Time to fatten up Birds need to be in prime condition at the start of the breeding season - peanuts, black sunflower seeds and suet provide a valuable source of nutrients.
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Time to hatch The chicks hatch naked and blind and are most vulnerable at this time.
They need constant warmth, and the female will frequently sit on them.
Blue Tits have one of the largest clutch sizes of all birds - she may l ay up to 16 eggs, but the majority of clutches contain 8-12.
Staying put The female plucks away her feathers on her abdomen to create a bare patch (called a ‘brood patch’) to incubate the eggs.
Each chick can eat 100 caterpillars a day, so adults need to find as many as 1000 caterpillars a day for a brood of 10!