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Re: bABY THROWN OUT OF THE NEST

Posted by Michael L on 9/08/05
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    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

    Jane,
    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.

    Michael