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Bird nest with babies fell out of tree

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Snow, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Snow

    Snow Out Of The Brooder

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    This bird nest was knocked out of a pine tree this evening by my chickens attempting to roost in the tree. I found three babies on the ground near it that seem to be OK. Does anyone have any idea what kind of birds they are and whether it might be possible for me to raise them and then turn them loose? I have the nest in my incubator now and whenever I open the lid all the babies open their mouths for food. After I found the nest and brought it inside I saw what I think are the parents looking around for the nest and birds. I put it in a small tupperware container and duct taped it to the tree, left it alone for about a half hour but when I checked again didn't see the parents anywhere and it was almost dark then.

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  2. Redhead Hen

    Redhead Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would have tried to put them back in the tree. The parent birds should return. All the while I would keep an eye on them. If the parents don't return, call a nature center and ask them what to do. Maybe someone else here can help. I usually let nature take care of itself. But I'm sure someone here has raised baby birds and can help!

    Good Luck!!!

    ETA ~ or look online for a wildlife rescue. Don't call animal control, a zoo or a vet .... they will not help!
     
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  3. vtsarahb

    vtsarahb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh they are tiny! I would guess they are maybe wrens? I agree with Redhead Hen, call a nature center for advice. Good luck![​IMG]
     
  4. redneckgirl

    redneckgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah, call a wildlife rehabilitation center. poor babies! maybe try again to put them back in the tree?
     
  5. Snow

    Snow Out Of The Brooder

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    I did put the nest back in the tree, had to use tupperware and duct tape because there was no place I could reach that would hold it otherwise. The parents didn't come back by dark and now it's pouring down rain. Should I try to put it back in the tree again tomorrow? I'll Google for a nature center but don't know of any in this area. I have heard of people raising baby birds and setting them free though, just don't know how to do it.
     
  6. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    My 10 year old did this on May 23rd. 4 out of 5 were hatched, and it blew out of a tree. Our recipe was 1 scrambled egg, 1 container baby food turkey (chicken) and 1 container baby food carrots, 2 multi-vitamins, 2 big handfuls of watered down dog food and water ground down to a liquidy consistance.

    We now as of today have one left that has refused to learn how to feed amongst other birds...he is our "crusty" bird...they will get incredibly dirty. The others have 'flown the coop' so to speak...ours were/our cowbirds, but yours could be robins...they will want to fly away at 2 weeks, but need to be taught howto eat..... they are so adorable... pm me if you have questions...

    p.s. Don't feed them after dark and make sure they're under a light just like chicks, but not quite so hot...if they're staying up at night, they are either too cold or too warm. You'll know just by watching them....
     
  7. Snow

    Snow Out Of The Brooder

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    double post
     
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  8. Snow

    Snow Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, a June bug just flew into my house, I swatted it, tore it into little pieces and fed them to the baby birds, on the ends of toothpicks, and all three eagerly gobbled them up!

    Thanks for the info, Chicks4kids. How do I teach them to eat before they fly away? I could confine them to a dog crate outside.
     
  9. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    Wow! You have really got your work cut out for you. Forage for worms. You'll have to tear them up like you did the june bug. Also if you have a pet store close, you might be able to find some hand feeding baby bird food on the shelf. Perhaps someone with baby bird feeding experience will be able to fill you in on how to get these babies grown and flown.
     
  10. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I have to add that when we feed these birds with our "concoction" we use the eraer end of a pencil to feed them with....works wonderfully. Much better than a syringe or plunger.
     

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