UPDATE on Unhatched eggs

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    Rich K
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    I went to remove the nest and eggs this morning. All 4 eggs were gone. No sign of any attack and I have a spooker and baffle up. I suspect Momma took the eggs out knowing they were no good. About an hour later I found one egg about 50 feet away near my milkweed garden. It was slightly cracked and I opened it up. There was a very deformed almost mummified embryo that looked to be no more than 5 or 6 days along which incidentally coincides exactly with the cold snap we had. I suspect the Gilbertson box is not as insulated as the slot box (all 5 eggs survived and fledged MUCH colder weather last year).
    The GOOD NEWS is Momma and Pappa have been very active around my slot box this morning so I am very hopeful she will start building again soon.
    Such is the life of an EABL Landlord!! The highs and lows. I must say that this is the first failure in 7 years. My Blues have fledged over 40 babies in the past 7 years so one failure like this is not a bad percentage in hindsight.

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    Rich K
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    UPDATE: It has been just over 3 hours since I removed the nest. She has the base of one built already in the slot box and Papa is singing away like mad in the tree next to the box!!!
    :bluesinbox:

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Great news, Rich.

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