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I've got a Carolina Wren nested in my garage in PA.  She's been sitting on eggs for close to, if not more, than two weeks.  I'm starting to get concerned that there may be a problem.

Will she give up at some point if the eggs aren't good?  I made the mistake of not closing my garage door and she and another bird decided the garage was a great place to raise a family.  I't like to regain access to the garage as the summer is moving along but I don't want to disturb her until she gets the babies out.

Hopefully someone has some expertise.  I haven't seen any sign of the male at all. 

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Love those birds....great personality.  No expertise here but have had them want to do the same in my garage so I keep it closed too.  Should be able to Google all about them.

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Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource ~ 

My place is nestled in a nicely wooded area.

Each spring / early summer we have a variety of nesters all over the place.

Often times very close to the entrences / exits with heavy human & canine traffic.

We just go about our business and let the chips fall where they may.

Nature can be and is often pretty brutal. 

Young chicks have a lot more to fear out there than us & our dogs.

I will say that I've learned to 'deter' the robins from nest building too close to the house or kennel.

They can get a little testy once the chick come and we were tired of getting 'dive bombed' 10 times a day.

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A-Jay

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1 hour ago, rothenbj said:

I've got a Carolina Wren nested in my garage in PA.  She's been sitting on eggs for close to, if not more, than two weeks.  I'm starting to get concerned that there may be a problem.

Will she give up at some point if the eggs aren't good?  I made the mistake of not closing my garage door and she and another bird decided the garage was a great place to raise a family.  I't like to regain access to the garage as the summer is moving along but I don't want to disturb her until she gets the babies out.

Hopefully someone has some expertise.  I haven't seen any sign of the male at all. 

I'm not familiar with your bird you're referring to but birds tend to know if there's a bad egg. Like @A-Jay we are surrounded by trees also so there's a ton of nesting birds. We have a pair of robins that have nested in the same bush off our porch for 4 years strait. They've become used to us so they don't try to attack anymore. We've noticed over the past couple years there'll be an egg or two missing from the previous day so I'm assuming they're getting rid of them. We've finally kicked them out this year after her nest was raided shortly after the eggs hatched. Over the past 4 years I've seen 2 babies live long enough to leave the nest. 

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20 hours ago, A-Jay said:

Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource ~ 

My place is nestled in a nicely wooded area.

Each spring / early summer we have a variety of nesters all over the place.

Often times very close to the entrences / exits with heavy human & canine traffic.

We just go about our business and let the chips fall where they may.

Nature can be and is often pretty brutal. 

Young chicks have a lot more to fear out there than us & our dogs.

I will say that I've learned to 'deter' the robins from nest building too close to the house or kennel.

They can get a little testy once the chick come and we were tired of getting 'dive bombed' 10 times a day.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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That sounds like my environment, deep in the woods for 22 years.  The last two have been the first with the garage issue and I think it might have been the result of taking down bird houses when y house was resided from aging cedar to vinyl.  Need to rehang I suppose.

I thought I saw a little head in with mom yesterday morning and it's good to hear they seem to know when there's a problem with an egg.  I definitely need to keep them out of the garage next year.  I've got quite a mess to clean up between the two families that took up residence this year.

I have a whole open woodshed that they could have used and did three years ago.  Maybe they'll relocate next year.  The birdhouses I took down were on an overhang on my front deck.  They got pretty used to people and dogs as they were close to the front door.  That also attracted some unwanted guests.

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I've lived in my current house for around 25 years.  I would say for 20 of those years, we have had a nesting pair of Carolina Wrens in the same nest in the garage on a high shelf behind an old portable boat seat.  I can't even imagine how many broods have come out of that nest.  I read where Carolina Wrens don't re-use nests but somebody forgot to tell the generations of birds that have used my garage.:lol:  I leave a side window cracked open for them to come and go because I got tired of them scolding me when I didn't get up early enough and open the garage door.  The only time it gets a little messy is when there are 5 or 6 fledglings learning to fly and learning what glass is and how to navigate out the open window.  The adults are so used to us that they will hop around your feet when you are in the garage.  They are hatching eggs right now and I expect little peepers here pretty soon.   

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I would say go about your business in the garage, those wrens won’t hurt ya and I doubt your activities would hurt them. If they get too scared, well then they shouldn’t have made a nest in a garage 

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