I have a Robin nesting on top of a wall unit in my dining room.

She seems quite happy there and, as of yesterday, is sitting on 5 eggs. However, I'm concerned that should the eggs hatch... it is not a safe place for when the chicks fledge. Any advice please? 

  • Blimey. How are the parents getting in and out?

    I don't know if you're aware but it's actually illegal to knowingly disturb any nesting bird. The robins will be your guests until the young have gone.

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • The eggs will be incubated for 12-14 days and the young will fledge about 12-14 days after that. Hopefully the parents will lead them outside. They frequently nest in sheds and outhouses, so they should be able to cope with it. You will need to leave them to it and ensure that they have access at all times. It is (as has been noted) an offence to knowingly disturb an active nest. Please let us know how you get on.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)