New nest & eggs – lots of fledglings eating worms!

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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      Oh, what fun – I am watching my group of fledglings from nest #1 (out of box about 2 weeks ago) eat at the worm bowl, begging for worms from mama & papa and just flopping their wings & fluttering around! Lot of fun to watch. In the meantimw mama blue is incubating 4 eggs so we will have babies from nest #2 soon, hopefully. This season started off on a slow note but has definitely picked up activity!

      #6637

      It sounds like it is busy around your place. It is so much fun to watch the young bbs at the feeder. Get a photo if you can.

      David
      Stafford, VA

      #6638
      blue diamonds
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        Carol…..how exciting! Congratulations. I would love to see all the fledglings hanging out eating worms. Do you feed dried mealworms or fresh? I have a feeder with dried mealworms, but I don’t see them eating them. Guess they like to catch their own fresh bugs.

        Judy-Michigan

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        #6640
        Carol – Mid-Mo.
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          David & Judy, thanks – I will try to get a photo of babies eating but it is very hard to catch them in action they are so fast! And Judy, I feed only live mealworms – never tried the dried but I understand some do use them but it is hard to get them interested. I know since my blues are used to the live worms it would be useless for me to try the dried. The live are kind of a pain to take care of but well worth the reward!

          #6642
          Carol – Mid-Mo.
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            Going to try to post picture of papa feeding juvenile on top of cage feeder – had to take pic from inside my house through window and toward the west – pictures here are always on the dark side. Can always zoom in on picture to see better – can actually see the worm being passed to juvenile. Could never get all of them in picture at once.
            papa feeding juvenile

            #6643
            Sassy
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              So exciting to see the little one fed. I have the live mealworms too, they were not interested in them until the young hatched. Now they look forward to them. I have not tried mixing the dried with the live, but I might as the little ones get bigger.
              Connie (PA)

              #6650
              Carol – Mid-Mo.
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                Well, it is 92 degrees right now with heat index of 107 degrees! I do have a heat shield on the new box with nest #2 and even have an extra layer of huge styrofoam on top of the regular one. We had about 3 inches of rain (well needed) yesterday & last night, with blowing winds really bad. I was afraid that new box have gotten wet because of the blowing rain, but looked in today and it was dry as a bone! I am going to be a firm believer of a very oversized roof on any new box, as I truly believe this is what kept the box dry was the huge styrofoam top. It probably overlaps the wooden top by 3 or 4 inches all the way around. The next several days will be in the upper 90’s and heat index way over 100 degrees. Hope those eggs make it okay!

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