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Anyone know about bird babies?

dntsdad

Central California
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So yeah, I know most of you will poo-poo me and say bbq em or whatever.

About a month ago, a couple of doves built a nest in my garage. Normally, I would have taken it and moved it outside at least but my granddaughter was enthralled so I kept it. Then they laid eggs, then babies came. Now, I am attached!! I admit it!! :flipoff2:
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Babies were born about 2 weeks ago or so and mom and dad take turns coming in a feeding them. I have been in the garage a lot lately and mom and dad are pretty comfy around me now. They will just come walking up when I am out there working, compressor running, etc. I swear I half expect them to walk in one day and say "What's up Jason?" and go about there business. LOL
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If I forget to leave the door open, they will wait outside.
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Anyways, babies have become my temporary shop buddies. They hang out and watch me all day when I am out there.

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They will let me walk up and pet them a little and then they get spooked and walk away.



So Friday, I went out there in the evening and they had both flown to opposite sides of the garage. I actually thought one took off because I couldn't find it. I came out an hour later and they were both on my cart. Its Sunday morning now and they are both still sitting there.

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Its been pretty cool to watch them and their mom and dad nurture them, the calls that they make to each other. How mom and dad will sit outside on the street light or a tree and just hang out in the area, come in and feed them and then go back out and out of sight.

So the question is should I push them outside and make them go? We have LOTS of fucking cats in the area and they would not survive on the ground for even a few hours around my house. It may be silly, but I don't want them to get eaten. Theyre like my buddies now. :homer:

Anyone know about birds and if they are ready to go and how do I know if so?
 
Just keep doing what you're doing, and they'll leave when it's time. I'm surprised they haven't left already, they're not far from it.

Bonus, they'll likely be back next year and do it all over again.
 
They are very close to leaving. Do you have some water inside for when the door is shut?
 
They are very close to leaving. Do you have some water inside for when the door is shut?

No. shit i will do that right now.

The little man door is always open now. I propped it open so mom and dad can get in but the big door isn't. Where they are now sitting, I am afraid they will fly off the cart and walk around out front and get eaten so I have been leaving it shut. I know I have to open it eventually though. LOL
 
No. shit i will do that right now.

The little man door is always open now. I propped it open so mom and dad can get in but the big door isn't. Where they are now sitting, I am afraid they will fly off the cart and walk around out front and get eaten so I have been leaving it shut. I know I have to open it eventually though. LOL

If the parents are going in and out of the man door then they'll show babies how to get out. They need to practice flying and if they can do it safely in the garage then that's good. If you have birdseed you can put that outside for parents. Best not to feed them inside. Good luck. Doves are cool birds to have around.
 
Well, I just went out there and they are off the cart and on the ground.

First time since Friday evening that they left the cart.

Half of me wants to roll up the door and see what happens, half of me doesn't. :rolleyes: Not really sure what to do

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Keep doing what you are doing and ma n pa will take them outside when they are ready.

Doves are cool. We have a nesting pair that comes to our place every year. We always look forward to them showing up in the spring.
 
Open the door. Go take a nap. The End.
 
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They’ll move on when they’re ready. I have a young goldendoodle that likes to find young birds and get in their business until they move on.
 
Are they pooping everywhere? If so, I would kick them to the curb asap.

This. I used to be a softy when it came to the birds nesting on the beam for my porch roof. I did my best to toss their 1/2 built nests, but if they had one established and laid their eggs, I left them alone. A couple of years of Mom/Dad/Babies shitting all over the place, and I was over it. Nests (eggs or not) get pitched now.

I live in a woods, so we have plenty of birds to look at. The birds that build their nests on my porch are assholes. If they have a nest, they will fly off to the nearest tree and sit there and bitch the whole time my family is enjoying time on the deck.
 
You've got about 3 weeks until they're all shot out of the air.

Pair well with bacon.
 
Are those garage door windows removable? If so, maybe remove one and let em come and go as they need and eventually they may all leave.
 
We had birds reuse the same nest on a shelf in my shop for 5 or 6 years running. It was cool as hell, my wife and I really enjoyed watching the chicks grow. One day while I focused on what I was welding when I heard Colleen break down crying and run away sobbing. Turns out welding fumes will kill baby birds. I don't let them build nests in my shop anymore!
 
I have been feeding the birds in my area for 7 years now so I have a fuck ton of birds.

Every year they try and build nests in my shop.

I get rid of all the ones I can but they still build them up in the rafters.

Anyway my favorite nests are the ones in my carport as they use the same one every year and I can see the eggs and the babies.

2 years ago I decided to make bird houses.

I spent a day building, painting, and hanging bird houses all around the property.

Not one of them has ever been used.

Your birds are ready to fly and be on their own as soon as they leave the nest.

Open that door and let them out.
 
Since Mrs has been telecommuting, she spends mornings working out on the back deck. A few weeks ago, Mrs mentioned she got buzzed by a hummingbird, so I put out a feeder. We now have at least three that are “regulars”. Yesterday I noticed a fourth, but it was a bit smaller than the others. I know nothing about hummingbirds, do we have a youngster setting out on his/her own?

We also have a hawk family nesting on the neighbor’s property. I think the kids got their eviction notices last weekend. We had hawks screeching most of last Friday, one was perched on one of our utility poles and didn’t sound happy :laughing:
 
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Yeah, well they may be deciding that on their own. I think they have seen mom, dad, and me leave through the door so often they learned.

I wasn't really to keen on them leaving as its getting dark, and I may go scare them back in and shut the door, but I was hoping they would leave during the morning when there aren't as many cats out and about.

They look ready. Anyone see em?
 
Feed them a healthy diet and wait 3-4 weks and add Bacon to wrap around them.
 
opened the garage door at 7am this morning and scared them out. I was kinda sad that the both streaked out of the garage in complete opposite directions cause they always migrate to be right next to eachother.

Went about my day, ran some errands, then started working in the garage and walked to the side of the house to pee and look who is back. Been there all day. Its almost 6pm now and still there. LOL

Mom or dad flew into the garage looking for them earlier and was calling for them but I thought they were gone. She flew to the side of the house and I went about what I was doing. I assuming now that they called back to her and she hopefully fed them.

The side of my house is cat central at night so I hope these little guys fly up to the roof or something.

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