I'll keep you posted.
Juan - Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Juan Inca

Amazing, really smart, I'm from Peru, I also have my birds, I collect pigeons abandoned in the streets and heal them until can be free and fly, I will follow your blog more often.

Juan Inca


I use cedar shavings in our Chickadee boxes. It's fun watching them "drop chips".

Good luck with the nest!

Dawn Fine

Oh cool..I will pass this info on to friends and fam that have nest boxes!

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