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Things could really get egg-quoting for Big Bear eagles Jackie and Shadow in the coming days

The beloved bald eagle pair you can’t take your eyes off of is still preparing for the arrival of their young.

Jackie and Shadow have spent the past month caring for the puppies, taking shifts to watch over them, keeping them nice and warm and cleaning up the nest, just as any expectant parent would do.

It won’t be long before the clutch is expected to hatch, with Friends of Big Bear Valley predicting the chicks could be running around the nest in March, USA TODAY previously reported.

Things are still getting “exciting,” although “no Pip has been confirmed yet,” Friends of Big Bear Valley and Big Bear Eagle Nest Cam wrote on Facebook early Friday morning.

Sandy Steers, executive director of Friends of Big Bear Valley, told USA TODAY that the group began “pip watch” on Thursday, which marks the 35th day the first egg was laid.

Here’s what we know, including when the pairing could materialize.

How soon can we expect Jackie and Shadow chicks?

Devoted fans may be able to catch a glimpse of at least one newborn chick early next week, Steers said.

Eagle chicks are generally born about 35 days after laying, and based on timing, Jackie laid her first egg on January 25; the other two followed on January 28 and 31 – observers believe they could start hatching on Sunday or Monday.

“It’s kind of up to the chick itself to decide when it’s ready,” Steers said, adding that incubation time and other environmental factors can affect how quickly the chicks develop, Steers said.

What is the latest Jackie and Shadow update?

Not much has changed from week to week, with the devoted pair taking on varied tasks and guarding eggs on a daily basis.

More than 670,000 people are excitedly awaiting the arrival of the three chicks, who have brought “so much joy” to the surrounding community and the world at large.

What makes the development much more exciting is that these eggs are the flock’s first since two eggs failed to hatch last year.

The couple has produced fourteen eggs, including the newest, since first mating six years ago. Of these, only two ultimately survived.

Jackie and Shadow spent the past week dealing with rainy weather, redecorating the nursery with branches and twigs, chatting with each other, and hatching the young.

The young family is doing well for themselves, says Steers, both Shadow and Jackie are healthy, keep a close eye on each other, eat well and come in when the other is needed.

“Even though she is [Jackie] Since she was covered in snow several times during the last snowstorm, she just stands up and shakes it off. And she’s doing well,” says Steers.

They are also very devoted to these eggs in a way never seen before, never leaving the eggs for more than a few seconds.

“This time they are very thoughtful,” Steers said.

Contributors: Amanda Lee Myers; USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Eagle couple Jackie and Shadow may have some new nest additions coming soon

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