Eggs hatch

Wichitas 215Our first brood of chicks for 2016 is hatched!  Five eggs hatched on 27 March and the final egg the following day.  The bluebirds are busy hunting tiny bugs to feed these tiny babies.  The parents instinctively know to match the size of insects to the size of the babies.

Six chicks is a big brood.  I’ve only had six one time before.  It’s a full time job for the parents to keep them fed and poop ferried out of the nest.  The poop of young cavity nesters is encased in a gelantinous membrane that prevents nest fouling.  It’s pretty much food in, poop out.  The parents emerge with a fecal sac almost every feeding.  When the chicks are close to fledging they will fill the nest to over-flowing.

The chicks are still in danger of being killed by House Sparrows, but there are only a IMG_0231 copyfew around and the Sparrow Spooker seems to be keeping them away from the box.  Heat is not a factor with first broods, so the stage is set for a successful fledging.  The chicks will leave the nest at 17-18 days, so they should fledge about 13 April.  Once bluebird chicks leave the nest, they don’t return.  Within a month they can fend for themselves.



Total chicks fledged from this site is 61.

First Brood 2016

  • First sign of nest building                                                 01 March
  • Nest completed                                                                   07 March
  • First egg                                                                                09 March
  • Second egg                                                                           10 March
  • Third egg                                                                              11 March
  • Fourth egg                                                                            12 March
  • Fifth egg                                                                                13 March
  • Six egg                                                                                   14 March
  • Incubation begins                                                               15 March
  • Five eggs hatch                                                                    27 March
  • Sixth egg hatches                                                                28 March




About lindell dillon

Lindell Dillon is retired and lives in Norman, OK. He grew up in Duncan, attended Cameron College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. His interests include photography, nature, birding, and investing. Oklahoma Master Naturalist, alumnus Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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5 Responses to Eggs hatch

  1. Margaret says:

    Well done to the parents, and kudos to you, Lindell. Without the interventions so diligently carried out by yourself and other hosts, the Bluebirds wouldn’t stand a chance. I’ll wait (impatiently) for updates.

  2. Susan says:

    Congratulations to parents and hosts. Those babies are beautiful. I look forward to hearing their melodious voices around our neighborhood; hopefully for years to come.

  3. Glad your birds are back on track! Hope your cat owning neighbor is keeping it inside.

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