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Old 02-21-2015, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I have wrens around the house. I see them and hear them frequently. They pick around my flower beds, use my birdbaths. Carolinas, I think. At least one pair, maybe more.

I have many different little bird houses hung all around the yard. No one ever nests!! Not ever.

I've seen yards where wrens have nested in coffee cans left in an open carport, in baskets hung on the wall near the entrance to the house, in ferns hanging. I've heard of them nesting in wreaths on the door!

What the heck am I doing wrong, other than wanting them to nest so bad I can taste it?

Today I bought a "wren house" made of cedar (built to the standards that it's said wrens prefer). I plan to hang it out front under the eaves.

Wish me luck, and please....any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:25 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Wrong type of houses.... Not a bird expert so just a guess.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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This is what I was thinking, Katie, but as I said I've heard of and actually seen them nesting in just about anything available.

The house I just bought today is supposed to be the "right" type of house. Guess we'll see what happens.

Just wondering if there's something I'm missing!
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Connecticut is my adopted home.
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Got any roaming cats in the area? That might be the problem.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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No, not really. I have a large dog, we never see cats around the house.

I see and hear them (the wrens) in the backyard where the dog spends time. And they use the birdbath in the front regulary.

Just not nesting in any receptacle I put out for them!
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Well at least I can attract crickets. Chirp chirp chirp.
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Old 02-25-2015, 07:08 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Act like a gentleman. Compliment them on their plumage. Let them know you appreciate the little things they do, hopping around the bird feeder, reducing the bugs in your yard.
It's all about respect.
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Act like a gentleman. Compliment them on their plumage. Let them know you appreciate the little things they do, hopping around the bird feeder, reducing the bugs in your yard.
It's all about respect.
B, oddly enough, I do do that! LOL! My family thinks I'm crazy. I'll be at the kitchen window washing dishes and suddenly freeze....."OOoooh, hello, little darlin! Aren't you beautful!"

I guess I just have to wait and see what happens with this new house I hung.
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Old 02-28-2015, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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I have some wrens where I live. I took a while but eventually she figures out that when I toss out a peanut kernel it is dinner time. The chickadees and sparrows will take a kernel, but for the wren I had to break it in half.

After a while the wren will make a racket outside of your window when she wants to eat. No one can match her voice/size ratio.
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Oh they're loud, for sure. I have several, I just can't seem to get them to nest where I can see and watch them.

I didn't realize they'd eat seeds/nuts....I was under the impression they were insect eaters. Mine are always working the wall bricks and under the bushes.

I'll try some broken peanuts in the area of this newest house I've hung. Thanks!
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