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Old 08-06-2009, 02:05 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:08 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:09 PM   #3
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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.
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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.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:21 PM   #5
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Go out in the yard, pick up some worms with your mouth, and go over and feed them the worms from your mouth.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:25 PM   #6
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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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Old 08-06-2009, 02:26 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:29 PM   #8
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Leave them alone. It's the circle of life. Cats need to eat too.

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Old 08-06-2009, 02:31 PM   #9
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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!
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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...
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:38 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:39 PM   #12
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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.

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Old 08-06-2009, 02:42 PM   #13
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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.
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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.
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Put the nest in a tree. If mom wants them she knows where to come looking.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:55 PM   #16
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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.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:00 PM   #17
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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.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:00 PM   #18
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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.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:47 PM   #19
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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
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Old 08-07-2009, 04:50 PM   #20
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So, what did you end up doing?
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He had a BBQ and grilled them.
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First, you saute a little garlic in some olive oil...



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Old 08-07-2009, 09:00 PM   #23
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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.
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:29 PM   #24
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He had a BBQ and grilled them.
Stop it!

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Bad, bad boys. Does your mother know where you are?
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:37 PM   #25
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Mom probably found her a younger guy bird to nest up with and ditched the kids. 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.
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