(this post is also posted in the bird section, but as the looks of it, nobody really gets in the bird section, and I need some help asap.)
Well my dad was on the job and sent me a text message with a picture of a nest with five sparrow eggs in it, he said he knew it was a sparrows nest because the sparrow flew out and hit him on the head. When he came home he was telling me about it and right away I asked him if he had touched it and he told me that he had to otherwise it would've gotten shumshed...So then he and I went back down the raod where he found the nest and we brought it back home. So now we are going to try and hatch these babies, except, I need a little help...How long does it usally take for them to hatch? There are five eggs, what percentage of the eggs usally survive?? Do we need to go buy a special heating lamp? Any help you can give I would gladly appriciate!!!!
I don't know much, but when I was little, I scared away a momma robin and my grandparents hatched the eggs. I remember a heat lamp (not too hot, don't want to cook em, lol), turn them slightly...I don't know much other than that, sorry.
I think you would have been better off leaving the nest where you found it. Assuming the eggs even hatch (unlikely) how are you going to care for newly hatched birds?
But yes, when we hatch quail eggs, they need to be incubated at a certain temperature and turned every so many hours. Once hatched, the baby birds have to be maintained at a certain temperature, which is slowly reduced every so many days. They also require a special food that we are able to buy at the local farm store.
But sparrows, obviously, are wild birds-not game birds. I'm sure requirements for sparrows are going to be somewhat different than for quail.
From what I've heard, it's not true that a bird will completely leave a nest (or hatchlings or eggs) if they are disturbed. If this were truly the case, Cuckoos (a type of bird that lays eggs in another birds nest so that other bird ends up caring for the cuckoo offspring (often at the cost of life of it's own young, the young cuckoo kills the babies or kicks them out of the nest).
You should never touch a nest or eggs, even if you scare the parent birds away, they come back to take care of their offspring. You should have left it alone, now, more than likely the eggs will die for sure (if they haven't already) because you physically moved the nest.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
dad was at a job site and they were closing up the spot where the nest was, better to try then to just have them killed I think. We went to petsmart and bought a heating lamp and a thermamiter. I just need to know how to tell if the eggs are fertile, and how high I should keep the tempurature.
wow, this is really exciting, all of the eggs are fertile, I "candled" them, this is going to be a difficult but exciting adventure! Good thing I've got all summer to devote to these little eggs, I hope they hatch. =]
you should have left the nest. the mother would have come back. birds are very fragile, and can died from a number of chemical people use everyday in their homes. you will now need to feed the worms and insects buy small meal worms, or red wiggles cut up. they will need to be feed every few hours.
and like i said before...My dad was at a job site and they were CLOSING up the spot where the nest was, better to try then to just have them killed, I think. I am quite confident that these eggs will hatch, I have gathered quite a bit of information from other people, not from TP, I have checked all the eggs, none of which look to be infertile or broken. Thank you to the person who didnt tell me to leave the nest, obviously you read what I wrote and didnt jump to conclusion. =) If this doesnt work, well then, atleast I tried, it's not like I went and tore the nest out of a tree and decided to hatch the eggs, they were going to die if we didn't take them. Now sorry if I sound pretty damn rude, but I'm just sick of when I ask for help on this website, and all I mostly get is peoples critisizm!!! If I wanted critisizm I would have put "Hatching Sparrow Eggs....critisizm!!" but I didn't, did I?
Try to find a wildlife rehabilitator in your area. Private individuals or groups, university vet hospitals, zoos etc. might have wildlife rehab centers.
We have found baby birds before and usually only kept them briefly until the rehabilitator could take them. Raising baby birds is very difficult: they are extremely fragile; they need to be fed often; and it will only be worse because sparrow babies will be extremely small.
This is my opinion. Maybe it's harsh but it's honest. You do not sound like you are already knowledgeable regarding birds nor a particularly mature individual. We are talking about potential living, breathing baby animals here, a huge responsibility, not a summer "adventure." If you cannot find a rehabber in your area who will take the babies if and when they hatch, I suggest you do not incubate the eggs further. Because it would be much worse to have baby birds born, and find yourself unable to care for them properly, and have BABY BIRDS die, than to simply let the eggs go cold and stop developing.
Think about this realistically. You are not experienced at raising baby birds. So before you hatch the eggs, consider how you will feel if any of the baby birds perish under your care, because it is a very real possibility. I suggest you look for photographs of newly hatched songbirds so you can see how fragile and totally helpless they are.
***Edited By: illini on 6/3/2007 1:32:20 AM*** Reason: *
Go back and put the nest near where you took it from. I'm not sure what "closing" where the nest was, or why you cant take it back. Taking care of the babies, if they do hatch, is going to be a 24/7 job. They need to be fed every couple of hours, heat and temperature has to be perfect etc.
You should really find a rehabiliter to take them to, or like illini said, just let them go cold. It's a harsh reality, but most likely they wont survive for very long when hatched. Then with you imprinted on them, you're gonna have them around for a loonng time as they'll be used to humans.
Maybe you should spend the summer taking care of all the other animals you have. :P
How's this for harsh: Sparrows are an imported species (from Europe) and compete for nesting space with native species. When my grandparents kept a "apartment house" for purple martins, they had a bird trap stationed underneath it. Any sparrows caught in the trap were killed.
You may also want to check your state laws. In some states it is Illegal for anyone who is not trained or hold a permitt to care or posses wildlife. like one person said try to find a wildlife rehab, it's to late to take the nest back and put it near the site you found it. The parent will have already started another nest.
Many people to find sparrows to be a nusence bird. They are like rats with wings, they can be found anywere, and often cause damage to rain gutters, and house when they get in the attic.
***Edited By: dallasgoldens on 6/3/2007 4:53:23 PM*** Reason: 0
It was interesting getting to watch them so close. I was there when both families left hopping along with their babies after they took their first slow "flight" to the ground from the nest :) The last picture is actually that day for that baby. He let me get so close to take those pictures, while mom watched in the background.
Pope...The bird in the first set of pics are Cardnials. The second set like like House Wrens. We had a House Wren nest on the fron porch. They had 4 eggs and all 4 made it. My dad went out and bought meal worms and put them out by the nest. The mom and dad would be out there just waiting for us to put the breakfast out, and if you were taking to long to get the worms out of the container they would just fly in and take what they wanted.
I would take the nest back near where your dad found it and put it in a safe place. Baby wild birds are incredibly hard to raise especially when you have no experience. I'd try and contact a local wildlife rehabilitator for suggestions.
I would think that they would've need to have been heated right away, any chilling and they'd die inside the egg before you knew what happened. That'd be neat if you managed to hatch them though. I have to admit when i was a little girl i would steal baby birds from their nests, no idea why i did it other then being fasinated by baby animals. Every baby i took died though, no matter what i did for them, they're just very delicate and need species specific care. Ha you know what i did learn from all that though, birds WILL come back to the nest no matter how many times you touch their babies or eggs. Before i stole the babies i would visit them everyday scare off the mum and pet them before i moved onto the next nest in my nieghboorhood. And i'm talking your average everyday american birds, robins, sparrows, cardinals, blue jays, morning doves, they all come back. I'm sure some exotic species do ditch nests.