Date: 5/27/19 5:53 am
From: Dorothy Cooney <songbird51488...>
Subject: Re: Nestling demise
Thank you so much!

On Mon, May 27, 2019 at 7:03 AM Gail Miller <gail.miller...>
wrote:

> I am so sorry for this heartbreaking experience for you. I have two nest
> shelves on my front porch for the phoebes. Years ago, I noticed mites on
> the babies, so now I clean off the shelves in the Spring and dust them with
> diatomaceous earth (DE) to discourage mites. In the past few years, my
> phoebe had one clutch on one shelf, then built a second nest on the other
> shelf. So, I do believe your phoebe might nest again. You can order DE
> from Amazon, or sometimes find it at a health food store. Be sure and get
> FOOD GRADE and not POOL grade.
>
>
>
> Gail Miller
>
> Conway (Faulkner Co.) AR
>
>
>
> *From:* The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:
> <ARBIRD-L...>] *On Behalf Of *Dorothy Cooney
> *Sent:* Sunday, May 26, 2019 2:22 PM
> *To:* <ARBIRD-L...>
> *Subject:* Nestling demise
>
>
>
> I had 5 healthy, active phoebe nestlings yesterday. Today they are all
> dead! Two were on the ground below the nest, one still in the nest, and
> two MIA. There were hundreds of tiny bugs in and around the nest that
> looked like mites. Could that be what killed them? I removed the nest and
> cleaned the area. I love my birds and am heartbroken. Will Mama Phoebe
> nest again?
>
>
> --
>
> Dorothy Cooney
>
> Wickes, AR
>


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Dorothy Cooney
Wickes, AR

 
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