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Need Help With Baby Birds! Thank you (1 Viewer)

Howdy there,

My name is Joseph, I am new to this forum. Somewhere between 2-3 weeks ago, a bird (I believe a House Wren) laid 5 eggs in a nest she'd fashioned on our porch. The birds hatched about 10 days ago, and today is the first day they have not shown much growth/change since the previous day--they've started to walk (the nest is on a glass shelf), they're feathered, and chirping a boatload and boatloud (exaggeration).

At first, only the mother bird (I am pretty sure it was the mother) was tending to the young, then the father joined in (maybe I just didn't notice the father the first few days). Two days ago, however, the mother (again, I'm pretty sure it was the mother, named Stella) flew into one of the screens of our screen porch, crashed, and burned. Quite upsetting--but since then, the father has taken on feeding the birds full force.

The reason I need help is because I am concerned that the baby birds will suffer a similar fate--either they'll fly into the screen, or crash on the concrete floor on first flight and die (not to mention how will they get off the porch or back on and to their nest). I have been contemplating moving the nest with the birds into an Easter basket with one side cut off (a departure gate), then either (1) hanging the basket from a tree where Max (father bird) chills just beyond the porch, or (2) putting the birds in a shady patch of bushes near where Max chills. I am worried that if I move the nest, they won't get flight lessons (now let me confess I know very little about birds and the fledgling process) because they'll get abandoned, but I am similarly worried that if I don't move the nest they'll crash and burn. Screened-in, concrete-floored porch is not a good location for flight lessons...but maybe I'm giving them too little credit and keeping them there in their native location outweighs the cost of relocating them (even if it's just outside the porch).

I do not know for sure, but I truly believe they're getting ready to fly...today is the first day I've seen them walk around and I want to make sure, whether I act or do not act, that I am acting right to best ensure their chances of survival.

Sorry if I've rambled or provided more details than necessary, but I would really appreciate your insight...I want to see to it that these birds fly on and that their mama did not die for nuthin'.

Thank you deeply,
Joseph in Maryland
The five birds took flight today at papa Max's behest. One crashed and burned. Three managed to follow papa Max off the porch. The fourth was left behind. After two hours, I moved it to where the others had moved. Papa has since discovered the fourth baby. Nature's course now. Case closed. J
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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