Our babies hatched on June 7, 8, and 9th and now are about 13 days old. It is amazing how much they have grown. Today we decided to add more nesting material because the little ones were snuggled up on the plastic. We took each one out, inspected them for any bugs and put them in a comfy box. Fahad, Caden, and Mrs. Campbell all helped in this fun process! It is neat to see how more developed the last one born is compared to the first born! Mrs. Snyder came with us today and was eager to hold them since this was her first time to see them live! I will post a slideshow soon of the recent pictures! I have been looking in our Stokes Purple Martin Book and this is what is says about the age of our martins:
By day 14 emerging feather tips on wings and tail are about 1/4-1/2 inch long and the body and head are covered with feathers. You can still see pin feathers on the back and the whitish sheaths of the wing and tail feathers. At this age the nestlings will begin to show fear when the nest compartment is opened.
Our observations match this info exactly! Luckily we checked them today because one of the babies was actually quite close to the entrance! I sure don't want any of them falling out! Until next time..enjoy our new photos!
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