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Why do we need nests?
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Why do we need nests?

When baby birds get orphaned and are admitted to wildlife hospitals, they require something that resembles a nest to give them the support they need for little heads and feet. The perfect "nest" is soft, sturdy and washable.

Crafted and knitted nests following patterns you can request here are ideal.

WildCare's Birdroom staff and volunteers agree that knitted nests provide the right stability along with the appropriate softness to maximize the comfort and health of our baby bird patients. And we can never have too many! Knitted and crafted nests are like towels in a nursery— they're constantly in use and constantly in and out of the laundry. Our commitment is that every nest that meets the safety specifications for baby birds will go to a bird rescue facility.

Why do we need more than one nest?

Because bird poop happens. Nests get very dirty over the course of a day in the Birdroom. Each baby bird must be fed approximately every 45 minutes from dawn till dusk. Although the nests are lined with tissue, they still get dirty from food and poop and need to be changed. When your baby birds need to be cleaned, you just put them into a new nest and put the old one into the dirty laundry basket.

Why don’t we use a bird cage?

Since baby birds cannot fly they don’t need to be in a cage. Instead, they are placed in nests inside net-covered baskets. The nest provides the comfortable sitting spot for the babies, while the basket keeps them from tumbling off the table.

Why do we need so many nests at one time during the year?

The biological cycle of many types of baby birds is such that the eggs are laid and hatched in the warm months of late spring and early summer. Some of these baby birds become orphaned for a variety of reasons: they fall out of trees, their mothers die, or their habitats get disturbed. 

There are hundreds of licensed bird rescue groups across the US that take in these baby birds when humans find them and rehabilitate them until they can be released back into the wild.

The summer months are known as “baby bird season” in North American wildlife hospitals because there is such an influx of them.

 

 Baby birds in knitted nests. Photo by Melanie Piazza
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