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Do Robins abandon their eggs?

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Old Wednesday 23rd June 2004, 00:10   #1
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Question Do Robins abandon their eggs?

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I'm curious, a robin built her nest in a pine tree that is growing next to my stiars. It's actually quite low to the ground too. There was an awful wind storm here the other day, and I haven't seen her since. In the nest there are 3 eggs, and there was a "twig" that was still attatched to the tree lying on top of them. I'm not sure if she put the twig on it because she was takin off for a "long haul" or somthing like that...do they do that??? But I haven't seen her around in about 2 days. THANKS
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Old Wednesday 23rd June 2004, 01:24   #2
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Sounds like she gave up. Maybe there were more eggs and some were taken. Hmm. maybe not, the predator would have taken all.
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Old Wednesday 23rd June 2004, 02:28   #3
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If she hasn't been on the eggs in two days' time, I'm sure they're no longer viable. No, she wouldn't have put a twig across the nest, indeed the twig may have prevented her from sitting on the eggs if it was too big for her to move.

Welcome to BirdForum, by the way! I see this is your first post. I'm sorry, though, that it had to be about an abandoned nest. Hopefully, she'll build elsewhere and start a new brood.
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Old Thursday 24th June 2004, 18:22   #4
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Thank you for your answers...it's kinda sad that she just dumped the eggs, we were looking forward to having triplets around! LOL I haven't seen her since, she must have just given up. What should I do about the nest and eggs, won't they start to stink after a while??? (see how much I know about birds! NOTHING!! ) Again, thank you kindly for your input, and welcomings
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Hi Jen and welcome to BirdForum.net.

As Katy mentioned, I'm sorry it was the abandoned nest that brought you here but we do hope you stop in once in awhile and let us know what you are seeing in your area.
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Old Friday 25th June 2004, 05:09   #6
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Robins are very tetchy birds and i've known a female kill her young in the nest due to accidental disturbance. they don't like the smell of humans, or it may have been the lynx effect >.<

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