April 17, 2016 at 11:09 am #1499
I noticed a couple of things and wondered if it were OK.
1. The color of the eggs. Looks very whitish… or very pale blue.. and even light purplish. I read that this is uncommon but it happens in a small percentage (5%?). Anything to be concerned about? I think not.
2. Another concern is that I noticed some very small dents and maybe even small holes in the eggs. I wouldn’t have noticied this if I didn’t have such a close-up photo. Is this normal? I’m hoping so… and that it’s just from the birds claws, beak, or something normal. Image below.
April 18, 2016 at 7:44 am #1501
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Yay….you have white egg laying female. How exciting. My first one laid white eggs. I have no idea about the dents. The doesn’t look like it has compromised the egg but I’m not sure if that’s normal or not.
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TammyApril 19, 2016 at 11:10 am #1532The Original Bluebird NutAdmi-nut-strator
My female last year laid white eggs, too – a first for me.
Not sure I’ve ever seen dents like that on an egg. It could just be an imperfection. Let’s hope so…I guess time will tell.
TMB StudiosApril 19, 2016 at 7:24 pm #1537dogsandbirdsModerator
That looks like shell imperfections to me and not dents or what I think of as dents anyway. They’re like little moon craters. On the top egg: that white streak looks like a fecal smear.
Atlanta, GAApril 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm #1542
Thanks all. There are 5 eggs now! I wonder when she’ll stop laying.
Anyway, hopefully the egg membrane is intact. By the way, in Chrome you can right-click on that image and open it in a new tab to see the photo larger… you can really see the imperfections better.
I’m relieved that no one said they were bad eggs.April 20, 2016 at 4:42 pm #1548
Keep us posted.
TammyApril 22, 2016 at 4:32 am #1572Love my blues!Participant
That’s so cool that you have white eggs!
NicoleApril 22, 2016 at 8:56 am #1580
Thanks all. Here’s an update: she started incubating the day she laid the last egg (the 5th one). I’m planning to install a nest cam today so wish me luck…… I’m afraid I might damage the eggs or spook them off but it went well last year.
Here’s a pic of the 5 white bluebird eggs that I took a couple days ago. The lighting is different this time and they look more white to me.April 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm #1587
TammyMay 5, 2016 at 11:53 am #1736
Unfortunately only 2 of the 5 eggs have hatched. First egg hatched around 8:30 AM on May 3rd… the second one not long after that but it is now almost 11 AM on May 5th. I guess I should remove the 3 eggs if they don’t hatch tomorrow (it will have been 3 days+ since the first one hatched)?May 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm #1737David in Stafford,VAParticipant
Hang on for a day or 2. If the last egg was laid on 4/19 you whould expect all hatchings completed by May 3. I would wait until tomorrow or Saturday before removing them.
Stafford, VAMay 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm #1738
Hi David, the first egg hatched 5/3 so I will remove unhatched eggs on Saturday (5/7). Hope there is not still 3 of them though. Thanks.May 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm #1739The Original Bluebird NutAdmi-nut-strator
Technically, you don’t have to remove them at all. In the wild, birds don’t have people to remove the eggs for them. Unless they break (which isn’t common), there’s no need to remove them.
TMB StudiosMay 5, 2016 at 3:04 pm #1741
But isn’t it better to remove them to prevent problems (like if they break)?May 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm #1744dogsandbirdsModerator
Somebody here had one break this season so it’s another judgment call. If you can get the unhatched out easily then go ahead and take them out Saturday or so. A plastic spoon works great because it easily slips under the egg.
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