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how old are cardinal chicks until they leave the nest?  we have a pair of adults that appear several times daily and appear to have been feeding young for about two weeks and now we have young cardinal feeding at the same spot...often shortly after the adult female.  also how long will the adults continue to care for the young?

The young cardinals will leave the nest about 9-11 days after hatching. They won't be able to fly after they leave the nest and the parents will take care of them for a few days to a week or so until the young can fly and feed on their own, although the parents have to "wean" the young a bit as the young will continue to beg until the parents finally don't feed them anymore.


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Roger Lederer


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