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    ReneeinWinslowReneeinWinslow
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    Hi Everyone, I need some advice concerning removing the wren guard on the chickadee nest. On April 13 when I did a nest check there were 6 eggs so I put a wren guard on. Since the weather here was until the other day raining and very cold and windy I didn’t do the usual nest checks. Last week during a break in the weather I did a quick one and all the babies looked to be feathered. Yesterday and today the babies are very vocal when parents come to feed I can hear them from the deck doing the begging calls. Since I am not sure when they hatched but counting from the 13th of April I’m guessing they are 12 days old today. Should I remove the guard today? I am worried that the PROWs may try to enter the dee box because the PROWs have started building in the other box about 30 feet away. The dees are usually long gone by the time the PROWs show up but this year has been unusually cold so that put the dees almost a month behind. Thanks

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    dogsandbirds
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    I think I would remove it now and hope the PROW behave themselves. Those little guys need to fledge soon.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    ReneeinWinslowReneeinWinslow
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    I will remove it early tomorrow morning. It was too late in the day today. I don’t think it’s quite fledgling time at least today since the parents weren’t calling to them like they do for fledgling. Thanks Gin

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    ReneeinWinslowReneeinWinslow
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    I went out early this morning and removed the wren guard off the box the dees are nesting in and what shows up a couple of hours later? A %^$#&*#$ house wren. It goes straight to the PROW nesting box and starts throwing out the nesting material. I am so blasted mad I could strangle that little monster. The only thing I could do was plug up the hole until it leaves. It tried like mad to pull out the paper towels I stuffed in the hole but luckily its not strong enough. This little destructive monster will cause havoc for 2 weeks then disappear for the season. The only thing I can hope for is that the PROWs come back after that time frame.

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    dogsandbirds
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    At least the little dees are too big for the HOWR to deal with. But drat! A HOWR on the loose around the PROW. I can’t stand those little terrorists either. But you already know that!

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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