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2:03 p.m. 2012-04-18

a winter roost box

I thought we'd take another look at what's left of the winter roost box at the end of the season. There's a heat lamp that comes on when the temperature is less than 48 degrees Fahrenheit, although Dale and Courtney say it really isn't cold at that temperature, and they usually refuse to use it. It has to get really cold to impress those two. There's a tarp over much, but not all, of the hardware cloth screen that encloses the bird porch, to break the wind. (There's also an inner lining of mosquito screen, because all outdoor birds need protection from mosquito bites. But that isn't a winter concern.) The main thing is that I don't line the roostbox inside and out with cork to encourage chewing, because I don't particularly want to encourage this pair to breed. In fact, we've placed a bit of hardware cloth around the exterior of the box, to cut down on how often we have to replace the box. They'll chew anyway, because they can come at the job from the inside out, but we'll try to keep it to a dull roar.

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