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Pseudofool
08-06-2009, 01:05 PM
So a work crew took down a tree in my yard today (I rent); and much later, I noticed a nest with some baby birds in it sitting on the front porch (I can't really remember if the nest was there or not before, but it's an odd place for a bird to put a nest.) I wondering if there's something I can do to help the birds out, I'd rather not find them dead in the next couple days. Is there a chance the mother finds them? How long should I wait? And what do I do to take care of them or who should I call? Etc.

I'm such a sucker for baby animals.

Tombstone RJ
08-06-2009, 01:08 PM
Tuff call dude... really not a whole lot you can do for them, esp. if the mother is gone. Might try calling the Humane Society or something like that and see what they suggest.

Smiling Assassin27
08-06-2009, 01:09 PM
From previous experience, once humans mess with the nest, the mom seems to head south. You could call a bird rescue in the area, I guess.

Mr. Elway
08-06-2009, 01:10 PM
Call animal control (they might be able to take them to the vet or something) or just leave them be. There is not much you can do to help them personally. If you touch them or the nest the parents will definitely not come back because of the scent. It is sad but they are probably doomed.

SouthStndJunkie
08-06-2009, 01:21 PM
Go out in the yard, pick up some worms with your mouth, and go over and feed them the worms from your mouth.

Meck77
08-06-2009, 01:25 PM
lmfao SSJ.

Animal control isn't going to be concerned with a standard bird.

I'd recommend not touching it. If mom doesn't show you could certainly become a full time momma bird like SSJ suggested. lol

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Pseudofool
08-06-2009, 01:26 PM
Go out in the yard, pick up some worms with your mouth, and go over and feed them the worms from your mouth.I've tried but I keep swallowing them before I get back to the nest.

ant1999e
08-06-2009, 01:29 PM
Leave them alone. It's the circle of life. Cats need to eat too.

Meck77
08-06-2009, 01:31 PM
SSJ have you ever seen a pike try and take a baby bird off the surface? I saw one leap at a baby swallow recently. It was cool!

Tombstone RJ
08-06-2009, 01:35 PM
I'd call an animal shelter and see if they can help you. They may be able to give you the phone number of a person who will "adopt" the birds. There are a lot of bird lovers out there who might be willing to give it a try...

Mr. Elway
08-06-2009, 01:38 PM
Animal control isn't going to be concerned with a standard bird.

Believe it or not they might. I have personally seen Animal Control rescue wounded wild birds on two occasions.

SouthStndJunkie
08-06-2009, 01:39 PM
SSJ have you ever seen a pike try and take a baby bird off the surface? I saw one leap at a baby swallow recently. It was cool!

I have seen them take down a few ducklings.

I have reeled in some nice sized walleye and pike, only to have a bigger pike come nail it on the way in....a few times I have even been able to land both the fish on the line and the bigger pike, as it would not let go.

Pike are my favorite fish of all time....they don't call them the water wolf for nothing.

What a voracious predator they are.

Some of the lakes I go to in Canada, you can catch them all damn day until you are sick of their slime and prying lures out of their mouth with pliers....after 50 or so, you hope they shake off at the boat unless they are good sized.

Pseudofool
08-06-2009, 01:42 PM
I'd call an animal shelter and see if they can help you. They may be able to give you the phone number of a person who will "adopt" the birds. There are a lot of bird lovers out there who might be willing to give it a try...Yeah, I've got a couple numbers from some nature places/animal control, left some messages, but it all feels for naught.

I think I really just don't want dead baby birds on my porch--if they'd slowly died in the tree, I probably wouldn't even know about it much less care about it. /slight sarcasm

If someone won't come over and get them, I'll probably move the nest to the ground so something can eat them rather than just letting them slowly die.

dbfan4life
08-06-2009, 01:52 PM
There's really not much you can do. My wife works at a vet clinic where people will bring in an abandoned baby birds and all they do is put it down do that it doesn't suffer.

ghwk
08-06-2009, 01:54 PM
Put the nest in a tree. If mom wants them she knows where to come looking.

Beantown Bronco
08-06-2009, 01:55 PM
Pick up nest.

Proceed into living room.

Sit on couch and place nest between knees.

Put on tape of 2008 Broncos defense.

Puke into nest.

Repeat every few hours.

Al Wilson 4 Mayor
08-06-2009, 02:00 PM
Call the Colorado Department of Fish and Game. Another alternative would be to call a "Bird's of Prey" center (assuming those are baby birds of prey), but I would start with the Fish and Game.

cmhargrove
08-06-2009, 02:00 PM
In my experience, once you touch the chicks or the nest, the mother will reject them. It's a heartbreaker, but I think they're toast.

Good luck.

oubronco
08-06-2009, 02:47 PM
put them in a shoe box and find a tree near by the mother will find them or the cats or something will eat them

DomCasual
08-07-2009, 03:50 PM
So, what did you end up doing?

24champ
08-07-2009, 04:11 PM
So, what did you end up doing?

He had a BBQ and grilled them.

Rohirrim
08-07-2009, 04:29 PM
First, you saute a little garlic in some olive oil...



