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    WildBlueYonder
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    Hello to all,

    It has been a while since posting, but I have been super busy with work. I do have a question…

    My second brood of 4 fledged early this morning, well, I saw that 3 of them did. The 4th appears to be in good health, but remains in the box. I did not see the 3 leave this morning.

    It’s a slotted box so I have been able to monitor in later stages by slipping my cell in the slot to look.

    It was calling out and eventually the parents came back to feed it which relieved me. I imagine they had to hide the other 3 first before coming for the 4th.

    So long as they come back to feed it etc…are chances good that it will fledge? Would it have been the last egg to hatch?

    Just hoping she is able to fledge too.

    Thanks for any input.

    #5187
    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    I believe it will fledge today or the next. This occasionally happens but if parents are still coming to box to feed it, all is well I believe. But it wouldn’t hurt to keep close eye on it – is it peeking out of the hole? We had one person on this forum just about a week or two ago had one baby left in the box and it had something stuck on the bottom of its foot, hindering its exit.

    #5189
    Brad
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    I had 4 fledglings and 2 fledged on the first day and 2 the following. The resources say up to 72 hours between first and last can be normal. Did the little guy fly today?

    #5190
    WildBlueYonder
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    Hello to All,

    I am happy to say that she fledged a few hours after my first post. The parents kept coming back. They fed her and hovered around a bit. She eventually made her way to the box opening so I knew it wouldn’t be long. I had an appointment and when I came back she had gone.

    The box has been cleaned out and the spooker is down. The parents have been back at the feeder, then they go into the box. Not sure what they are looking for. Now I wait for them all to return in a week or two.

    #5195
    dogsandbirds
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    It seems they always go to the box for a day or so right after everyone fledges. Maybe it’s that habits are hard to break.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

    #5212
    WildBlueYonder
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    So, have any of you had a third brood? This second brood was extremely soon after brood 1 fledged.

    I am SO happy that I did the best I could to help 8 new bluebirds make it into the world.

    #5217
    Lisa
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    I’m on my third but first didn’t survive, sadly.

    #5221
    tamsea
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    I used to have 3 broods every year but this momma has had only two for the past few years. We’ll see what she does this year.

    Tammy

    #5291
    Lisa
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    The rule of thumb for mine seems to be two successful broods. When one fails they go for a third.

    #5292
    WildBlueYonder
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    Guess what?

    They are building nest #3!…they have been very busy since yesterday.

    The first brood was around quite a bit when brood 2 hatched, but I have not seen any of them since just before brood 2 fledged.

    They still have brood 2 in hiding. I hope to see them soon. I would love to see some of brood 1 as well. Not sure where they all went. Pretty sure both broods were all females.

    #5297
    tamsea
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    Congrats on your third nesting. How many did you have in brood one and two. I would be very surprised if they were all females unless you had only a couple per brood.

    Tammy

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