ALL ABOUT WRENS
House wrens may be small (approximately 5 inches long), but they are scrappy. These
chunky little birds are known to aggressively defend their territories and nesting sites. Males arrive in late April.
While waiting for the females, they will sometimes build as many as six nests to let other prospectors know this area
is taken. After staking claim, they will threaten, chase, and even fight off potential claim jumpers. Males
frequently destroy the eggs of other intruders trying to invade "their space."
The females return approximately nine days after the males; they may or may not select one of the nests built by the males. These persnickety females have been known to completely rebuild the nest twig by twig and stick by stick if it isn't to their liking. The good news is, these house hunters aren't very picky about where they nest. Just about anywhere a wren can get in to becomes home: flower pots, old shoes, boots, hats, abandoned woodpecker hole, or hornet's nest. Consequently, man made houses are readily accepted.
Breeding season begins in late April in the Southern portion of their range and in early May in the Northern portion. Females average six to ten brown speckled eggs, and the incubation period is from 13 to 15 days. After fledging, they continue to be cared for by their parents for two weeks. At this time man made nest boxes should be cleaned to prepare for the second brood. Remove old nesting materials and scrub with a 10% bleach solution. This will prevent the spread of disease and/or parasites. Dry thoroughly before remounting.
HOW TO ATTRACT WRENS TO YOUR BACKYARD
Because wrens are insect eaters, they will not visit your bird feeder, but they need lots
of water. Have plenty of sources available. Plus they do like suet. Offer plenty of suet treats around the yard. Suet
is a good source of energy for these perky, energetic, and busy little visitors. Don't stop when the weather gets warm. Suet
is welcomed year round and will keep them coming back for more.
are voracious nesters, offer them plenty of houses mounted 5-10 feet high. To help them with construction, fill an old suet
cage with nesting materials: twigs, sticks, bark, grass, feathers, string, yarn, dryer lint, shredded paper, fabric softener
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