June 17, 2016 at 9:57 am #2405
So, my second attempt second clutch is moving along nicely Egg# 3 this morning. One thing that didn’t dawn on me though was the placement of this box. Notice it is close to the fence where a coon or cat can easily get on the box. If I move it a little bit (say 5 feet) each day for the next couple of days – what affect will this have? Has anyone had this problem before (probably not dumb enough to put a box this close to a fence, I know!!)
June 17, 2016 at 1:52 pm #2407Donna in WIParticipant
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You could easily move it 15 feet and they will follow.
Donna in WIJune 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm #2410BZ–W Ctrl MOParticipant
Definitely move it! My son wanted to attract EABB and put his box on a fence very similar to yours. He was so excited when he had five eggs, but the next day when he came home they were all gone. Apparently a snake had them for lunch.
BZJune 17, 2016 at 10:04 pm #2411David in Stafford,VAParticipant
Once they start laying in the box, it is home. Move it to safety now.
Stafford, VAJune 17, 2016 at 10:28 pm #2413Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Yes, move it before incubation begins – you will need to be very careful about not damaging the eggs when you put the pole in the ground. What are everyone’s thoughts on the best way to do this – leave nest & eggs alone in the box or take them out while the pole is being set? I have never done this, so I really don’t know what is best – just that those eggs are strong, but could be damaged by tamping the pole into the ground. Just thought of something – do you have another pole which you could put into a new location and then just attach the box with the eggs to that pole, thus relieving some possibility of bumping the eggs during the tamping of the first pole? Just a thought.June 17, 2016 at 10:35 pm #2414
This is a Troyer so the pole is actual 1/2″ conduit set onto rebar. I have another exact same set up with a Gilbertson so I plan to pound that rebar into the ground and then I can safely lift the current box off the existing rebar and gently slide it onto the newly relocated rebar! I will be extra careful. She has 3 eggs right now but I anticipate another egg tomorrow as she has not been on the nest all day – just around the box hunting and feeding Junior from the first fledge! I will do this around 10 tomorrow to be sure she has laid and minimal disturbance. Thanks everyone! I’m convinced to move it now!!!June 18, 2016 at 3:30 am #2416
Hey Rich- so glad you’re able to move it gently. Question: do you have a baffle on the pole?
Glad they’re moving forward for a 2nd brood! My 2nd brood nestlings are 14 days old. Yesterday was my last peak.
June 18, 2016 at 10:06 am #2418
I got it moved no problem this morning. Still 3 eggs so I think she will begin brooding now. I know typically they lay one less egg that the first clutch (where she had 4 with only 2 hatching and one surviving).
Momma took to it’s new location within 5 minutes!!! (Yes Nicole I do have it baffled with a stove pipe baffle!)June 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm #2419
Well, to my surprise egg #4 was laid this morning! Must have been just after I checked at 10 AM. A little late but I will take it. Mom and Pop had no problem accepting the new, safe location and in fact I feel much better about it because it is not only away from the fence, but in full shade during mid day so it will give better protection from blazing summer sun. Mom and Dad are very active around the box this afternoon so I suspect Momma is done laying and is now brooding. Fingers crossed!!!!June 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm #2421David in Stafford,VAParticipant
Mom and Dad are very active around the box this afternoon so I suspect Momma is done laying and is now brooding.
Or getting ready to lay egg #5. Most years I have had 5 in each clutch of eggs. This is the first year that I have gone from 5 to 4 on the second brood.
Stafford, VAJune 18, 2016 at 6:15 pm #2422Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Rich, glad you got it moved safely. For future reference, a female will usually lay her eggs in the morning sometime, but we always wait until noon or 1 p.m. to check. 10:00 a.m. would be a little early to see if an egg was laid. Sometimes, they are just later than others. You would not want to open the box if she were in the middle of laying her daily egg, as she would probably fly out and drop the egg. Something to think about & remember. (as if we don’t have enough to remember!)June 19, 2016 at 10:14 pm #2431
Yay, Rich! So glad you got it moved to a better/safer location! Hope you & your Mama have fertile eggs!
NicoleJune 19, 2016 at 10:17 pm #2432
Oh, & Rich, now I remember you saying you had a baffle. So hard to keep up!
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