May 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm #1682
I kept reading all the hardships so many people were having here and was holding my breath.
Well looks like it’s hit. I have 5 one week old baby blues in my box that are looking good, unfortunately Daddy is mia. It is cold and rainy, mom is frantically working hard to feed and take fecal sacs out. I’m helping her out with extra live mealworms. I feel bad for her but I know there’s nothing more I can do. I’m holding on to hope that he might reappear but haven’t seen him at all since yesterday.😢May 1, 2016 at 8:06 pm #1685Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Yes, this is sad – but those week-old babies are big enough that mama can feed them some mealworms, but they will still need natural food. You are doing a big, big favor by helping her. Like you say, maybe papa will reappear – good luck.May 1, 2016 at 10:23 pm #1687
Momma literally looks frantic, which I understand she is!
This is probably a foolish question but is there anything else I can do?
I pray dad comes back, but know that’s a long shot.
You try so hard to do everything right, sorry, I guess I’m just looking for any suggestions or support! ThanksMay 2, 2016 at 8:50 am #1689Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Don’t believe there is anything more you can do – sometimes things are out of our human hands. Hang in there. The only thing I thought of is to have a songbird rehabber name & phone number ready in case mama cannot keep up with the feeding & the babies begin failing badly. But this would be an extreme thing to do & only as a last resort. Others, chime in here – puppygromer needs help.May 2, 2016 at 10:00 am #1691
Carol, my name is Lisa, thanks so much for your time and advice!
I am baffled. I wake up from a half sleepless night to find momma looking for worms. I am still seeing some Sparrows around so I set my two Van Erts in other boxes on my property. In about an hour I go out to check them. Both were triggered so I get my drst out thinking I’m going to put some “decoys” in my cage. I open the first box to find a male Bluebird! I open the second to find another!!!!!
They both took off, obviously. A little while later I see one up on a line wing waving, but she is not showing any interest. She is frantically going back and forth to box with no help. I’m thinking these are different males? Just wanted opinions.
I’m just going to sit back, ha ha, and watch.
Thanks again!May 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm #1694dogsandbirdsModerator
Lisa, you are doing all you can do by offering supplemental food. It’s hard but the female can feed them and herself with your help. The weather isn’t helping so SOMEBODY has to! Have you ever offered peanut butter suet? She would feed that to them. Just crumble some into the mealworm bowl. After she gives it a taste, she will take some to the nestbox.
Atlanta, GAMay 2, 2016 at 10:01 pm #1706
Thank you for the suet suggestion. For some reason I forgot all about that. I took all feeders down while the Blues we’re nesting.
I will try that tomorrow.
Today was so strange. One of the males that I caught this morning in the Van Ert hung around most of the day. He kept going into a different box on my property. It obviously isn’t daddy. He even did go close to the box with the 5 babies but seemed nervous about the spooker.
Mom seems to be keeping up, not as frantic as yesterday. She was catching quite a few bugs and certainly loving the mealies.
Could a new “man” take over so quickly? She seems to barely notice him!May 3, 2016 at 5:57 am #1710Love my blues!Participant
Lisa- I wish you & your Mama blue the best of luck. It sounds like she’s just focusing on those babies right now. Bless her heart (& yours). Hang in there!
NicoleMay 3, 2016 at 4:34 pm #1715dogsandbirdsModerator
Let’s hope she continues to ignore the new male. If she should get interested in him, there is a chance she will abandon these chicks and move on. Be watchful!
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