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Thread subject: raining? backup plan?
Name Date Message
Dorothy 05/31/04 04:36 pm No sun, sounds like rain? For those of you more experienced at observing (which is all of you since I'm new at it!), is it surprising that the 4th chick has even survived this long? I don't expect it to survive -- I guess the 3rd and 4th eggs are like "backup" eggs in case the first two meet some type of demise?
Mickey 05/31/04 08:04 pm Hi Dorothy.I can only give you my impression. Im surprised as all heck that #4 made it half as long as it has. Anyone looking at the sizes can tell what the outcome for #4 will be. And once the mouth to mouth feeding ceases and the chicks learn to feed themselves theres another level of "tension" that enters into the nest between the chicks.No one can say for sure but I agree with your "backup" scenario.
Dorothy 05/31/04 10:00 pm Thanks Mickey for info- well the surviving chicks are at least thriving. #3 has had its share of difficulty getting food and being pecked on, but it at least gets to the dinner table. Hopefully it will get stronger to fledge successfully and reach adulthood.
Celeste 06/01/04 04:58 am When I was witnessing the very early feedings yesterday my gut feeling for #4 wasn't good, and in a way I hope it is verified that he is gone today so that the suffering isn't prolonged. Last years was the wettest spring on record, and the 4th chick barely survived a day and of course all the abuse was focused on #3. I am hoping that because #4 lived a bit longer, that #3 has had enough feeding to "fend" off the abuse that will probably be directed at him, and perhaps we will be lucky to have a successful nest of 3 this year.

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