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Carol – Mid-Mo.
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Yeah, what is with those swallows? Last year (my 3rd year with them) all 6 hatched and about 3 days before fledging I found them all dead – no signs of trauma. But when I cleaned out box it was just FULL of mites, which proceeded to get all over us when we were cleaning. UGH! I’m assuming this was the problem since they all died at same time – but it could have been extreme heat, also. I did have heat shield on the box, but it was a Gilwood box, which I really believe to be too small for 6 babies!!