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I have a blue bird nest with babies.  I found the male bluebird dead two days ago outside of the box.  I walked past the box today and the babies are churping very loudly.  I have never heard them before. Should I try to feed the babies or do you think Mom will take care of them.

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Usually one parent can raise them if they are big enough not to require brooding to keep warm (The male does not have a brood patch). If they are calling loudly hopefully nothing has happened to the female. Do not try to raise them. It is actually illegal and almost impossible to do it right. Even if you can feed them to adulthood you could not teach them to forage or to know predators.

You can contact rehabilitators at http://www.sialis.org/emergency.htm

Also if you don't have my free Bluebird book please send your mailing address to me at walshaw1@cox.net. Good luck. Bluebird Bob Walshaw.

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