A version of this article appears in print on 09/07/2014, on page of the edition with the headline: Filling the Empty Nest With Animals.
If your chimney isn’t properly protected from animal intrusions, or if you suspect an animal already has found a new home in your flue, call the chimney experts at the Home Fires Company to schedule an appointment today. We will get your chimney checked for animals and nests, remove anything that is found within and recommend ways to keep animals out of your chimney in the future.
Take six nesting and sorting blocks, add six numbered animals to go inside, and what do you have? A farm full of stacking, counting, hide-and-seek, mix-and-match, imaginative play! This charming play set lets kids build a farm scene filled with bright red barns, with an animal for every barn. On their front panels, the barns feature doors sized to fit their animal occupants; on the back, a full-color scene showing the animal in an outdoor setting. Kids can also pair numbers on the barns and animals to put together the correct pairs, reinforcing early-learning concepts as they play.
Animal nesting dolls make charming gifts for the animal lovers
Nesting & Sorting Barns & Animals | Melissa & Doug
Females aren’t sexually mature until about ten to twelve years of age. They nest every one to three years and may lay several clutches of eggs each season. Highly migratory animals, they often travel hundreds of miles to reach their nesting beach, usually the same beach they hatched from. You may choose to let the animal use the area if it doesn’t pose a direct problem to you, your family, or your pets and other animals. However, its discarded food, urine, or droppings may create odors and become a potential health hazard. Animals also may make considerable noise, chew on building parts, or destroy insulation during the nest building process.Occasionally a raccoon, skunk, tree squirrel, or other animal will find a suitable shelter in or under a house, shed, or other structure. These animals may occupy an area sporadically, using the site only two or three consecutive days or nights usually until available food sources are exhausted. However, some may choose to overwinter there if the surroundings remain favorable. During the mating and nesting season, females attracted to warm, dry, easily defended areas may attempt to den or nest in these settings. Indications that you’ve found the animal’s main entry include a newly dug hole or dirt stains, nest materials, and/or hairs stuck around a narrow hole in the roof, siding, or foundation. Fresh animal tracks may be found in dry soil near the entry.According to the , crows usually hide their nests “in a crotch near the trunk of a tree” or in the upper two-thirds of a tree. Anywhere from 6 to 19 inches (15 to 22 centimeters) in diameter, crow nests are made mostly of medium-size twigs and lined with pine needles, weeds, soft bark, or animal hair. They have a clutch of six to nine eggs. Some crow species migrate, while others stay put.Not only do they cause annoyances by chirping and scratching inside the flue, but birds, raccoons, and squirrels can also bring insects and disease into your home when they get into your chimney to nest. However, the greatest damage these wild animals can do to your chimney is to block your chimney with their nesting materials. This blockage not only will force toxic combustion gases back into your home, but it also poses a huge fire hazard. Most nesting materials are highly flammable and will easily start a chimney fire that could spread to your entire home.