I guess I’m not a very good eggologist. My prognostication of a 27 May hatch date is a little off. I didn’t check the eggs yesterday because of the bad weather, but checked this afternoon and was surprised to find two chicks and one unhatched egg. All the eggshell has been removed and the babies’ feathers are dry and fluffy, so they must have hatched this morning. Hatched on my grandson Greyson’s birthday.
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To get a more interesting photo, I used my old ‘cheeping trick’ to wake up a baby so he would beg. I always feel a little guilty about not delivering a meal. For the first few days, the adults catch very small bugs to feed the babies. It’s difficult to tell exactly what they are, but I’ve seen several spiders fed to previous hatches. After a few days, they will get a generous supplement of fat mealworms that will more than make up for a little trick.
Hopefully the remaining egg will hatch tomorrow.
Second brood summary:
- 07 May First egg laid
- 08 May Second egg laid
- 09 May Third egg laid
- 14 May Incubation began
- 25 May Two eggs hatched, one remaining