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Finches Not Going Into Nest With Hatchlings

Four days ago my finches hatched 5 babies. They had a lot of nesting material built up blocking the entrance. A curious child removed the material 24 hours ago. The parents did cover the babies with a layer of material, but they have not gone back into the nest. They are sticking close and I do hear the babies, but have not seen an adult enter the nest. How long can the babies survive?

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June 7, 20160 found this helpful

Not for very long. When the nest is disturbed, birds assume a predator has done it and become fearful of going back in.

This may be a harsh fact of life, but is something children must learn: Never, ever mess with a bird's nest.

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