About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Good parents give their children Roots and Wings." --Jonas Salk

I’ve been watching a robin baby running around the yard chasing its parent around for the past week. I saw it on the suet feeder this morning feeding itself. How long before it is independent?
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It sounds like your little robin is coming right along. When robins first leave the nest they can't even fly.
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Baby robins are nurtured in their nest until they are about 2 weeks old. Then their parents begin a 2 week basic training course to teach their offspring to hop, sleep on sheltered branches at night, forage for food, and learn how to fly.
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Baby robins are very vulnerable before they can fly. To help ensure that the baby robins in your yard are safe, keep cats indoors and don't use unnecessary pesticides in the lawn and garden.
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It's a big world out there and it’s amazing how quickly these young birds learn to be independent.

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