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Day 10 - you wouldn't believe how big the babies are now

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Without showing you pictures or video it's very difficult to describe just how quickly the new babies are growing. However, I hope to have a much better quality camera fitted next time around so you will be able to see high-definition video live on the Internet showing the blue tits throughout the whole breeding process.

The babies have now opened their eyes as far as I can tell and they all have a substantial amount of downy feather growth. There are still four babies as five of the eggs failed to hatch. Both female and male are in an out of the box all day long feeding the babies on what appear to be small caterpillars.

The male or the female will often put a caterpillar in the mouth of the baby and then wait for the baby to produce a sack of faeces which they then take out of the box and dispose of. Strangely, this is my favourite part of the feeding. It's lovely to see them stick their little backsides in the air and produce this huge turd. Mind you, the female was swallowing the faeces when they first hatched, I think there are a little bit too big to swallow now.

I would imagine that in a weeks time these babies are going to be well on the way and I don't suppose will be very long before they fledge, not at the rate they are growing at.

Come back for more updates in a few days time

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I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham.  I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident.  Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC.  Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio.  I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid

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