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hellsbells



Joined: 12 Apr 2011
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Location: Cheshire

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:14 pm    Post subject: Strange behaviour in the nest Reply with quote

I hope someone might have the answer to my question.
We have Mrs Bluetit bringing up 4 chicks on her own. She is looking very worse for wear and has lost most of her head feathers, which we had put down to mites.
She has started to dig in the nest, digging deep below the chicks. Sometimes it appears shes almost squashing them, turning them upside down.
We're are guessing that there are mites or wriggly things in the nest that shes trying to get rid of, but does anyone else have any explanations?

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merton



Joined: 11 May 2005
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Location: Merton, Oxfordshire

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What you describe is actually typical blue tit behaviour. All females seem to spend a huge amount of time with their heads down, rooting around at the bottom of the nest. It looks as if they might be cleaning, or perhaps they are just doing something with the nesting material to maintain the shape of the cup. The truth is we don't really know why they do it.

It can look disturbing as the action is quite vigorous and you'd think it might break the eggs or injure the chicks. But somehow this never happens.
So don't worry, you will soon get used to seeing this little ritual!
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hellsbells



Joined: 12 Apr 2011
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Location: Cheshire

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 2:51 pm    Post subject: Thank you Reply with quote

Thanks for your reply. At least I know that it's normal behaviour and know for future reference.
Unfortunately, down to 3 chicks this morning. Hopefully not long before the others fledge so I can get in there and take it out. Not sure what affect it will have on the others until then? Sad

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