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BB Schedules


It is very important to keep track of the time when events take place in a nest.  Here are some important times (Reference: for more details, see "Enjoying Bluebirds More, The Bluebird Landlord's Handbook," by Julie Zickefoose.)

Nesting times on average (Eastern Bluebirds:)

Nest Building: 1-6 days;  Egg laying: 5-7 days; Incubation: 12-14 days;

Brooding: 6 days; Fledging: 16-21 days (18 average.)

Nesting Schedule days after hatching (Day 1 is hatch day:)

Day 1: Bright Coral-pink skin, eyes closed.

Day 2-4: Wings, head, spine look bluish due to developing feathers under skin.

Day 5-7: Feather sheaths begin to emerge on wings.  Eyes still closed.

Day 7: First feathers burst from tip of sheaths.  Eyes open as slits.  Brooding by female stops.

Day 8-11: Eyes fully open.  Feathers continue to burst sheaths.

Day 11-12: Feathers of wing and tail reveal cobalt blue in males, duller gray-blue in females.  Female Eastern Bluebirds show white edging on outer tail feathers.

Day 13: Cut-off date for box checks.  Fully feathered young become increasingly active, and may fledge prematurely if box is open.

Day 14-22: Fledging and first flight.  Empty nest soiled, flattened.  Young remain in cover while parents bring food.

Day 28 on: Fledglings fly strongly, following parents who feed them.

Day 30 on: Fledglings feed unassisted.


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Please feel free to send me, Fawzi Emad, any corrections, observations, comments or questions.  Thank you!  (The tail feather on the left is from Koko, our Blue-Front Amazon Parrot.)