ThisPA weather is just awful. Low 40s overnight and lashing rain. My bluebirds look about a week from fledging but are freezing and the nest is wet. Should i interfere somehow? I put mealworms all over on the trail. But they are barely moving.
Phillyblues, there is some information on sailis about preventing hypothermia in baby bluebirds. It gives instructions for changing out a wet nest and for preventing wet nests in the future. I hope this is helpful. http://www.sialis.org/hypo.htm
I have never had a wet nest, but if I did, I have saved a few unused nests for this purpose. If they are cold the wet nest is not helping. Sometimes they barely move when I check the box, so that doesn’t surprise me. Hope it warms up soon! Good luck.
Philly Blues – I had to change out a wet, moldy, nasty nest one year and the parents were not taking out the fecal sacs, either. It is a very intimidating procedure, but using common sense, information the the Sialis.org website and lots of prayers, I did get the job done, with lots of help from dear hubby. But only a week from fledging is a frightening thought to handle the babies and change out a nest, and you must have a saved old, unused nest to replace it.
Tammy, any help/ideas here?
P.S. Here in Mid-Missouri we are having the same weather – just down right cold and nasty wet!!!