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Yes nature can be very cruel Marilyn. I know everything needs to eat but there are thousands of mice in the fields behind me for the hawks and other prey birds. They don't have to keep coming after my chickens. I'll check in a few days to see how they're doing.
They are better looking. It is sad but chick losses happen. Feistyfreddy won't be told off by me either. Sometimes an air rifle is the best instrument to use.
You won't get told off by me Hester. I have an air rifle and I hate see the prey birds lurking. The sea gulls used to cruise overhead when there were new chicks and no net. They will easily grab those and carry them off.
What a shame, Edie. I have been woken the last two mornings by magpies attacking the nests of the blackbirds and hedge sparrows in the conifer hedge about 12 ft from our bedroom window. I fear I have been too late chasing them off, ( although the sight of me shouting and waving madly in a state of nekkidness would frighten the strongest of men!! )Today I haven't seen the female blackbird gathering worms so I think the evil so and sos may have had all her brood. When they discover a nest they keep coming back till they have had all the eggs or chicks. I may resort to the air rifle. Oops, bet I get told off for that! ;-)
Usually the parents will push them out before they die Gail. If there are four chicks that hatch the smallest is almost always discarded. Not usually the case with three unless one was smaller so they got rid of it. The chickens may have eaten eat but I did find a dead blue jay chick in the chicken area a couple of weeks ago and they hadn't touched that.
That's too bad, Edie. Do you think one might have died and one of the parents pushed it out and the chickens ate it?
Your welcome Ardy. We'll keep our fingers crossed for them :-))
Good luck, little ones. Hope you make it. Thanks, Edie.
Thanks Barb and Kathy. I looked under the tree where the nest is but there's no sign of the third one. However the nest is in the chicken area so, enough said......
Thanks for the update - so interesting!
Gosh, I sure hope they make it, Edie.
I agree Florrie. I'll check back in a few days and see how they're doing.