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BestNest.com Newsletter
October 28, 2008

The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard wildlife and outdoor activities as well as information on new products and specials. We will never sell your email address, and you can stop receiving our email newsletter at any time.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Sales & Specials
  • New at the Nest
  • Off Season Martin Maintenance


Sales & Specials
We've decided to run a special on a handful of products. Act now on the following "Hot Buys" because the special ends on Monday, November 10th.



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Achla Ash / Seed Bucket with Solid Brass Handles, Black
ACD-ASH-02
Reg: $74.99
Sale: $57.99 thru 11/10 EST
Free Shipping Over $75




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Allied Precision Pond Breather, 40 Watts
API-8PB
Reg: $89.99
Sale: $67.99 thru 11/10 EST
Free Shipping Over $75




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BestNest Triple-Celled Bat House, 250 bats
BN-BAT250
Reg: $57.99
Sale: $47.99 thru 11/10 EST
Free Shipping Over $75




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Cal Pump Direct Drive Waterfall Pump, 5500 gph
CAP-PW5500
Reg: $299.99
Sale: $144.99 thru 11/10 EST
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Droll Yankees Jagunda Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder w/Auger
DY-JG-A
Reg: $144.99
Sale: $109.99 thru 11/10 EST
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Havahart Raccoon & Cat Trap, One Door
HAV-1079
Reg: $79.99
Sale: $59.99 thru 11/10 EST
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Heath Black Forest Bird Feeder
HMC-2301
Reg: $44.99
Sale: $37.99 thru 11/10 EST
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Home Bazaar Cape Cod Bird House w/Bracket
HOB-2016-WHT
Reg: $104.99
Sale: $79.99 thru 11/10 EST
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Panacea Deluxe Log Rack with Cover, Black, 8'
PAP-15205
Reg: $109.99
Sale: $99.99 thru 11/10 EST
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New at the Nest
Our customers are valuable to us. We continually search for new and better ways to serve our customers. In an effort to better meet your needs as a customer, BestNest aggressively adds new products to the website. Some of the new and exciting products that we've added are shown below. Be sure to check out our New Items department regularly.



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Wing & A Prayer Manor House, Verdigris Roof
AWP-MANHSE-V
Reg: $299.99
Now: $279.99
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Gardman Solar Party Lantern, Color Changing
GAR-L6016
Now: $6.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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Gardman Planter Tree Stand w/ Four 12" Hanging Baskets, 5'4"
GAR-R528
Now: $64.99
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Gardman Square Gothic Patio Planter, Black, 18"L
GAR-R810
Now: $37.99
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Heath Hot Pepper Suet Cake, 11.25 oz., pack of 12
HMC-DD-25
Reg: $29.99
Now: $27.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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Home Bazaar Chapel Bell Bird House
HOB-2047
Reg: $79.99
Now: $69.99
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Natureline Van Ert Gourd Sparrow Trap
NL-100-05
Reg: $47.99
Now: $44.99
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Natureline II 11" Gourds, Oblong SREH, 16 Pack
NL-110116-00
Reg: $219.99
Now: $179.99
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Pentair Floating Solar Globelight, Color Changing
PEN-R440380
Reg: $27.99
Now: $24.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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PlantFurniture Co. Wine Bottle Plant Nanny & Auger, 4 Pack
PFC-6060
Reg: $19.99
Now: $16.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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Rubicon Large Post Mount Spindle Feeder, Cedar & Green
RUB-LSFCG
Reg: $259.99
Now: $249.99
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Woodlink Sloped Front Bluebird House
WDL-BB2
Now: $39.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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Woodlink Brushed Copper Post Mount Squirrel Baffle, 22"
WDL-BCBAF22
Now: $59.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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Woodlink Recycled Plastic Tall Hopper Bird Feeder
WDL-GGHOP
Now: $79.99
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Woodlink Squirrel Chair Ear Corn Feeder
WDL-SQF4
Now: $9.99
Free Shipping Over $75




Off Season Martin Maintenance
As the last purple martins have left their summer homes and begun their long migration southward, the off season offers a time to maintain your martin houses and make sure they are ready for next year. End of season maintenance is a must for the purple martin landlord if the martins are to be successful. This often includes making small repairs to the home, checking the mounting equipment, and adding accessories to make your roosting site ideal for your colony.

