Written by Angela Norton of Michigan
One day my husband tried to take down a bird’s nest that was partly connected to our electrical wiring on the outside of our house, fearing it could cause a fire or a short. He knocked down the overhead nest with a long handled rake, and to our dismay, found it had four baby blue jays in it.
We Had to Do Something Quickly
We didn’t quite know what to do but knew we had to do something quickly so I found a basket in the basement and put some spanish moss in it. Then we put the blue jay nest (with the babies in it) in the basket and hung the basket in the tree in the front yard where the babies’ parents could get to it. They were chirping quite loudly so it didn’t take long for the parents to find them.
The parents of the babies were squawking raucously at first but then settled down to feed and care for the babies. They stayed in the basket nest for about two weeks, then they started leaving the nest and walking up the branches of the tree. Pretty soon all the babies had left the nest and were starting their first flights. We were pretty happy with the outcome. The babies (now grown) still hang out in the tree and feed from our bird feeders in the front yard. See more photos of the baby blue jays in their basket.