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Julia wrote at 2008-05-06 17:33:16
I have found a robins egg on my lawn and it was still warm. I really don,t want to see it suffer so i guess i will let it go or perhaps i could put it back up in the nest if i can find it. i know it isn,t very far. I feel so helpless whish i was a mama bird at this time .

P.S thank you for your support.

Bamboo wrote at 2012-04-22 11:45:57
It is quite possible that abandonment was not the issue.  Mama Robin could have met tragedy by a predator, such as a hawk.

I was lovingly watching Mama and Papa Robin sit on their eggs beneath my Arbor.  Suddenly, no one was sitting on the eggs.  As I walked around my yard, I found the sad cause; remains of a robin (feathers, part of beak, foot) were yards away from the nest...

A robin lingers in the area (I'm assuming Papa), but he does not attend to the eggs.

Two beautiful eggs remain in the nest.  I feel sad to do nothing, but it seems this is the only recourse.  

Cynthia wrote at 2016-05-30 03:00:55
I found a robin egg in front of my house without a mother I watched the nest and I never saw the mother. My dad took it out of the nest because it was sideways and he went back to get the nest but it was gone. How do we take care of it. I think it is still alive.

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


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