In our country, these wonderful birds have already returned after wintering in Africa and soon the first eggs will appear in the nests, and then baby chicks.
But it all starts with a wedding song
There are usually three eggs in the nest. But this is usual. There may be fewer or more of them. Both parents take care of the eggs first, and then the chicks.
Stork chicks need parental care. Moreover, they are rather gluttonous.
As I said, storks are tough parents. If there is not enough food, they can eat one of the chicks or throw it out of the nest. They also deal with weak or sick chicks the same way. And here the question is: if you saw this, is it necessary to return the chick to the nest? No, no and one more time no! They will throw it out again. And, even if we assume that the first time it landed successfully, the second time may not be so successful.
What to do?
You can take the chick and take care of it. Do not worry! It will be able to return to the wild. Human-raised storks run wild rather quickly.
I have had this experience many times. For example, chicks that were orphaned last year due to a hurricane. Animal rescuers brought them to me.
The main question is: what to feed? Of course, in nature these are mice, small birds, snakes, earthworms, frogs. And it is desirable to feed this way. But for the first days, until you can find the right food, you can give the chick chicken hearts. Raw! Remember, stork parents never cook food for their chicks!
A month later 😊
Do you agree that it was a good job? 😉
And finally, additional information: how to distinguish an adult bird from a chick, because already in August the chicks become quite large. By the color of the beak! An adult stork has an orange beak, while this year's chick has a black beak.