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3 years 9 months ago #780 by Dorothy
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Leaving apart the fact that it's really early for them to have started to breed are five eggs unusual for eastern blue birds.
The east coast of America has much colder winters than us but as you say the daylight hours would surely be a problem.
Really hope you get a good result.

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #783 by Peter Moore
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Hello Dorothy
there are several challenging facts here firstly if fertile and hatch will the female feed them and enough to survive ! will she be able to keep them warm enough ! will the Banded pittas eat them ? also as not having bred any Bluebirds before i dont know big the gape is on newly hatched chicks so i dont know what size Crickets to get so i will get small and the small/med that will cover that question,
they dont look like it but the adults have a large gape like most insect eating birds.

Time will tell. this is what this site is for learning about the many different species and there needs and to make notes so that we can provide what is needed to keep them happy.

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Bluebird/lifehistory#
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3 years 9 months ago #784 by Dorothy
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Must say I did wonder about the banded pittas nice snack for them.
Look forward to hearing about the progress of the eggs hope they are not clear but I imagine it's a possibility. But as you say it will keep her busy and she would lay again if taken away.

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3 years 9 months ago #785 by Peter Moore
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I know from experience that both the Blue winged pittas and the Hooded pittas will eat both the eggs and chicks of other birds as i have witnessed it myself when they ate my Rufus bellied niltavas eggs and chicks.
I will do a new post on Pittas but just to say the Banded pittas are totally different natured to the Hooded & Blue winged.

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3 years 9 months ago #790 by Peter Moore
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The female has stopped sitting only 1 of the 5 eggs was fertile as feared it was too cold for her to keep them warm.
I hope she is still as keen when the weather warms up.

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3 years 9 months ago #791 by Dorothy
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Let's hope so. For the last two years our silver eared Mesia have laid in early March and the first round has been clear but luckily they do ok when the warmer weather comes. Always leave them to sit.

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