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Date Posted: 09:49:30 10/04/06 Wed
Author: S. K. Dixon
Subject: I'm with you, Bev!
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "Good "sleeping quarters" also means a box from which ..." on 08:39:58 10/04/06 Wed

It's nest boxes for my crew, too! One for snoring, one for storing! And a bonus of overalls for sleeping and snuggling and storing--there's room enough in them for all 3 things and 2 or 3 squirrels! Now that you mention it, I have never had a nest box chewed up either! Amazing! Now the overalls and pocketbooks are eventually so chewed they must be replaced, but nest boxes are exempt from chewing. Must be written in the FS Rules for Living with Humans Guidebook. Another bonus: wooden nest boxes clean up well and look and smell as good as new. There's always one outside sunning and drying! VERY CLEVER to use the lid as a door; you are a thinker!

>>Absolutely,, But don't expect it to last very long,
>>they will chew it up in no time.. The reason most of
>>use nest boxes is because they can with stand a good
>>beating. lol
>(Good 'sleeping quarters' also means a box from which
>....) an HOF can easily extract their companion, when
>necessary. From a box into which one can not actually
>see, extracting a flyer can be a challenge, believe it
>or not. A flip-top wooden 'bird breeders' box seems
>to be the best, and most cost effective, solution to
>sleeping quarters for a flyer. I buy the 'parakeet'
>size box. During the winter months, (and often during
>the summer, as well), all five of my boys will sleep
>in one box. My girls tend to split up into groups of
>two or three, in the same size box. The boxes run
>about $9 at most pet supplies. The wood used is hard
>enough to stand up to any gnawing (and indeed, my crew
>has yet to chew up a nest box ...). I also attach a
>plastic lid (the type that comes from the
>stupidmarket, with potato salad or even from the local
>Chinese take-out, with wonton soup ...) with a single
>screw, to act as a 'door', which I can slide over the
>nest box opening. This 'door' gets some chewing
>action -- but not really much. It would not work, to
>confine a flyer for long, but works well when I want
>to clean the flyers' closets, during the day, but

>don't want them to move from the nest boxes while I'm
>So, IMHO, I'd save both the purchase price, and the
>shipping, and hit the local Petco or PetSmart, and get
>a bird breeders box, with a flip top lid. I usually
>have one box per flyer -- even tho several are used
>for eating or storing nuts, while only a few are used
>for sleeping.

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