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Chaseman

So...any Bluebirds nesting yet....2017

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I guess I will kick off the new season!  Yay for Bluebird nesting!  My girl finished her nest over a week ago.......and we finally have an egg today!  Here's to a very happy, very successful nesting year!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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Looks like we are good to go!  Happy Incubation!

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All I have is a nest... They built a nest in like 1 day and I haven't seen them again so they may have found a better box to use? :(

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I had one more egg show up after this shot.  I hope they do 4 eggs this clutch instead of 5 so they have a better chance of feeding them all.  Maybe I will put out some meal worms? 

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Flickr is refusing to work with my ipad today, so I'll post the pic later, but my Bluebirds are building a nest!

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I got 5 eggs and they have started incubation. I thought I saw male incubating eggs but literature says the male doesn't have a brood patch so he does not incubate them.  12-14 days from now should have some little ones. 

Chaseman.. You should have babies by the end of the weekend. 

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Nice tiny blues!  I was in error by saying that my bluebirds started incubation on Thursday.  She left the nest after she laid the eggs and has not been back?  I'm not sure what is going on? Maybe she will come back and incubate them? 

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3 hours ago, Tclarkwood said:

Nice tiny blues!  I was in error by saying that my bluebirds started incubation on Thursday.  She left the nest after she laid the eggs and has not been back?  I'm not sure what is going on? Maybe she will come back and incubate them? 

Depending on the temps she may not spend that much time in there.  She should be in there at night, at a minimum.  Do you see her at all, or could something have happened to her?

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I've seen her and the male a couple of times on my bird feeder eating suet so they are still in the area but she is not sitting on them during the day. Our temps are warm after noon and that is when I check the box.  Maybe she is watching them but not sitting on them since we are over 75 degrees usually after lunch? 

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On 4/10/2017 at 11:40 AM, Chaseman said:

Depending on the temps she may not spend that much time in there.  She should be in there at night, at a minimum.  Do you see her at all, or could something have happened to her?

She is on the eggs from time to time. When I checked after work yesterday, she was sitting on them.  So I'm guessing I could have an Easter Day hatch!  I'll check Monday morning before work to see if any babies have emerged. 

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Looks like everyone is progressing nicely!

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I still have eggs... Perhaps I will have a hatch in the next day or so?  

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23 minutes ago, Tclarkwood said:

I still have eggs... Perhaps I will have a hatch in the next day or so?  

From my counting, you are probably in the Tuesday-Thursday window.  If you had 5 eggs on the 6th, I always start my count the following day.  12-14 days puts you mid week.

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That sounds right. I just hope they have better luck this year than last year! 

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Ok.. Here we go!  2 have hatched out of 5.  The female has already eaten or removed the shells.  She is guarding the box by perching on top of it while they hatch.  I couldn't get a shot with my iphone but here are the 2 newbies!  They are hugging each other. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Tclarkwood said:

Ok.. Here we go!  2 have hatched out of 5.  The female has already eaten or removed the shells.  She is guarding the box by perching on top of it while they hatch.  I couldn't get a shot with my iphone but here are the 2 newbies!  They are hugging each other. 

 

 

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Exciting!  Congrats!

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i have a box and think the bluebirds are building a nest...they did last year but when i went to clean the box at the end of the season - eggs - unhatched - were still there

but how do you get the photos inside the box...and do you need to have all that set up before the bluebirds start building

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8 hours ago, jcarscadden said:

i have a box and think the bluebirds are building a nest...they did last year but when i went to clean the box at the end of the season - eggs - unhatched - were still there

but how do you get the photos inside the box...and do you need to have all that set up before the bluebirds start building

Hoping for good luck for you this year!  As for the pictures, my boxes open for cleaning.  I just open up the side and take a pic, making sure Mom isn't in there of course.  The box they are using this time is easier.  There is a vent slot at the top of the door that my phone will slide in.  That way I don't have to open anything up, and I can still check progress.  If you do open the box for monitoring, they don't recommend doing that once the babies are 12 days old or older.  Certainly don't want to scare them and cause an early fledge.  

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thank you Chaseman.....my current box opens from the front and i was worried that i would disturb the nest if I opened it.  I will give it a try

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How close do you put the dried mealworms to the bluebird box?  I put the mealworms in an old birdseed feeder I had about 8 feet from the bluebird box hanging on a nearby tree. I am assuming the bluebirds will investigate the hanging bird feeder since it is new in the area and realize it has mealworms in it?   

Do you think this is about right or do you suggest something else?  This is the first time I have put out mealworms so I don't know what I'm doing really. 

Thanks! 

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