we found a hummingbird nest with 2 white eggs in it and the mother left before they hachted what should i do

we found a hummingbird nest with 2 white eggs in it and the mother left before they hachted what should i do

24 March, 2010 (07:41) | hummingbird nest | By: admin


2 small humming bird eggs

Leave the nest alone…how do you know the mother is not caring for the eggs. You would have to watch the nest continually to know if she is coming and going. They do not sit on the nest constantly..they have to leave to forage for food. If you are approaching the nest all the time..this can keep her from going to it. You need to watch from afar in an area where the bird cannot see you, but you can still see the nest. She may be very secretive as she goes to and from the nest as not to attract predators, so she may be hard to see. If this nest IS truely abandoned….just let it be..either the eggs or dead or infertile. The mother has probably moved on and built a nest elsewhere. Even if the eggs were viable, it would be extremely difficult for them to be hatched by a human. Also, it is illegal for you to interfere with a breeding bird in any way as they are protected by law. Just let nature takes it course.

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Comment from YO MAN
Time March 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm

make a nice omlette
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Comment from skywalker55
Time March 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Leave the nest alone.
The parent bird will return to it as long as it is undisturbed.
Hummingbirds will frequently leave the nest for extended periods of time to feed. Due to their high metabolic rates, the parent bird must leave the nest or starve to death. The tiny eggs are safe as long as you don’t mess with them too much.
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We have had lots of hummingbirds and nests around our home.

Comment from OLDMAN’S FAULT
Time March 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm

You may find out soon that Mother has not left rather than died or caught by someone…I HOPE NOT…

Birds & Animals operate in their lives on the basis of instinct all the way through.

Don’t bet so sure that Mom had left them, because birds don’t do like us humans…

I believe you need to cover them with something like a fabric to give them the warmth they were supposed to get from their Mom…but do it in such a manner that IN CASE MOM IS BACK, she will still realize it is the same old nest she left their babies at…

Then..

You could either take the eggs to areas where similar birds exist; hoping other mothers will find them & do them good… even though I really doubt it…

Or simply take them to those Shop Owners who know where, what & how to deal with birds in general…Those specialists will surely be better than you & me handling the situation.

Last thing u need now is to have a couple of weak birds than two stagnant eggs…

You don’t want them to die while watching them…

Do it fast..

I wouldn’t like to be in your position at all…
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Comment from birdgirl
Time March 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Leave the nest alone…how do you know the mother is not caring for the eggs. You would have to watch the nest continually to know if she is coming and going. They do not sit on the nest constantly..they have to leave to forage for food. If you are approaching the nest all the time..this can keep her from going to it. You need to watch from afar in an area where the bird cannot see you, but you can still see the nest. She may be very secretive as she goes to and from the nest as not to attract predators, so she may be hard to see. If this nest IS truely abandoned….just let it be..either the eggs or dead or infertile. The mother has probably moved on and built a nest elsewhere. Even if the eggs were viable, it would be extremely difficult for them to be hatched by a human. Also, it is illegal for you to interfere with a breeding bird in any way as they are protected by law. Just let nature takes it course.
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I am an ornithologitst (bird biologist)

Comment from crhonicsmoker
Time March 24, 2010 at 2:26 pm

call animal control see what to do they may come and pick them up
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