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Beechnut



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news Meryl, pleased to know someone else has started.

It seems that GTs are streets in front of the Blueys this year.

My Bella has been sitting on six eggs for two days. It is a smallish clutch but I think the weather might have something to do with it.

It's supposed to be getting warmer (around 20 C) at the weekend so that may cause a flurry of activity - we'll see.
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MerylT



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have 7 eggs and Mrs GT started brooding yesterday.
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blueeyedchick



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beechnut
Wondered if you were going to join us this season super news to hear you have a GT nest again with eggs!! I expect the home made feeder is out again? Laughing

Meryl
Same to you-good news all round. Would love a GT nest as I say every year all I get are roosters but mustn't grumble.
Good luck to both you & Beechnut Fingers crossed Banana!
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MerylT



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The eggs are continuing to be incubated by Mrs GT. She seems to spend a lot of time sleeping with her head under her wing during the day - very cool and collected.

We discovered at the weekend we have a blackbird nest in the clematis hanging over a back fence. First one we've had as far as I know. Slightly worried for when the chicks fledge as there are our 4 cats and another unneutered male who wander past the base of the fence to get into other gardens. We've see male and female carrying worms into the clematis and hear excited twittering seconds later.

All happening!

Meryl
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xxMariaxx



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds great Meryl
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MerylT



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have noticed that 2 of the eggs have just hatched. We weren't expecting them to until Weds and this is a bit of a surprise. Mrs GT has eaten all the shells and is brooding on the nest.

The weather is rather cold and rainy here with gales and heavy rain tomorrow. Have ordered mealworms but they won;t get here until Tuesday probably - let's hope Mr GT is up to the task!

Meryl
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WildlifePaul



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully she can cope in that weather Fingers crossed
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Beechnut



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good News Meryl! Banana!

Good to get another GT family on the forum.

That's about right for hatching - 12-14 days.

Best of luck for the rest.
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MerylT



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems that 5 of the eggs are hatched and the other 2 aren't likely to. Both parents feeding the chicks. The male might have found someone else's store of mealworms as he is bringing these in rather regularly!
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SueP



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for him Meryl lol. All sounding positive.
Sue
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MerylT



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other 2 eggs have hatched, giving 7 chicks. They are getting lots of food from Mr and Mrs GT through the day although it is rather dreary here.
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Beechnut



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Meryl

Hope things go well for your chicks. I'll be watching the updates. Applause
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sammi



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope the cold weather doesn't affect them...... Fingers crossed Fingers crossed
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MerylT



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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We got through the rain yesterday and they found a decent amount of food.

Our mini mealworms came today and my master plan of getting them used to feeding from dried mealworm feeder and flutter butter worked a treat as we put out mealworms in the 2 places and they found them pretty much straightaway.

They are stuffing the chicks - how much is too much? Sometimes the chicks don't open their mouths as they seem to be almost too replete! They are growing faster than in previous years - something we hadn't realised as we've almost always had single parent families.
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blueeyedchick



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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meryl That is really good to hear. Have you tried the mini waxworms? If you do buy some put them in a separate feeder as Paul said last year (I think) that the Mealies will eat the Waxies!!!! Sure that was right Paul will no doubt put me right if I am wrong -won't you Paul Roll on the floor laughing
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