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  • #1499
    LantanaAl
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      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.

      Pale bluebird eggs with dents

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      #1501
      tamsea
      Moderator

        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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        Tammy

        #1532
        The Original Bluebird Nut
        Admi-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.


          Central NY
          TMB Studios

          #1537
          dogsandbirds
          Moderator

            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.

            Gin
            Atlanta, GA

            #1542
            LantanaAl
            Participant

              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.

              #1548
              tamsea
              Moderator

                Keep us posted.

                Tammy

                #1572
                Love my blues!
                Participant

                  That’s so cool that you have white eggs!

                  Nicole

                  #1580
                  LantanaAl
                  Participant

                    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.

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                    #1587
                    tamsea
                    Moderator

                      Looking good!

                      Tammy

                      #1736
                      LantanaAl
                      Participant

                        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)?

                        #1737

                        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.

                        David
                        Stafford, VA

                        #1738
                        LantanaAl
                        Participant

                          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.

                          #1739
                          The Original Bluebird Nut
                          Admi-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.


                            Central NY
                            TMB Studios

                            #1741
                            LantanaAl
                            Participant

                              But isn’t it better to remove them to prevent problems (like if they break)?

                              #1744
                              dogsandbirds
                              Moderator

                                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.

                                Gin
                                Atlanta, GA

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