One of the simplest ways to keep your martin home maintained is to remove your home from the pole for winter storage. This not only protects the unit from harsher weather, but it also keeps other birds from overtaking the nests. After taking down the home, remove all the nesting material left in it and clean each compartment thoroughly with a mild detergent. This will help prevent any parasites or disease from contaminating the home. Placing the house in your garage or basement for winter storage will also allow time for maintenance at your leisure. Many of us do not have the storage space for our often bulky martin homes. If you are unable to store the house throughout the winter, adding door stops to the unit is a good idea to keep house sparrows and European starlings from overtaking the nests.

In addition to caring for the home, the off season is also an opportune time to check your mounting equipment. Martin house poles, when not properly maintained, create a safety concern not only for the martin house, but also for you and your family. Ensure that your pole is sturdy and in good working order to prevent accidents later. If you have a telescoping pole, ensure that all parts are present and the locking mechanism is properly seated. Clean any rusted areas with a sander and coat with a weather protecting conditioner. If your system includes a winch and pulley, or other rope mechanism, oil the winch and pulley. Make sure the rope is not frayed or worn, and replace it if needed. If your system does not have a winch system, the off season is a perfect time to add one. Also, inspect the concrete or soil surrounding the pole for any kind of foundation issues, and ensure that the pole has limited wavering. Ensure that your predator guard is seated properly on the pole and hasn't been damaged by squirrels or raccoons. An annual check of the pole system and accessories helps keep you and your birds safe.

Once your martin house has been cleaned and maintenance has been completed, make any minor adjustments or addition of accessories to the home if desired. Recent studies have shown that a deeper compartment is a bit safer for martins, enabling them to hide in the back of the compartment to avoid predation. If your house allows it, altering it to create 7" to 12" deep nesting cavities will aid in making the unit more enticing to martins next season. Add an owl guard or starling resistant entrance holes to help deter predators next season. A top perch or porch system is readily used by martins and offers great landing spots for the birds. Adding porch dividers between entrances on multi-unit homes helps prevent territoriality between males and can increase occupancy. Though improvements are a great idea, take care not to alter too many elements of the home at once, as martins are often wary of change and will abandon a nest site if it is not to their liking.

Fall and winter weather offers a chance to enjoy the outdoors and the changing of the seasons. It also brings an excellent opportunity to clean and maintain your existing martin house as any good landlord should. By removing or closing the home for winter, access is denied to house sparrows or starlings, and can remain clean for the martins for next year. Check out the select items below or check out our complete line of martin houses and accessories available on our site at Purple Martin Houses. For more personal assistance, call our customer service line toll free at 877-562-1818 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.


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Heritage Farms Purple Martin House System Top Perch
HF-7549
Reg: $32.99
Now: $27.99
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Heath Door Stops, set of 12
HMC-C-12
Now: $6.99
Free Shipping Over $75



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Home Bazaar Purple Martin Clubhouse Bird House, 16 Room
HOB-2048L
Reg: $349.99
Now: $289.99
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Pulley Assembly for MSS-12 House
NH-726208
Reg: $6.99
Now: $5.99
Free Shipping Over $75



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Nature House Star Martin Perch for DH-12N, PMC-24, and TM-12
NH-DHPA
Now: $12.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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Trio Martin Safety System w/ Pole
NH-MSS-12
Now: $269.99
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Owl Guard for M-12K house and MSS-12 systems
NH-OG-1
Now: $59.95
Free Shipping Over $75



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Nature House Winter Door Stops, 12 pack
NH-WDS-12
Now: $12.99
Free Shipping Over $75




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Natureline Gourd Porch
NL-100-07
Reg: $3.99
Now: $3.49
Free Shipping Over $75




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