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brent
Posts: 161
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Hi everyone,

I have a question about what to do if an egg did not hatch in the bluebird clutch. It has been 3 days since the other bluebird chicks have hatched and I'm wondering if the parent birds remove the egg or do I have to do it myself? If I do it, how much longer should I wait before it's done and how do you go about doing it? Thanks for any replies.

Brent
Black Jack
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Joined: Mon May 06, 2019 4:37 pm
Location: NC

Just leave it.
sugarcreek
Posts: 214
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

They will remove it when they are ready
2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments ?
flyin-lowe
Posts: 2898
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

In my martins nests I always confirm via my notes when the eggs should hatch. I give them about 5 days after that and if one hasn't hatched I remove it, just to avoid a potential mess if one of the parents break it coming in and out. Typically all the eggs should hatch pretty close to one another, so after a few days I know for sure it's a dud.
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
brent
Posts: 161
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Location: Raceland, Louisiana

Thank you all for the replies.
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