May 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm #4183DeneParticipant
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These are our 1st BB’s so don’t know what we are doing yet. I was told they are similar to Martin’s, but not that I see and we had Martin’s for about 5 yrs before we moved here and got boxes for the BB’s instead here because of the HOA terrorists.
We looked in box just now and they hatched either today or yesterday(we didn’t look in yesterday) Any way we have to leave town on Friday afternoon and won’t be back until around noon on Sunday. Will everything be ok till we get back?
Also, I have not gotten any worms yet for them and wondering should I just wait until we get back? I seen where it was said to get some worms for the babies as it helps the parents feed the new one’s, so waited, but do I get some tomorrow Thurs for just one day to set out or wait until we get back then get some. Will the parents be able to keep them fed without us getting any worms till then? We never had to get anything for the Martin’s we had so many dragon flies around then and the Martin’s just took care of feeding the babies themselves, we only had to fight the terrorist with the Martin’s not feed them, plus the one Male Martin would attack the HOA’s when we weren’t around and here we are clear so far without the terrorist issue here.
And how do I introduce the worms to the parents? We haven’t been giving any so far and don’t want for them not to get them when we do?
DeneMay 10, 2017 at 10:45 pm #4184David in Stafford,VAParticipant
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First off, Congratulations on the hatch and the new bluebirds. The bluebirds can generally take care of their young without any outside help. While we do try to pamper the little creatures as though they were our children, Nature has provided the blues and all other birds with the instincts and abilities to provide for themselves. You can try to introduce mealworms to them now, but don’t be surprised if they ignore the offering. I tried for 3 years to get them to take the mealworms from a variety of feeders but gave up as they did fine finding grubs, larva, and insects in the trees, woods, and fields around my neighborhood. If you do try, use a feeder such as advertised on the homepage here, or one where they can feed without interference from other birds. The worm container should be smooth sided to prevent the mealworms from escaping the feeder. Depending on where you are located, it may be too late to order the worms online due to the heat. You might find small quantities available at pet shops or possible live bait stores
Good luck in your new adventure
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