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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Well, my 7 day old blues are dead I’m almost positive. We had horrible cold & more than 4″ rain and horrible wind this past weekend & yesterday. Parents had been bringing babies worms up until maybe Sunday, but I noticed last evening that they didn’t bring any to them. This morning, the same thing – I put out plenty of worms and they ate some and then saw them guarding a different box here close to my house. They are going in and out of this box and just chased a HOSP away. I will go out to the other box and look at the evidence soon this morning. Mother Nature is indeed strong and cruel at times.

    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Yup, babies are all dead. Pulled out nest & babies & cleaned out box- took a picture but is too sad to post. Guess it was just too cold & rainy. I checked the underside of the nest and it definitely was not wet, just maybe a little damp. Either mama was not able to keep them warm, since they were getting a little larger, or something. No trauma to them, just 5 little dead babies. I would suspect pesticide if it were a different time of the year, since we have a large pasture on the other side of our property – one year the owner sprayed and almost killed several of our large trees and shrubs. P.S. This was a Gilwood box – I’m still not too sure about having 5 babies in it, since it is a little smaller floor size and with more ventilation at top of hole, maybe just was too much for this weather.

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    I’ve only had that happen once…so sad.


    BZ–W Ctrl MO
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    Carol, so sad to hear this news, and also afraid for my five as the nest is also damp (you saw my other post). I have another nest that I saved from about 4 years ago, and I think I’ll swap it out this afternoon. Can’t get to it until about 3 pm. I’m really nervous about handling the little birds, so if anyone has advice on how to do it, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

    BZ W Ctrl MO

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    What a disappointment, Carol. So sad.

    BZ, take the babies out one by one and put them in a paper towel lined container. Cover that with a cloth. Remove the nest and replace it with the new one. Transfer the babies. That’s all there is to it. You can do it!

    Atlanta, GA

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    Carol, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we all feel your pain, and grieve along with you. We are all in this, together. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for you and your nesting blues!

    Bedford, New Hampshire

    David in Stafford,VA
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    What sad news this morning. Sorry for your loss Carol. I know that your blues will try again soon. Take care

    Stafford, VA

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    I’m so sorry…This year started out that way for me too. Hopefully, fingers crossed, so far this nesting looks happy and healthy.

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