Very strange Chris..... Ive had some very strange behavior with nesting over the last few years too.
One of my worst was, what was obviously a very late nest with only 4 eggs and only one hatched. The chick was never fed and the Mum kept on incubating the other eggs. The poor chick died of neglect, Mum just removed it and spent another 2 weeks incubating eggs that were never going to hatch.
In the end they are just like humans, some good parents and some bad and all that’s in between.
It’s all very sad when things don’t go to plan.that must have been so frustrating watching the little chick die. I often wonder how long a female would sit on eggs if none hatch.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed at the moment. A second chick hatched yesterday and another this morning. Still three eggs to go. Three eggs still out of the nest .I think they’re well buried in the feathers now.
Can’t fault the parents, she’s very attentive and he’s bring in food thick and fast. ,The female is eating a lot of it as either the chicks are full or it’s way too big. Only problem is very shallow nest. Not enough base and too many feathers. Time will tell if she can keep the chicks in the nest. At the moment a lot of room taken up by three eggs . If the rest hatch won’t be so bad as they fit together better. Anyway here’s hoping. 🐣
Oh my goodness Chris what a predicament. Everything tells us we must leave the nest alone. But then there is that voice that says the three hatched ones may die if she doesn’t feed them correctly whilst incubating the others (as Helen has said). Sounds a very immature bird what with the nest incorrect and not protecting eggs etc. Don’t know what anyone else’s advice would be?! Hope things work out for mum and chicks . Sue
Hi Chris it’s awful sometimes when things like this in the nest happens, I know you just want to help as much as possible but then again we have to let the parents get on and hopefully nurture the chicks. Fingers crossed that everything goes well.
Yes Chris, a problem for you. I'd be inclined to leave well alone & let nature take its course. We need Kathy to read this post of yours, as she & her husband tried to raise some chicks last year or the year before. After a valiant attempt feeding every 2 hours for days, they had to give up and take them to a rescue centre. More details if she reads this message of yours though, as I may have got timings wrong.
Diane - Scared of flying birds, but can handle frogs if necessary!
Hi everyone, Things not looking too bad at the moment. Three strong chicks being well fed by dad . Mum mostly in,keeping them warm . They must be getting plenty as they are refusing a lot of the time. The three eggs left in the nest might still hatch, either that or be pushed out by the chicks .ive seen one get right under an egg and almost lift it up. One chick accidentally kicked out of nest but managed to get itself back in. We were standing in front of the TV willing it on. 😫 I’m feeling slightly more relaxed now but still keeping fingers crossed. They both seem to be good parents apart from the nest building .🏡
I’m pleased the instincts are kicking in for them Chris, hopefully they will be able to manage. I hope you won’t need it, but there is some information about raising chicks, but having been through this myself a few years ago, it is definitely not recommended
Just a quick update. We have three chicks which look fine . A fourth hatched but I’m afraid hasn’t survived .It was one of the ones kicked out of the nest so the trauma was perhaps too much for a new hatchling. not sure where it is ,must still be in bottom of cup. Parents feeding them well although it’s mostly dad . With only three chicks they will have an easy time of it. I’m amazed any hatched after all the drama.
Thanks everyone for your good wishes for the little trio. They you are doing very well and being very well fed with mealworms. If the feeding goes on at this rate they’ll be too fat to get out of the hole.😂 Slight problem at the weekend, we were over the two days inundated with starlings. We have them in the winter but early spring they all disappeared.nesting and raising chicks I presume. Now we have hoards of them ,all wanting to be fed. Of course it didn’t take long to find the meals worms. I’ve got one of the feeders with a dome that can be lowered to keep bigger birds out. Oh no not starlings. How on earth do they get their heads in .😫 Anyway , I’ve taken it away and modified a cage feeder. I cut small hole plates out of plastic milk bottle and fixed them over the bigger holes..I got the idea from Paul’s Scott feeder. The robin can still get in as I’ve not made the top holes smaller but the starlings can now only get their head in but not reach down to the worms.
I think I shall be quite glad when this years nesting is over.. 😫
i get very annoyed with the starlings, ive got mainly caged feeders and one that is spring loaded to close if larger birds gets on, but the starlings are light enough to land and get food , so ive emptied all food, the starling chicks have not left the nests yet so it will be noisy and busy soon, hopefully they have been put off coming to my garden i have a ground caged feeder which the starling find a way in, so ive covered it was pea mesh and just left a few holes for bluetits, greatits, robins to get in and it has worked thankfully, i have a small scott feeder which has to remain empty because the starlings manage to get food out of the container. i dont won't to lose the regular birds to my garden. for the last few days there's been no starlings
i probably won't be popular writing this post but it is as it is
I’m with you there Ann . I’m not a fan of starlings. We have loads in the winter. I don’t mind them feeding at the feeders but what gets me is the way they constantly squabble and fight and frighten everything else away. I’ve managed to keep them from eating all the mealworms but unless the dish is fixed in they tip it up and eat them from the floor. I know they are on the decline but you wouldn’t know it around here.
I know Ben, I’m probably not being fair to starlings but you must admit they are sometimes a pain in the bum when you get about fifty landing on your feeders. At the moment they are feeding young and I think it’s the young that make that awful swishing whistling noise that gets on your nerves. I know they are intelligent birds and nature’s opportunists and have beautiful colours when the sun shines on them ,almost like oil on water. Anyway I shall try and look at them with fresh eyes from now on. 😳
I'm with you Benn! I really like starlings as well, although there is no doubt that they do get a bit annoying when they descend mob-handed and polish off a bowl of mealworms in a couple of minutes. Despite that, I do love the iridescence of their feathers in the light, and also appreciate how amazingly effective they are at extracting chafer grubs from our lawn when they get in the mood - incredible to watch them sometimes.