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onster June 1st, 2009 12:05 PM

HELP! Baby Robbins..what to do???!

There's a robbins nest on our neighbour's window ledge (side of the house) that weve been observing for a few weeks. Mama always sits on her nest and dad is often seen getting worms in our backyard.

Just now my mom called me in from gardening to show me somehting. Bunduk and Onnie glued to back door, there is a baby robbin on our deck. Dad was on railing with worm in beak..i put the cats in the basement and shut all the blinds. Dad is gone now though and baby still there :(

I went back to gardening, told my mom dont worry he'll come back for it if we keep quiet. My mom came to ask me something at the front door and then she yells theres another one!!! This one is on our front steps!! In our flower pot.

What to do?? mom wanted me to put them in a box together. Its raining now. I wasnt sure about that. She said at least put the two togehter..again not sure about that. I will post pictures in a minute. The one on front step didnt move even tho i was less than metre away. maybe by pics someone can tell how old they are and what can I do?

sugarcatmom June 1st, 2009 12:08 PM

Do they have feathers and are hopping around? Cause if so, it's best just to leave them. The parents are probably nearby and are feeding them. That's often the way it is with robin families, the babies leave the nest pretty early and the parents just feed them wherever they go.

Love4himies June 1st, 2009 12:12 PM

The parents will come back for them when it is quiet. These babies have just left the nest and momma will be teaching them how to "hunt" for their food, but for the first bit, momma will "hunt" and feed the babies.

onster June 1st, 2009 12:14 PM

Ok, thanks guys.

Sugarcatmom, no they werent hopping around (pefectly still), but have feathers.

They are on opposite sides of the that ok though?

Im worried because we have a neighborhood black kittie that likes to visit Onnie and Bundk through the windows :(

Love4himies June 1st, 2009 12:17 PM

Keep an eye out for the kitties, this is a very dangerous time for baby robins. Momma and daddy are not too far and will scream up a storm if a cat goes near their babies and try to distract the cat away.

onster June 1st, 2009 12:18 PM

Ok L4h, thanks for the info. I will try to keep my ears open. Will also not allow Onnie out with me this week. :fingerscr:fingerscr

Resizing pics now.

onster June 1st, 2009 12:21 PM

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The nest (took this pics a week or 2 ago)
The baby on the front porch today



btw i wasnt actually that close to nest, used my dads cam to get good zoom. However was very close baby bird as I had been planting. I cant believe I didnt notice it!

onster June 1st, 2009 12:23 PM

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The other baby. These pics were taken thru the blinds.



How many babies do robins usually have?

onster June 1st, 2009 12:25 PM

and sorry i just realised i misspelled the word "robin" like 10 times in a row and in the title whoops :o

Love4himies June 1st, 2009 12:47 PM

In my last nest, three. Normally, I see two babies that momma is trying to feed on the ground.

I have another nest that I don't think there are any babies in anymore as I haven't seen momma flying to the nest to feed them, but did not try to look in to see how many there were.

rainbow June 1st, 2009 02:56 PM

Oooops ....looks like the baby robin pooped on your porch. :o

I agree with L4H and SCM and to just leave them be. They are just learning to fly and will probably be gone soon but do keep Onnie inside until they have left and are flying well on their own.

Melinda June 1st, 2009 03:51 PM

they will be fine, momma and dad will both feed them and lead them into tall weeds or a bush by nightfall, just keep your cats indoors, they'll be flying within a week

onster June 1st, 2009 06:46 PM

Thanks all. Mama did come back for them. I still see them hopping around but now I'm not worried.


onster June 1st, 2009 06:46 PM

hahah and yeah rainbow, they pooped everywhere!!!! :yell::rolleyes:

ownedbycats June 1st, 2009 07:03 PM

Onster - cats can be dangerous to baby birds, but I would feel sorry for the cat if the parent robins spot him. NOt only will they try to distract him, they may attack him, divebombing him and hitting him as hard as they can. Just the other day we watched a male chase a squirrel away from his nest, nearly knocking the squirrel to the ground several times.

chico2 June 3rd, 2009 02:50 PM

Onster,if the nest is nearby,I would put them back.
I had a baby-Robin here,he was able to fly a little,but the next morning,he was only a pile of feathers.:sad:
As usual Robin's build very shaky nests,very visible,as yours is..
The parents will try to protect the babies,but often to no avail.
Chances are they will try to fly out of the nest again,but I would still try to put them back,but that's only my :2cents:.

happycats June 3rd, 2009 06:06 PM

Awwww they are so cute!! :lovestruck:

I think the parents seperate them on purpose, (don't put all your chicks in one basket) that way if something gets one, they still have others that may survive. So please don't put them together, when they learn to fly they will re-unite.

I hate this time of year!! It's so stressfull trying to keep track of, and help all the little babies. :wall:

Bina June 14th, 2009 04:32 PM

At that very young age (short tail feathers) I usually try to make sure that the babies are back in the nest for evening.
Robins are quite reasonable with humans.
And yes, keep kitties inside for at least a full week.
Robins will have a second clutch in another few weeks....more stress. :)

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