Nestling Birds Without Feathers

On windy days through spring and summer, nestling birds (pink, with minimal feather development) can easily fall from their nest. These babies should be placed back in the nest if possible. Look up into the nearest tree as these helpless birds will not have traveled far. If the nest is too high up, a substitute nest can be constructed out of a margarine container with holes in the bottom for drainage. Line it with twigs and grass and place it as close to the original nest as possible. Parent birds will feed from two nests. Don’t be concerned if you touch the infant birds as their parents have a very poor sense of smell. The nest should be monitored and if the infant is pushed out again, this could indicate intentional brood reduction. If the babies are pushed out more than twice they should be brought to a rehabilitation centre immediately.

Nestlings are very difficult to raise in captivity, as they must be fed every fifteen minutes during daylight hours. They may develop deformities or feather abnormalities if they are not fed this regularly. It is important to remember that the babies will have a much better chance for survival if they are left with their parents.

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