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  • #3254
    Lubricator
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    Got babies this morning. Both parents are bringing food for the little ones. Can’t tell how many chicks are in there. Can’t see the top of the nest.

    Lubricator

    #3259
    tamsea
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    What?!! That’s crazy. Where are you from? I can’t remember. There’s a few inches of snow on the ground here this morning.

    Tammy

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    I’m in Mobile, Alabama. I’ve only had my nesting box up 4 years and have had bluebird chicks the previous 2 years. This is by far the earliest the bluebirds have laid eggs. I think the very mild winter we had is a factor.

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    dogsandbirds
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    I agree. This is crazy! High of around 35 here today. I envy you.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

    #3282
    tamsea
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    Hope it stays decent for your babies!

    Tammy

    #3289
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    Having a cold spell but I think the babies survived it. The parents are still feeding them. I don’t know how many chicks as I can’t see the nest. Unable to post a photo. If I’m E-mailed I will reply with a photo…..
    henrylawrence2000@yahoo.com

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    #3293
    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Crazy, crazy! Sure hope they survive – do you think you need to put insulation around the box to keep it warmer? You would just put the foam directly against the wood, not with spacers like you do when trying to keep the heat OUT. I have done this before when I had eggs, not babies, and it turned unusually cold. I even wrapped the foam in plastic to keep it warmer. If I remember correctly, they did survive a pretty cold spell, eggs that is, not babies. Best of luck.
    We had temps in the upper 20’s the past few nights, but tonight is supposed to be just above freezing and then warm up some next week.

    #3296
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    The chicks are fine. They survived the cold spell. The parents are still feeding the young ones frequently. Thank you for your concern. The weather here is warming.

    Lubricator

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    David in Stafford,VA
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    Snow earlier this week now in the low 40s. Maybe in to 50s next week. Should be about time for the birds to get serious about building nests. The robins in the area are starting to battle over nesting locations.

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    Lisa
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    Me too! In Fairhope…
    They tormented me for weeks and finally settled down and I have 5 eggs!

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    Lisa
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    Curious…do you see yours in Winter? I never do. They show up in February….

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    Lubricator
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    They stop by occasionally in winter. They roost on the curtain rod I installed as a perch and check out the nesting box.\
    We had a very mild winter here in Mobile, Alabama which I believe is the reason they built a nest so early in February. The eggs hatched last week and the chicks are getting fed often by the parents.

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    #3308
    tamsea
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    Mine used to stay ALL winter but the past two year they are scarce from October -Jan and sometime after that they come back.

    Tammy

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