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Old 05-05-17, 03:28 PM
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Default Blue Tit nest - would you intervene ?

Hi,

For the 3rd year running we are enjoying watching a Blue Tit nest in our camera equipped nest box.

As in previous years, as the chicks have started to grow, the mother bird has enlarged the cup by pushing the sides out. This year however she's gone at it like a thing possessed and has basically tunneled under the surface of the nest, to the point where all but her tail disappears from view.

This has meant that the lip of the cup has started to fold over on itself and reduced the opening of the cup to more of a slit. This means some chicks are struggling to get their heads up for food.

I'm tempted to lift the lid of the box and pull back this collapsed side, what d'you think ?
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Old 05-05-17, 05:46 PM
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If you're certain there's a problem and can do it without disturbing the adult birds, I don't think there's much harm in trying, although 'proper' advice would be to let nature take it's course.
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Old 05-05-17, 06:11 PM
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It's got worse since posting so I made an executive decision to intervene.

The parents were straight back in afterwards and a pot full of live mealworms has kept us on good terms I think

Totally hear what you're saying and agree - I've never intervened before. Only the biggest 5 chicks were actually evident in the slit and once I'd carefully moved the lip back, there were a further 3 chicks in good condition, so maybe they were getting food.

Thanks for your input.

All the very best.
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Old 06-05-17, 05:09 AM
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All the advice from most people would be, leave well alone.
the birds know what they are doing, and in nature although
it may seem harsh there is always a reason.
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