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    This is getting ridiculous... every time I go to check there's one or two bedraggled hoopoe fledglings hopping about under the nest box. They fly out and hop into the pond. The mum sits on the fence calling to them, but they can't fly yet.



    Back they go... again...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The hoopoe fledglings started to leave the nest box this morning, but with five dogs roaming around they don't stand a chance.

    They're really beautiful birds and I keep putting the chicks back in the box, and they keep coming out again! Not sure what to do really to give them a chance. They just need a few more days to strengthen their flying muscles.
    Hoopoes actually like to eat on the ground. They eat insects/grubs, usually finding them by turning over leaves and other stuff lying around on the ground. And they aren't as shy or flighty as many other bird species.

    Perhaps you could relocate the nest box to a safer location. And if the birds keep flying into the pond, do they just need a drink? Is there somewhere apart from the pond where they can take a drink?
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    The biggest problem is the dogs... if they see a fledgling on the ground it's a gonner. These chicks are just too weak to leave the nest. I will look at relocating the nest box after this clutch has left... I can't now as the mum is still bringing food.

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