Chickadee Nest/Wren Guard Help!

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I have a Black-Capped Chickadee that just laid six eggs in the nest box in my backyard. I just put up a House Wren guard (L-shaped metal taped to pieces of cardboard) to the front. There is about 2 inches of space between the hole and the cardboard.

The mother chickadee tried to get in multiple times, maybe 6 tries, and then finally got in. When she left, she again tried to enter, and it still took her 5 tries, which took about 10 minutes. Should I be worried that the mother won’t be able to enter in the future? Or should she be able to, now that’s she’s gotten in before?


I’m wondering if it’s worth it to have the wren guard or if I should remove it. What do you think?


Thanks!!

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI ♱

Remove it. Once chickadees occupy my nest box I've never seen wrens wanting to get in.

tj

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carolinva

I agree - once the chickadee has laid eggs the wren will go away.


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HU-341228992

I have had the opposite experience.Do you have a 1 1/8 hole guard on the box?Do you have wrens on your property?Skmetimes you don’t hear them they just apear.

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HU-341228992

I just had wrens kill chickadees in all three of my chickadees boxes.two with wren guards On them it’s been a frustrating year with the wrens for me.And I’m an experienced box landlord.Wrens killed chickadees that where 2days from fledging in both boxes.Have You heard the wren singing On your property? its warm out now there’s a lot of bugs for them to feed with when it’s cold outside then I would say maybe take it off.

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