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August 13, 2013


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Janet, chickadees don't remove any nest material, so maybe something did get in there. Hopefully not before they fledged!
Check out this post about how to keep a nestbox safe for the chickadees: http://wildbirdsunlimited.typepad.com/the_zen_birdfeeder/2015/05/how-to-help-nestboxes-full-chickadees.html

Janet Lyon

Our nest box had 5 chickadee young, which have apparently fledged. But all the nesting material is now also gone. Do they remove the nest after the young fledged, or did something else maybe get in there. I'm hoping something didn't get to the young before they fledged.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Miriam, the jays did get some of the mealworms I put out for the chickadees, but not all. To deter the jays, put the live mealworms in a feeder they can't access, like one with a dome that could be lowered to allow chickadees in but not bigger birds like jays.
Wild Birds Unlimited sells on called the Dinner Bell which could be used for mealworms as well as other birdfood. You can see it online at http://shop.wbu.com/products/productdetail/part_number=3488/567.0?os=354
Thanks for your question and happy birdfeeding!


thank you for your pictures and information! I am very curious when I have put out meal worms for blue birds or chickadees the Blue Jays will come and clean them all up in one or two visits. What do you do to keep this from happening?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Diane, you make me so happy! Congratulations on your chickadees and I'm so glad you found and enjoyed the video of chickadees fledging. It STILL makes me smile to watch it and I'm so happy you liked it too!


Thank you for this wonderful photo journal. My baby chickadees flew out of my bird house today while I was out and I did not get to see it so I was really glad to see the video of two of your baby chickadees flying out for the first time.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Kimberly, some birds routinely use animal hair like alpaca, as well as dog and cat hair, to line their nests. It provides a nice soft surface for those growing nestlings!

Kimberly Buechner Fouse

Thank you for sharing how alpaca fiber makes such wonderful nesting material!


Thank you... this is terrific and I will share it with my little granddaughters who are developing a wonderful love of the outdoors and nature.


Loved the photo journal! We're newbies to the bird world and chickadees are our favorites. We put out a nest box for the first time this year and were thrilled to have a pair choose to nest there. Quick question--should I clean out the nest now that everyone is gone? There was a red-breasted nuthatch checking it out a couple days ago but it seems a little late in the year, isn't it?


Wonderful photo journal! I really enjoyed the story of this chickadee nest.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Kathleen, thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I just love watching the whole process. It goes so fast!!
eli, thank you and congrats on your first chickadee!
Joyce, glad you liked the post and the video. Seeing the first flight is REALLY special. Just think, a once-in-a-lifetime thing for that little bird!

Joyce Conley

Thank you so much for sharing this. I especially loved the little mouths open and the video of two of the first flights. The second one took some time to get to lift-off!


What a beautiful post! I spotted my first backyard chickadee visitors this summer. Quite a treat for me.

Kathleen Cameron

This is a wonderful series of photos documenting the process and progress of this brood of Chickadees. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this and for sharing.

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