4 eggs hatched, 1 did not- now what?

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  • #1623
    mullybirds
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      So excited that 4 of the 5 Eastern Bluebird eggs hatched! 3 hatched 2 days ago and 1 hatched yesterday. Now there is 1 left. I have read that if the egg does not hatch in 4 days, to remove and dispose of the egg to prevent a rotten egg from attracting predators. Is this correct? If so..what’s the best way to remove? With tweezers? I have to disturb anything.

      #1624
      mullybirds
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        Also, I am totally clueless as to how to post pictures..sorry! I attached the web address for my flickr pic, and it appears nothing is happening. Is there an easier way??

        • This reply was modified 8 years, 1 month ago by mullybirds.
        #1629
        The Original Bluebird Nut
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          Some people remove unhatched eggs, others just leave them. Unless it is very hot, there’s not a great deal of danger. The egg won’t attract a predator unless it leaks or gets broken or explodes (and there are various opinions about whether hot eggs actually explode or not). I’ve sometimes left unhatched eggs in the nest, and never had an issue. If it should crack or show signs of being broken, then you might want to remove it. The adults might take care of it themselves, anyway – either removing it, or pushing it out of the nest into the bottom of the box.

          As for posting pictures, you have to use the url for the image itself, not the album page it’s on. I fixed it for you this time. Look at the instructions in the Posting Guidelines sticky thread for more info.


          Central NY
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          #1641
          tamsea
          Moderator

            I’d just leave it for a few more days, just in chance it would hatch. It’s not likely too but I always err on the side of caution. After that you can remove it. Just reach in and pick it up with your fingers. (don’t use tweezers) If you touch the babies it is no big deal. I have to do it often to count the babies etc. Eggs rarely break inside the nest. I’ve never had one break.

            Tammy

            #1676
            mullybirds
            Participant

              Yikes…!! checked the box today and the egg appears cracked with some yolk spilling out. I’m going to carefully try to remove it without making a mess.

              #1697
              dogsandbirds
              Moderator

                Did you remove that egg? Check the nest as much as you can to see if there is spilled yolk in it. There are 2 ways to handle this situation. The first is to grease the pole up under the baffle to make an ant barrier. I use lithium garage door track grease for this. The harder solution is to check the nest itself for any remaining yolk. If you’re not going to grease the pole, the contaminated nest material should be removed so that ants don’t find it.

                Gin
                Atlanta, GA

                #1699
                mullybirds
                Participant

                  Yes, Gin. Thanks for checking this. I did remove the egg. And I did apply grease to the pole. I do believe some of the egg white and a little yolk leaked. Hatchlings are doing well, and are 7days old. I’ll be checking the pole daily to re-grease as needed. I want nothing to go wrong now! We’re so close!! Thanks again!

                  • This reply was modified 8 years, 1 month ago by mullybirds.
                  #1700
                  mullybirds
                  Participant

                    BabyBday8 by Lori Mullican[/url], on Flickr

                    Apparently still clueless about pics. But maybe got lucky this time :)

                    • This reply was modified 8 years, 1 month ago by mullybirds.
                    • This reply was modified 8 years, 1 month ago by mullybirds.
                    #1704
                    dogsandbirds
                    Moderator

                      You shouldn’t have to grease that pole again until next season. It lasts a long time and doesn’t harden quickly. You did put it up under the baffle, right? We don’t want feathers to come into contact with that stuff.

                      Those little birdies are looking really good! I love to see them all huddled up together.

                      Gin
                      Atlanta, GA

                      #1705
                      mullybirds
                      Participant

                        The baffle has been up since we put the box up. Good info about the grease! Thanks!

                        #1720
                        tamsea
                        Moderator

                          You know not to check them after day 12, right?

                          Tammy

                          #1724
                          mullybirds
                          Participant

                            Yup! I read not to check after that time. Thanks!

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