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Blue Tit Chick Hatching



Blue Tit Chick Hatching

Filmed inside a nestbox with a HD camcorder this video shows a Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) chick as it hatches from an egg.
There are 5 eggs and 3 newly hatched chicks in the box. The eggs are tiny and are only 16mm long x 12 mm wide (0.6 x 0.47 inch).

The video is unedited to show events in real time and has the following content.
Video Timeline
21" Male can be heard calling from outside of the nestbox, female replies then leaves
30" 5 un-hatched eggs and 3 newly hatched chicks moving about in the nest cup
38" The egg at the top of the screen starts to break as the chick breaks through the shell
1' Chick begs for food while another break appears in the egg above
1'24" The egg now has a series of breaks around the middle
2'18" The chick stretches it's body inside the egg and a large crack appears in the egg
3'45" Using all it's strength the chick finally starts to break free
4'40" Female parent arrives back at the nestbox and starts to assist the chick to break free by eating/pulling the egg shell of the chicks head
7' Female parent removes the lower part of the egg shell from the chick and starts to eats it.
7'18" Male parent arrives with a green caterpillar and gives it to the female parent
8' Male parent leaves the nestbox while the female tries to feed the caterpillar to the chicks. The chicks are not hungry so she eats it herself
8'30" Female Parent continues to eat the lower part of the egg shell
9'13" Female parent leaves the nestbox with the remnants of the egg in her beak
10' Female parent returns to sit on the nest and do some clearing up of the nest cup





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