On 9/08/05, JANE wrote:
> WHY ARE BABIES THROWN OUT OF THE NEST? MY DAD MANAGED TO
> PLACE THEM BACK IN THE NEST..WOULD THEY BE ABANDON AGAIN?
> PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP. THANKS
It is not uncommon for new or inexperienced parent finches to
toss babies from the nest.
For some, it's that they just don't know what the wiggly,
little creature is. For others, there are some parents that
realize that there might be something wrong with the baby and
do not want to raise it, but this is usually not the case.
Some parent birds will toss chicks if they feel that there
isn't an adequate food source for them to successfully raise
the babies to fledging. That's why, depending upon the
species, it's important to provide egg food, mealworms, etc.
to make the parents comfortable knowing that there is a good
source of food.
Don't be surprised if they toss the chicks again, but usually
in time, they get it right and go on to become good parents.