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Do mother birds really abandon their chicks if a human touches them?

I'm a worrier. There's a nest of baby birds outside my house, and while they're fine now, I picture a scenario where one falls from the nest and gets abandoned. But if I touch them, will the mother abandon them anyway?

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Anonymous
18 hours ago

NO. Birds do not even possess a sense of smell like we do. Unless you are still standing there with your hand in he nest when she comes back, she is not even going to know you were there.

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Anonymous
23 hours ago

yes because once the humans touch the chicks, the human smell is on the chicks so they have to abandoned them.

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

No, that’s like saying if a stranger touched your child you would say a farewell to your kid.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

false

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Anonymous
1 day ago

It is a myth started by Mothers to encourage kids to leave the bird nests alone.

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Anonymous
1 day ago

no, but if there is no babies in the nest they will aboned the nest

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Anonymous
23 hours ago

Fact.

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Anonymous
23 hours ago

No it is a Erban legend made up to stop small children from touching them

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Anonymous
22 hours ago

myth

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Anonymous
21 hours ago

I hope not.

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Anonymous
19 hours ago

Duhhhhh!

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Anonymous
14 hours ago

yes

yes if they smell the human sent

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Anonymous
17 hours ago

yes!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous
17 hours ago

yes

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Anonymous
16 hours ago

myth

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Anonymous
15 hours ago

No.

That's right, you could have saved that baby bird you saw when you where 10. You let it DIE!!

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Anonymous
14 hours ago

yes they do because they think that there not there chicks!

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Anonymous
1 day ago

NO. why? Because if you take the freaken baby bird away the mother is probably near looking for it. If you can't see the mother then look up "how to take care of a baby bird" and take it in to keep warm.

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Anonymous
1 day ago

yes they do they could be sick because the human touched they and they don't want to get sick. when they find that out they completely abandoned the little chick.

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

Hu

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Anonymous
1 day ago

yes or no

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Hiral Rana
2 days ago

myth

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Anonymous
2 days ago

myth

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Anonymous
2 days ago

No

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Anonymous
1 day ago

That is true, because once I saw a bird being pushed out the nest and my brother chased it down and the next day the mother didn't come back.

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kennapiggie
1 day ago

i think this is a myth

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Anonymous
1 hour ago

yes

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Anonymous
1 day ago

yes if they smell a really bad scent on them.

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Anonymous
1 day ago

yes

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Anonymous
1 day ago

FACT

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Anonymous
1 day ago

Yes b

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Anonymous
1 day ago

no it's a mith.

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Anonymous
1 day ago

myth

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Anonymous
1 day ago

no they die if happens

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Anonymous
5 days ago

No idea

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Anonymous
1 day ago

I think they will cause the mother only cares about herself.

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Anonymous
1 day ago

yes mother birds abandon their chicks if a human touches them!

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

no

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Anonymous
53 minutes ago

Yes.because I’ve touched one on acsadent in my backyard. The babby’s mom never came back because of the human smell on the 🦜. I’m very guilty for touching it.

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

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Anonymous
4 hours ago

No we kill the birds and the mother doesn't save the birds because,"Screw billy billy's dead."

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footballstar
7 hours ago

no they might not.

it depends on the breed.

you don't have to worry they will be fine.

:)

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Anonymous
5 hours ago

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous
5 hours ago

Myth

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Anonymous
5 hours ago

they would never

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Anonymous
2 hours ago

yes

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Anonymous
4 hours ago

reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Anonymous
4 hours ago

No we shoot the birds.

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Anonymous
11 hours ago

That sounds incorrect.

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Anonymous
2 hours ago

no

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Anonymous
4 hours ago

No

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Anonymous
4 hours ago

yes

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Anonymous
3 hours ago

to stop children messing with the baby birds

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Anonymous
3 hours ago

Its because boys were "chick" magnets and attracted the chicks and then the moms were jealous and just flew away..

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Anonymous
3 hours ago

Yes they will. Keep in mind that Blue Jay chicks fall to the ground but don't pick them up because it's what their mothers do to prepare and if you take them, and then put them back the mother won't come back.

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Victoria Evans
2 hours ago

Myth. Not true. The mother doesn't abandon the chicks until they are grown and can fly on their own.

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Anonymous
2 hours ago

no why would they do that they probably try to defend it

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Anonymous
7 hours ago

No!

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Anonymous
2 hours ago

yes

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Anonymous
2 hours ago

fact

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Anonymous
8 hours ago

Only if a human is sick

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Anonymous
11 hours ago

Probably

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Anonymous
11 hours ago

no

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Anonymous
11 hours ago

litterally no one cares

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Anonymous
11 hours ago

fact

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Anonymous
11 hours ago

yes

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Vicky Noces
11 hours ago

They actually Die

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Anonymous
10 hours ago

the mother will eat them YUMMY

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Anonymous
10 hours ago

504

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Anonymous
9 hours ago

true

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Anonymous
9 hours ago

no it will defend it

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Anonymous
8 hours ago

yes

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Anonymous
8 hours ago

I think so but not sure who would leave there chick? WHO?

