I’ve waited a little longer than I wanted to post an update because I wanted to be the bearer of good news. But there is none. Still three eggs in the nest and no indication that Mama Too is incubating them. I think she is young and experienced and just doesn’t know what to do. Both birds are around the back yard most of the time and very protective of the box.
Mama T. is showing wear on her feathers from going in and out of the box.
The eggs are now 10 days old. Normally bluebird eggs hatch in 12-14 days. I’ll wait until the eggs are 14-days old and then remove them and the nest and see if the birds will attempt another nesting. I suspect they will. I’m going to move the location of the nest box so that it will be shaded in the hot afternoon sun. I have the box mounted to a piece of electrical conduit and placed over a piece of re-bar like a sheath. The re-bar is driven into the red shale because its so hard you can’t dig a post hole. Mama got really heat stressed incubating last summer and the third and fourth clutch of eggs didn’t hatch. I’ll try to make it a little easier for Mama Too.
We’ll know the outcome of this clutch of eggs soon, and I’m afraid it won’t be positive.
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- Nest completed by previous female
- First egg laid 28 May
- Second egg 29 May
- Third egg 31 May