July 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm #5608
Mine just laid an egg WAY too late in South Alabama. I have a styrofoam roof deployed, my box has two side vents. I am super nervous about deploying a wren guard as it would cover the front hole. Would I be foolish not to? I am theorizing that the wrens may be smarter than the blues and giving up for the season?July 15, 2017 at 6:51 pm #5615Carol – Mid-Mo.Participant
Lisa, I too was concerned about covering my Gilwood box hole (which is a bit oval), but Gin reminded me that it was the side vents that provide the necessary ventilation, think air flow from one side through the other. I do believe you need the Styrofoam on the west & south sides of the box, also. That west sun bearing down on the back (at least that is the way mine faces) of the box is horribly hot. As far as wrens giving up, I don’t know what to tell you about that there in Alabama. I still have a wren singing away wanting to find a mate and has started a nest (several times) in one of my boxes. I just keep taking out a few sticks at a time, and it keeps him busy. I have 4 baby blues just 3 days old so this is still a dangerous time for them. I do have a wren guard on, plus my foam heat shield and NO shade! So I am a little anxious, also, about the heat this coming week. But I have done all I can at this time.July 15, 2017 at 7:07 pm #5616
Thanks Carol! That answered pretty much all of my concerns!July 15, 2017 at 9:26 pm #5617
I just made a new wren guard for my box today. I can’t really use a shoe box because my house has a triangular gable in the front. My old one was made out of cardboard and covered with packing tape, but we have had just too many storms around here and it got soggy. I was afraid it would sag down and block the hole, so I had to take it down. I went to a craft store and bought a few small sheets of balsa wood. I cut it, glued and tacked the sides, sprayed it with Thompson’s water seal, and put it on the house today. I actually think it may help to cool the house because it casts more shade. I left 3.5 inches of space from the hole to the front of the guard. It’s really sturdy, but the only thing I don’t like is that I can’t open the lid of the house with it on. I will have to open the side to monitor the eggs/babies. I don’t have the plexiglass in mine.
PennsylvaniaJuly 15, 2017 at 10:24 pm #5621
Sounds like a good Sunday project for me! Thank you! Wrens are still around but I was hoping they were done with mating mode…unlike my crazy blues!July 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm #5628
Shoebox wren guard up and it reall does seem to provide more shade. Mama was in within 30 minutes.July 16, 2017 at 12:29 pm #5629
Second egg today. I wouldn’t be sad if she stopped at two.July 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm #5631
Good luck with those eggs. I have five eggs in the nest. Today is day 13 from the last egg being laid. I was looking for hatching yesterday, but as of the evening, it was just eggs. I was on an outing today since morning, so I haven’t had a chance to see if any hatching went on while I was gone. I like to wait until evening to check the box because I usually spot the parents sitting together on my pool fence. I prefer checking when I know she’s not in there. It has been terribly hot and humid for the past two weeks, I hope the eggs are okay.
PennsylvaniaJuly 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm #5652
Hope yours are OK! Number 3 arrived today. I sure hope they know more than I do because the heat here can be brutal. Surprisingly the 10 day forecast has only on day of 90 degrees. Very unusual for here. Humidity 83% but I don’t think humidity is harmful to the birds?July 17, 2017 at 3:52 pm #5662dogsandbirdsModerator
They don’t seem to mind humidity. I wish I could be like them.
Atlanta, GAJuly 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm #5667
Hopefully Gin! As I posted on another thread I think she’s incubating because I accidentally flushed her at 3 PM trying to straighten my sparrow spooker. I know nobody prays for less eggs but I sure am…..July 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm #5668
The eggs all hatched yesterday. I have seen the parents a little bit, but they aren’t into a full feeding frenzy yet.
PennsylvaniaJuly 17, 2017 at 10:55 pm #5690
Yay! Congrats on a successful hatch!July 21, 2017 at 9:43 pm #5741SassyParticipant
Congrats Susan on the second successful hatch. Not as hot here in this area of PA, no 90 degree day so far, in the 80’s and quite humid the last few days.
Connie (PA)July 21, 2017 at 11:06 pm #5749
10 day forecast is all 80’s. Unreal for my location. They decided to stop at 4. Thank goodness! All shiny and healthy looking. Trying not to get hopes up but have plenty of juicy mealworms waiting….
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