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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, March 19th. Be sure to check out all of our exciting specials by visiting the Hot Buys department regularly.
New at the Nest
Our customers are valuable to us. We continually search for new and better ways to serve you. In an effort to better meet your needs, 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.
A few of our deeply discounted items appear below. These items feature exceptional savings and value but are not all of our sale items. More discounted items may be found in their corresponding departments. Be sure to check out some of our other exciting deals by visiting the Clearance department regularly.
Spring Bird House Cleaning
Spring cleaning is a dreaded phrase around many households, but when it comes to your feathered friends, it is an important aspect of being a landlord. If you have nest boxes, now is a fantastic time to thoroughly check each of them, as well as clean and maintain the units. This can eradicate parasites and ensure that the house is ready for your birds, giving them a wing-up for a successful season.
The warming spring months, particularly around March and April, are excellent times to clean out nest boxes for most parts of the United States. Throughout the country, songbirds are just starting to couple and create nests, but have not yet laid any eggs. This offers you the perfect opportunity to prepare your nest boxes, ensuring they are properly sited. You can also use this time to replace or repair any damaged boxes, readying them for the birds. If the houses were left up through the winter, there may be more than just twigs and leaves in them. Sometimes, other animals, such as mice and flying squirrels, will use a bird house as a warm roost through the winter. Removing their nests will help prepare the item for the next inhabitants. Once this has been removed, check the base and sides of the item. If you notice evidence of parasites, such as lice, mites, or blowflies, the house can be cleaned and disinfected with a solution of 1 part bleach to 8 parts water. Make sure to plug the entrance and allow the roost to thoroughly dry before opening it for birds, to keep them safe.
When cleaning a bird house, many people would not think to remove a nice nest that is not at risk of parasites. In many cases, removing certain types of nests from specialized housing will allow for the desired bird to claim its living space. Bluebird and purple martin houses are particularly susceptible to being overtaken by house sparrows and starlings. By recognizing the nest construction indicative of each species, you can clean out the unwelcomed guests, and pave the way for the rightful tenants. This form of spring cleaning helps keep your bluebird house a bluebird house, or your martin house for the martins. It also ensures the homes are free of parasites and structurally sound.
Checking and cleaning your nest boxes is important for all birds. Making sure that the physical house is still in usable condition, and that it is free of parasites is one of the responsibilities of any birding landlord. Learning to recognize different nests allows you to remove any undesirable birds or other animals from the roosts, offering more housing for the sought-after birds. BestNest carries the best variety of Bird Houses and Bird House Extras. For more personal assistance, feel free to contact one of our customer service representatives toll free at 877-562-1818 or internationally at 513-232-4225 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.