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    phillyblues
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    ThisPA weather is just awful. Low 40s overnight and lashing rain. My bluebirds look about a week from fledging but are freezing and the nest is wet. Should i interfere somehow? I put mealworms all over on the trail. But they are barely moving.

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    NickNackHummer
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    Phillyblues, there is some information on sailis about preventing hypothermia in baby bluebirds. It gives instructions for changing out a wet nest and for preventing wet nests in the future. I hope this is helpful. http://www.sialis.org/hypo.htm

    Carol
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    blue diamonds
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    I have never had a wet nest, but if I did, I have saved a few unused nests for this purpose. If they are cold the wet nest is not helping. Sometimes they barely move when I check the box, so that doesn’t surprise me. Hope it warms up soon! Good luck.

    Judy – Michigan

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    phillyblues
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    Can i stick hand warmers in there?

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    NickNackHummer
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    phillyblues, did you read the sailis link that I posted about how to change out a wet nest?

    Carol
    East Tennessee

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    phillyblues
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    Yeah thanks. I don’t want to handle them too much at this point. Just seeing if there was a quick fix sonce weather is supposed to get warmer tomorrow.

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Philly Blues – I had to change out a wet, moldy, nasty nest one year and the parents were not taking out the fecal sacs, either. It is a very intimidating procedure, but using common sense, information the the Sialis.org website and lots of prayers, I did get the job done, with lots of help from dear hubby. But only a week from fledging is a frightening thought to handle the babies and change out a nest, and you must have a saved old, unused nest to replace it.

    Tammy, any help/ideas here?

    P.S. Here in Mid-Missouri we are having the same weather – just down right cold and nasty wet!!!

    #9209
    phillyblues
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    Thanks everyone. Just pray they make it to the morning. Supposed to warm up a bit.

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    phillyblues
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    Ok today is much (+20°) warmer and drier and mom and dad seemed busy feeding these tough little babies. I think they are tougher than Inthought. Panic over. Thanks all.

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    NickNackHummer
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    I wondered how they were doing. I’m glad they made it through the night.

    Carol
    East Tennessee

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