Caring for a bird egg

While, I was taking a walk in my garden yesterday afternoon and clicking away photos of nature, I came up to a lonely blue egg on the ground. Couldn’t find a home for it. Not sure if mama bird threw it out of its nest or it fell off while the other eggs were hatching. I just couldn’t leave it on the ground as it was too dangerous with my dogs around. Looked for a nest but I was unsuccessful. I wanted to leave it on a higher ground like in a tree but just thought it to be a bad idea.

The blue egg that caught my eye

The blue egg that caught my eye

Mohan gave me an idea. He said I should take care of it till the bird hatches and becomes a young adult. Hmm did some research to make sure it’s not a snake egg 😉 It seems like a blue bird’s egg, but am still not sure.

Time to incubate the egg with what is available at home. I made a nest of my own, hopefully it works.

Step 1: Get a cardboard box

Step 1: Get a cardboard box

Step 2: Get some cotton pads

Step 2: Get some cotton pads

Step 3: Grab some hay

Step 3: Grab some hay or dry grass

Step 4: Ofcourse don't forget the egg

Step 4: Ofcourse don’t forget the egg 😛

Step 5: Layer the cotton pads into the cardboard box

Step 5: Layer the cotton pads into the cardboard box

Step 6: Spread some hay onto the cotton pads

Step 6: Spread some hay onto the cotton pads

Step 7: Safely place the egg into the box of hay. Cover the egg with more cotton pads

Step 7:  Safely place the egg into the box of hay. Cover the egg with more cotton pads

Step 8: Since eggs need warmth, rise the box onto a platform, while the lamp is on.

Step 8: Since eggs need warmth (need a lamp), rise the box onto a platform, while the lamp is on.

Step 9:  Make sure the egg is covered with cotton pads for it to stay warm.

Step 9: Make sure the egg is covered with cotton pads for it to stay warm. Do rotate the egg once every three hours so that the embryo doesn’t stick to one side.

Did you know: That a baby bird is called a Twit?

Now, I have to wait for 12 – 14 days for the twit to hatch.

Time to tweet 😉 about my new found egg, hopefully it is not a dead egg. Will keep you posted on the progress of the hatching.

Prad 🙂

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