Swallows in Bluebird House
Hello Susan, I was wondering if you can answer a
question for me. I built a bluebird house and hung it up near my garden. Swallows have taken to it and unfortunately there are dying in it. I don't care that the swallows are attracted to it -both birds eat bugs. But, the swallows get in and apparently can't get out. I noticed it when I was in the garden and I heard knocking from inside the bird house. I looked inside and 4 dead and 1 alive swallow. After opening the house the one flew away. Can you give me some help with this? I want the birds for the garden but have taken
the house down since the swallows are dying in it.
What a sad story! Swallows usually prefer nesting platforms. What is the size of the hole of your birdhouse? Hopefully someone can give us some suggestions. Susan
I think I may have solved my problem. I put a predator guard on the outside of the house and lowered it to just about 5 1/2 feet off of the ground. No swallows are even going near it and there are a few bluebirds looking to rent. I think it may be a little late for them to move in but we'll see.
Thanks for your help.