I kid. ;D

Rigs11
08-07-2009, 08:00 PM
When i was a kid I used to take care of abandoned birds. Get a shoebox, put the nest in there. Get a heat lamp and place near the shoebox fo warmth. Twice a day give them some worms. Not hard really.once they get big enough they get big enough they will try to fly on their own.

gunns
08-07-2009, 08:29 PM
He had a BBQ and grilled them.

Stop it!

First, you saute a little garlic in some olive oil.

Bad, bad boys. Does your mother know where you are?

footstepsfrom#27
08-07-2009, 08:37 PM
Mom probably found her a younger guy bird to nest up with and ditched the kids. ;D Either that or a cat got her. When I was a kid we had a next with 3 baby birds in it and we tried feeding them milk with an eye dropper plus some worms. Two died in the first couple days and the other one made it a week. I'd say you have little chance of seeing a better outcome but that's just me.

Spider
08-07-2009, 08:43 PM
Call your congressman , and see how the birds fit in under Obamas healthcare plan

Pseudofool
08-07-2009, 08:47 PM
They're dead. After many phone calls messages and fantasy feedings; I found one dead and the other missing this morning. Cycle of life, as ugly as it is.

Pseudofool
08-07-2009, 08:50 PM
So, what did you end up doing?
I called lots of places and left messages with supposed rehabilitators but noone got back to me, and decided against caring for them despite some helpful youtube videos, as it just seemed to prolong the agony while barely giving them a punchers luck at life. I also have a dog, and worked a lot today so it wouldn't have worked. It's odd that the workcrew moved the nest in the first place to the porch, they should have put it in another tree. I mean, it's like they left there saying "it's your problem now".

TexanBob
08-08-2009, 07:05 PM
I lived in an apartment with a balcony and there were two sparrows that decided to nest in a support beam over the balcony. I started hearing cheeps so I went out one day to look closer. I wanted to see better so I got out a chair and stood on the chair so I could see right into the nest. As soon as I did that, the three or four chicks all scattered and flew off in various directions.

When mama bird came back about an hour later, she was pissed! She flew in and out and hopped around as if she couldn't believe the chicks weren't there. When papa bird showed up, she gave him quite an earful.

Made me feel a bit sad but that's nature. At least if the chicks could fly, they had a decent chance.

Pseudofool
08-08-2009, 07:49 PM
I lived in an apartment with a balcony and there were two sparrows that decided to nest in a support beam over the balcony. I started hearing cheeps so I went out one day to look closer. I wanted to see better so I got out a chair and stood on the chair so I could see right into the nest. As soon as I did that, the three or four chicks all scattered and flew off in various directions.

When mama bird came back about an hour later, she was pissed! She flew in and out and hopped around as if she couldn't believe the chicks weren't there. When papa bird showed up, she gave him quite an earful.

Made me feel a bit sad but that's nature. At least if the chicks could fly, they had a decent chance.
Lesson: Don't be nosey; you're likely to break up families.

Tombstone RJ
08-08-2009, 07:57 PM
Lesson: Don't be nosey; you're likely to break up families.


ROFL!Ha!ROFL!

epicSocialism4tw
08-08-2009, 08:27 PM
I lived in an apartment with a balcony and there were two sparrows that decided to nest in a support beam over the balcony. I started hearing cheeps so I went out one day to look closer. I wanted to see better so I got out a chair and stood on the chair so I could see right into the nest. As soon as I did that, the three or four chicks all scattered and flew off in various directions.

When mama bird came back about an hour later, she was pissed! She flew in and out and hopped around as if she couldn't believe the chicks weren't there. When papa bird showed up, she gave him quite an earful.

Made me feel a bit sad but that's nature. At least if the chicks could fly, they had a decent chance.

I had a birdhouse literally right on the other side of the glass of a huge porch window next to my back door. Every spring, a family of sparrows would set up shop to raise chicks there. It was always fun to watch them progress.

Eventually one of the youngsters gets brave. He or she would wander out of the nest onto the top shelf of the tool shelf that the birdhouse sat on top of. It would peek around, and the other birds would get unnerved by its reckless action. They would show concern and fervently chirp for the mother bird. Then the brave bird would inexplicably jump off the ledge and try to instinctively flap its wings. It would find itself in a predicament...unable to figure out how to get back to the birdhouse from down there, and unable to feel confident enough to move somewhere else. And then another bird would wander out...and another...and another. They would sporadically leave the nest in their own timing. Each one undergoing the same process of taking the leap and reorienting themselves to life away from the birdhouse as they stood still awaiting whatever came next. They would chirp at each other in concern. Eventually, the mother bird came swooping in from my wicked-huge fig tree. What happened next was really cool. Mother bird saw the situation at hand and checked on each of them. Once they were all out of the nest, she taught them how to fly. She would fly in short bursts and the fledglings would follow clumsily along. From the floor to the bench...from the bench to the bush...from the bush into the yard...from the yard to the fig tree on my back fence. Once she got them up into the tree, they sat and recouped for a few minutes, and then they all flew off together and I never saw them again.

DomCasual
08-08-2009, 09:19 PM
They're dead. After many phone calls messages and fantasy feedings; I found one dead and the other missing this morning. Cycle of life, as ugly as it is.

Man, that sucks. I'm a sucker for that stuff, too.