What to do when you find a Bird’s Nest with Baby Birds
From time to time you may find an abandoned Bird Nest containing baby birds. This can be for many reasons, the mother bird may be dead or scared off so will not return. Before you do anything, make sure that you are certain that no parental birds will be returning by monitoring the nest for a day. If you interfere with the birds without knowing the mother bird will be returning, the mother bird may try to protect their offspring.
If no birds return then you can choose to leave them to let nature run its course or you can carefully intervene. However you do not want to handle the birds too much. It is best for them to support themselves as much as possible.
If you find a nest with baby birds, again monitor them to see if they are able to look after themselves. If they are then it is best to leave them to learn and fend for themselves. If you notice that they do need help, then keeping it in it's original nest is important - this will keep the bird(s) more comfortable and reduce stress. You can then move the nest with the bird to safer area which is protected from weather if it isn't already. If you find a bird that is out of its nest, try and find the nest and return them to it. If you cannot find the nest, cannot reach it or if it is damaged, either make one or use a basket lined with tissue or grass clippings.
If you feel that they bird is in danger and cannot find a suitable place to put the nest then you can create a bed in a shoe box, covering the top with newspaper or something similar and keep it indoors. Make sure the temperature is not too warm though and ensure to poke a few holes in whatever is covering the top. If you begin to orphan this bird, seek guidance for experts as it can be illegal to do this and it may not be good for the bird.
Overall, if you find an abandoned baby bird you must make sure it is in its nest and hope that a parent bird returns however failing this it is best to seek advice if you feel it is in danger or cannot survive alone as every situation is different. Do not try and feed the bird however because they have specific dietary conditions. Their mothers will usually feed them insect 3 – 4 times every hour.
Although it may seem helpful and kind to help a bird if you find it alone, you can do some things to help but others can be more of a hindrance so make sure you know this before interfering.
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