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Anonymous
1 hour ago

No

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Anonymous
8 hours ago

no

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Anonymous
2 days ago

yes. it changes there scent, and the mother birds don't think of the baby bird as there's.

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Anonymous
3 days ago

Yes they do but it is not right 😢

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Anonymous
3 days ago

Yes

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Anonymous
3 days ago

that is a fact because whenever a human touches the baby chicks, the human scent makes the mamma bird leave them. Periodt Pooh

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Anonymous
3 days ago

It's a myth! The reason parent bird abandon their nests after you have touched one of their babies is that usually, the person stands nearby and watches to see if the parents come back. We are considered predators in birds' eyes so they will stay far away from the nest until they feel sure that the threat is gone. They don't want to draw the attention of the predator to their nest.

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Anonymous
3 days ago

No

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Anonymous
2 days ago

yes

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Anonymous
2 days ago

myth

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Anonymous
3 days ago

No, they do not they defend their chicks

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Anonymous
3 days ago

true

human touch

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Anonymous
4 days ago

no

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JM Klinger
2 days ago

only if they're Catholic

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mollie14
2 days ago

yes when a mother sees a human touching her chicks the mothers first thought is you have taken them away from her that now you are keeping them, so she runs away and leaves them. [well thats what i think anyway]

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Anonymous
2 days ago

Myth

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Mae Chän
2 days ago

I would say most bird parents are unlikely to abandon their chicks over a little human touch, though I would say no, (it probably depends on what bird species it is).

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Anonymous
2 days ago

most bird parents are unlikely to abandon their chicks over a little human fiddling.

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Anonymous
2 days ago

yes

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Anonymous
5 days ago

that is not true

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Anonymous
4 days ago

No Its just a big fat myth

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Anonymous
5 days ago

YES THEY DO

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Molly Carter
6 days ago

Myth

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Anonymous
6 days ago

Birds have bad smellers, but good enough to detect a human. the way you do it is pick the baby bird up with latex gloves.

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Anonymous
6 days ago

fact

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Anonymous
2 days ago

probably

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Mo mobro
6 days ago

yes they do

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Anonymous
6 days ago

no

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Anonymous
6 days ago

No.

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Breyan Gray
6 days ago

no they touch my beack

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Anonymous
5 days ago

Yes

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Anonymous
6 days ago

I'd say myth

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Anonymous
4 days ago

yes the bird will get kiked out of the nest

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Anonymous
5 days ago

Yes they do

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Anonymous
5 days ago

ya

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Anonymous
5 days ago

no

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Anonymous
March 25, 2020 5:28PM

yes

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Anonymous
5 days ago

No

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Anonymous
4 days ago

no

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Anonymous
4 days ago

No.

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Anonymous
4 days ago

So really no but if you think the mother bird isn't trying to find the eggs but the mother didn't misplace or leave its egg anywhere so the mother isn't abandoning the chick/s

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Jude Francis
4 days ago

I don't think so... but I've seen a number of times is when a bird lays eggs and they've hatched, it abandons the ones that didn't hatch and moves on with the number of chicks produced

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Anonymous
2 days ago

The right answer to this question would be that once you touch the baby bird, the baby can lose it's "scent". Therefore, the mother bird will not be able to find her baby.

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Anonymous
1 day ago

No that’s stupid

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Anonymous
2 days ago

🐥 No🐥🐥

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Anonymous
1 day ago

they do not

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Anonymous
2 days ago

Myth

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Anonymous
1 day ago

True

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Anonymous
1 day ago

NO

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Anonymous
1 day ago

no but they would just smell a stinky scent from are hands

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Anonymous
1 day ago

yes, thats right thats is bird's nature.

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Anonymous
1 day ago

Yes

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Anonymous
1 day ago

and po op

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Anonymous
1 day ago

seriously thats so easy the answer is YES

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Anonymous
1 day ago

fact

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Anonymous
1 day ago

yes because I have touched a chick in a nest and the chick ran away

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Anonymous
1 day ago

No, that is a complete myth. Some parents might abandon them if they don't recognize the smell. Otherwise, no they will still care for them.

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Anonymous
1 day ago

Yes

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Anonymous
1 day ago

if you don't put gloves on or pick it up with something the scent may deter the mother bird

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Anonymous
1 day ago

yes

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Anonymous
20 hours ago

Yes b*

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Anonymous
20 hours ago

Hhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm NASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ( means no and yas

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Anonymous
12 hours ago

yes get a life

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Anonymous
7 hours ago

no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous
6 hours ago

Most likely if the bird sees you or smells your scent on the baby chick it will most likely abandon the chick of fear it is diseased now.

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Anonymous
5 hours ago

yes the mother will abandon it

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Anonymous
1 day ago

yes it will smell the oils in your skin and think its not there's

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Anonymous
1 day ago

real

Well if to approach the baby bird when it comes to dark and take it home then make sure to how what to feed it and comfort it. Then day after day leave the baby bird outside so the mother could start to familiarise with once again and also get used to you but whatever you do make sure there are no predators about that could harm the chick or the mother. If you are still not sure do not come close to the nest as depending on the bird it could harm you or fly away. If you are still not sure then contact specialists.

