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    Information about Baby Birds

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    When baby birds hatch they need very specific care and attention to make sure that they grown healthily. Before the arrival of bird babies, it is important to know just what to do while they are waiting to hatch. Once a baby bird is hatched, owners should know how to look after it. For advice on caring for baby birds and feeding baby birds, see the following guide. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Incubation
    Before baby birds hatch, the eggs need to be incubated. Depending on the bird species, incubation periods will be different.
    •    Cardinals = 11 to 14 days
    •    Blue jays = 17 to 18 days
    •    Red tailed hawk = 28 to 35 days
    •    Penguins = 56 to 57 days

    Hatching
    Once incubation is completed, it is time for the bird babies to hatch out of their eggs. When a baby bird is ready it will peck through the shell from inside until it cracks and breaks. The baby bird will then peck his way through and out.

    Conditions at Hatching
    The majority of bird babies are born blind. Each species behaves differently when they are born. Some will be weaker than others. Some may be slightly clumsy at first.

    Nesting
    Baby birds spend different amounts of time in the nest with their parents. While they are nesting it is the parents that have the responsibility of feeding baby birds. Baby bird feeding by bird parents often entails finding the food, chewing it and then regurgitating it into the bird babies’ mouths.

    Leaving the Nest
    The majority of baby birds stay in the nest with their parents until they are ready to fly properly. Generally it can take at least 14 days before this happens.
     

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