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  • #2067
    Puppygroomer
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    Well we are up to 3 eggs. Thanks for advice, the spooker went up on Sunday, mom and dad took to it within an hour.
    I’ve only had eggs twice from Tree Swallows, last year my babies were killed.
    I’m really hoping this is a successful go around!
    In the meantime “single mom” is doing great. She has found a new mate and he is wing waving at another box we have. Unfortunately I did see him kick a little one in the head that fledged 2 weeks ago. I’ve seen this happen before but not this soon after fledging. Any input on this?
    Also still trapping some Sparrows, 4 today! :TwoHosp:

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    dogsandbirds
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    It could be that he is zealously guarding the food supply. He’s gotta feed any newbies he may have and this fledgling doesn’t belong to him anyway. He knows that.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    tamsea
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    Yay on the TRES. I would keep getting new TRES pairs if I kept putting up boxes. I really have too many hear. I put a box up as a trap box for HOSP and a new TRES pair took it! Grrr. I have probably 8 boxes at home full of TRES eggs.

    Congrats on your trapping!!

    Tammy

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    Debra
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    Hello. First timer here. Four bluebirds just hatched. I just received my sparrow spooker. Is it too late to install it? Will my attempts to install it keep the parents away?

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    Rich KRich K
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    The commitment by the parents is way too strong for them to abandon fledglings. I would put it up ASAP and watch the box. Typically the female accepts first. I have used the spooker two years in a row and they took to it both times within 30 minutes. HOSP’s go nowhere near the box. It’s too big a risk to take. HOSP’s are nasty.

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    Bobs Farm
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    Just read up on this today actually. The statement on the Salis website was ” Better late then never.” It did go on to state watch it once you put it on and stated further “At least an hour to see if they accept it.” Hope that helps.

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    Debra
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    Thank you both so very much. I am scared to death for these babes as my sparrows have killed before. Right on it!

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    Debra
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    The female went in after about 20 minutes. The male about 10 minutes later. Thanks again!

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Good job, Debra! Really shows their commitment.

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    Love my blues!
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    Good news, Debra. Sure hope that sparrow spooker works!

    Nicole

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    Debra
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    I purchased the mealworm feeder and set it up 3 days ago. No takers. How do I attract the vluebirds. It is not too close too their box but not far from seed feeders and baths.

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    tamsea
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    Debra, are you still having trouble attracting bluebirds to your feeder? We can help if you are.

    Tammy

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