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Anonymous
2 days ago

yes duh

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Anonymous
2 days ago

yes

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Anonymous
2 days ago

fact

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Anonymous
2 days ago

yes

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Anonymous
2 days ago

I think that is a myth not real

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Anonymous
2 days ago

Probably

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Anonymous
2 days ago

No beaucase they love each other and always be together and be happy 😊

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Anonymous
1 day ago

yes

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Anonymous
2 days ago

I think so

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Anonymous
2 days ago

True

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Anonymous
2 days ago

fact

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Anonymous
1 day ago

No

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Anonymous
1 day ago

Don't think so

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Anonymous
1 day ago

As a personal and embarrassing answer, as a kid (about 12 years old) in the 70s, I once climbed a tree outside my dad's apartment to snatch a birds nest with cheeping babies it it. I brought the nest into my bedroom and put the nest on the sill of my open window specifically to check whether this very legend was true. I had touched the babies and the nest and obviously my window and room reeked of teenage human smell.

Within minutes one of the parent birds flew landed on my window to feed its kidnapped babies. This devoted parent repeatedly entered my room to feed its human touched babies. I was quite surprised. Apparently this particular bird was willing to enter the very home of a human to feed its human touched offspring.

Now this was obviously not a scientifically rigorous experiment (nor an ethical one) and this one data point is not proof that birds in general will tolerate human scent to attempt to rear their young. I merely offer it as a single instance a parent bird not abandoning their human touched young.

Myth

I think some of them do

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Anonymous
1 day ago

myth

coronavirus

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Wiki hater
March 25, 2020 4:08PM

f there's one thing everyone knows about baby birds, it's that you're not supposed to pick them up. If you do, the mother bird will smell the residue of your stinky human hands on her baby, and leave the piteously crying chick there to die, right?

Wrong, says Miyoko Chu, a biologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. "Birds don't have a very strong sense of smell ," she said, "so you won't leave a scent that will alarm the parent."

In fact, contrary to what our parents may have told us, most bird parents are unlikely to abandon their chicks over a little human fiddling. "Usually, birds are quite devoted to their young and not easily deterred from taking care of them," Chu said.

But before you put on your Bird Rescuer costume and start saving the day, Chu suggests you shouldn't go around picking up every baby bird you see. Baby birds may look stranded when in fact their parents are hiding close by. In fact, it's very common for young birds to leave the nest before they're ready to hit the skies.

"If you back up and watch them," Chu said, "in a lot of cases the parent will come back and feed the young and protect it."

And your handling of the bird might be doing more harm than good, said Tom Hahn, an ornithologist at the University of California in Davis. "A much bigger risk to the babies, if humans mess around with them, is that the activity of the human around the nest may attract the attention of predators, which may subsequently come get the babies," he says.

If the chick is clearly out of the nest too soon, the rescue-minded should call a local wildlife rehabilitator before trying to relocate the bird themselves. But, Chu said, if the bird is in a highly unsafe area, such as on a road or in a neighborhood full of cats, it's fine to gently pick the baby up and put it back into its nest.

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Anonymous
4 days ago

no

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6 days ago

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katy jones
2 days ago

yes sadly it is true

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Anonymous
2 days ago

Yep tis a fact. The mother bird will smell your scent on the babies and leave them to die.

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Andy Somebody
4 days ago

If the scent is extremely strong (like super smelly as chickens have terrible noses) they'll abandon their chicks think its another hen's baby. Otherwise its all right as hens very protective.

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Anonymous
1 day ago

fact

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Eudora Brekke
March 20, 2020 8:02PM

Not usually! If you’ve heard that birds can smell if a human’s been around, that’s just not true—birds have a pretty poor sense of smell, so they probably won’t even notice your interference.

That said, do be careful if you’re inclined to swoop in and save a baby bird. Predators might be alerted to their location because of your meddling, and besides, not all seemingly abandoned babies are actually on their own—often, the parents are nearby. It’s always the safest bet to call a wildlife rehabilitator before taking matters into your own hands, but if there’s a baby bird in clear danger, it’s totally fine to give it a lift home.

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Anonymous
2 days ago

yes because she smells the scent on the bird that came off your hands

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Anonymous
5 days ago

Yes because the baby chick has a human scent on them it’s just like a mom with kittens if u touch the kitten the mom will stop taking care of it

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5 days ago

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SMERIKA SHARMA
3 days ago

birds abandon their eggs if they take too long to hatch

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Anonymous
5 days ago

yes the human is the worst because the person touched a wild bird so the mom bird is like i dont want u. u got the black spot for that human that touched you and then the mom will fly off and leave the baby bird to die on its own. the mom bird will then go and find a different baby bird and then eat off the head of the baby then kill its self by running strat in to a car. The END