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Old Sunday 17th June 2018, 20:10   #1
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baby birds in bbq issue

Hi , I have some Starling babies in my bbq, they are feathered now but 2 have died, and the bbq is very hot inside also showing 300 degrees on the gauge.
the 2 dead ones really smell and there is flies all over the place,
can i like put on some rubber gloves and remove the 2 dead ones so the other 2 dont have to live in there with them and all the flies?
I dont wanna make the parents abandon them but at the same time i feel like i need to take them out because i dont think the parents are able to since they are dead on the lower rack and are grown a bit.

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At this stage I don't believe you will be doing any harm removing the dead juvies. Is there anyway you can prop the bbq up just a bit to allow some fresh air to move around in there?

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Old Sunday 17th June 2018, 21:48   #3
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Agree, removing the dead chicks won’t cause the parents to desert. Birds will sometimes abandon eggs if disturbed but never healthy nestlings.
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Old Sunday 17th June 2018, 22:08   #4
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Ok here's a little update, upon moving the dead babies the nest was full of maggots underneath them , which is another reason why i think the 2 alive ones were sticking to the top rack. I ended up just going to get some fresh long dead grass from down the road and making a nice new bed for them , i had to move them in a box with the temporary nest for a while then i have now placed them back inside the cleaner BBQ, they seem to be coming in the back and i think since they have survived this long I'm sure they will be ok in the setup as the back of the BBQ has about a 3 inch opening across the whole rear.
one bird was very active while the other was more docile , I'm hoping they both survive and mom and dad come back to feed them! they are quite large , one had 2 baby feathers on each side of its head like ears , so maybe a week or 2 they be gone !

thanks for the replies guys ill post back with more info, hopefully saying they flew off!!!

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It still would be good to open the front a wee bit to circulate the air.
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Old Saturday 23rd June 2018, 05:52   #6
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well glad to say the birds flew off today, saw them both on the railing this morning when i was leaving, came back from work to find the bbq is empty! 1 egg didn't hatch and 2 birds died but at least 2 survived even the more docile one i didn't think was gonna make it , probably a good thing i cleaned out that nest because i'm sure those maggots woulda got too them quickly

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