What if it rains really hard and there is a hummingbird nest in my back yard?

What if it rains really hard and there is a hummingbird nest in my back yard?

26 March, 2010 (10:27) | hummingbird nest | By: admin


Should I make a shelter over it so its not wet, or the hummngbird doesnt get wet?

The female will usually sit on the nest while it rains to protect it. A hard, heavy rain can cause the nest to fail, as the female has to get off of the nest sometimes to feed, and the rain can cause the egg to become too cold or the nest to become too wet. Just let her be….trying to approach the nest at all could keep her off it and cause it to fail or she might abandon if there is too much disturbance. Just let nature take it’s course.

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Comment from Natalie A
Time March 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Hummingbird Nest!? How cool! I wouldn’t worry about the rain unless the nest gets washed away, or the mom has flown the coop so to speak.
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Comment from Navigator
Time March 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Hummingbirds are a LOT tougher than they look. They’ll be fine.
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Comment from Slim Whitman
Time March 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm

It’s damned wild animal, they’ve been around a lot longer then we have without some do-gooder building them a bird house..
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Comment from animaldegu
Time March 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm

please leave them alone a wild animal will flee a disturbed nest, it is was a tamer bird i would personally just put an umbrella over them although i really dont think you should do this unless there is like a flood lol
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Comment from lulu
Time March 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm

The nest should be able to withstand mother nature. Leave it alone.
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Comment from Queen T
Time March 26, 2010 at 6:46 pm

i think it would be just fine . if she put it were it is today than she must think its a nice place . and if something does happen to it mother nature wanted it to .

GOOD LUCK !!!!!!
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Comment from pet lover
Time March 26, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Hummingbirds have been getting wet for eons and the nest will survive if Mother Nature deems it. I you cover the nest area this may only drive them away and if there are eggs in the nest that they leave..well you get the idea.
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Comment from The First Dragon
Time March 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Don’t worry about it. Building a shelter over the nest might scare the hummingbird away. They know instinctively where and how to build their nests.
Did you know, hummingbirds go into a torpor at night? They can’t afford to keep up their fast metabolism at night, so they get kind of cold.
I found one once that had fallen into my birdbath and was floating in the water the next morning. I picked it up, dried it with a hair dryer, and soon it woke up and was buzzing around the room. So I let it back outside.
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Comment from birdgirl
Time March 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm

The female will usually sit on the nest while it rains to protect it. A hard, heavy rain can cause the nest to fail, as the female has to get off of the nest sometimes to feed, and the rain can cause the egg to become too cold or the nest to become too wet. Just let her be….trying to approach the nest at all could keep her off it and cause it to fail or she might abandon if there is too much disturbance. Just let nature take it’s course.
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Comment from sophie
Time March 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

my aunt had a nest like that in her garden tree, and she made a shelter using plastic and wood, it was pretty improvised but it worked.
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