I’m in Mobile, Alabama. I’ve only had my nesting box up 4 years and have had bluebird chicks the previous 2 years. This is by far the earliest the bluebirds have laid eggs. I think the very mild winter we had is a factor.
Having a cold spell but I think the babies survived it. The parents are still feeding them. I don’t know how many chicks as I can’t see the nest. Unable to post a photo. If I’m E-mailed I will reply with a photo….. email@example.com
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Crazy, crazy! Sure hope they survive – do you think you need to put insulation around the box to keep it warmer? You would just put the foam directly against the wood, not with spacers like you do when trying to keep the heat OUT. I have done this before when I had eggs, not babies, and it turned unusually cold. I even wrapped the foam in plastic to keep it warmer. If I remember correctly, they did survive a pretty cold spell, eggs that is, not babies. Best of luck.
We had temps in the upper 20’s the past few nights, but tonight is supposed to be just above freezing and then warm up some next week.
Snow earlier this week now in the low 40s. Maybe in to 50s next week. Should be about time for the birds to get serious about building nests. The robins in the area are starting to battle over nesting locations.
They stop by occasionally in winter. They roost on the curtain rod I installed as a perch and check out the nesting box.\
We had a very mild winter here in Mobile, Alabama which I believe is the reason they built a nest so early in February. The eggs hatched last week and the chicks are getting fed often by the parents.