what to do if you find a starling egg in your yard

Surprise! Finding a starling egg in your yard is unexpected. Its speckled shell holds the possibility of new life and offers a special chance to witness nature’s wonders. But, it’s important to act responsibly and with care.

Don’t disturb or remove the egg right away. It needs warmth and protection. Touching it with your hands may transfer oils that hurt its development, so don’t be tempted. Instead, observe it. Note its location and surroundings. Is it exposed to direct sunlight or bad weather? If so, make a small nest with soft materials like grass or leaves for protection.

Wild birds, their nests, and eggs are legally protected in many places because of conservation efforts. Before taking any action, check with local wildlife agencies or bird-watching groups for advice.

Reach out to experts who know about wildlife conservation and bird rehabilitation. They can guide you on what to do with the starling egg.

Act responsibly and seek help. This experience will deepen your understanding and love of nature. And it also helps protect our environment for future generations.

Understanding Starling Eggs

Starling eggs are awesome! Let’s look at their features. Here’s a table showing some of the info:

Aspect Description
Appearance Small, oval with smooth, glossy surface
Color Pale blue or greenish-blue hue
Size 0.8 to 1 inch (2 to 2.5 cm) in length
Incubation Both male and female incubate for 12-13 days
Number of Eggs A clutch is usually 4-6 eggs

The bright colors act as camouflage. If you spot a starling egg, don’t disturb it. Intervention could harm the bird inside.

It’s best to observe nature in action. This is a great chance to watch the amazing start of a new bird’s journey.

Assessing the Situation

If you spot a starling egg in your yard, take action. Check if the parent bird is nearby. If not, assess the egg. Look for cracks or damage. If it’s intact, the parent may have abandoned it. Consider weather and exposure. Move it to a shaded place if needed. Note: tampering with wildlife eggs illegally can lead to fines. Seek help from wildlife authorities or avian rehab centers. Act quickly and responsibly. Your intervention could save a life.

Handling Abandoned Starling Eggs

If you find a starling egg in your yard, handle it with care. Here’s a 4-step guide:

  1. Assess: Check if the egg is truly abandoned. Look for signs of parental activity, or watch if the adult starlings return.
  2. Incubate: Put the egg in a small container with soft materials. Keep it warm with a heat source, like a heating pad or warm water bottle.
  3. Don’t Disturb: Don’t handle or check on the egg too much; it can cause stress and harm the life inside.
  4. Seek Professional Help: Contact a wildlife rehabilitation center or bird expert. They’ll give specific advice.

Remember – interfering with wild birds’ nests without permission may be illegal.

My friend once found a starling nest with eggs. He contacted a bird rehab specialist who advised him on how to incubate and care for them. With patience and dedication, he hatched the eggs and released the healthy fledglings.

Handling starling eggs is a responsibility. With the right approach, you can help ensure their well-being.

Assisting with Hatching Starling Eggs

Stumbled upon a starling egg in your yard? Here’s what you can do to help it hatch successfully!

  • 1. Observe from a safe distance, to make sure no predators disturb the egg.
  • 2. Maintain temperature at 99-100 Fahrenheit for optimal incubation.
  • 3. If there’s no nest nearby, create one using similar material.
  • 4. In rare cases, if the egg doesn’t hatch naturally, consult a wildlife expert.

Also, keep in mind starlings are protected by law in some areas, so comply with regulations.

These fledglings are an integral part of our ecosystem. Helping them hatch and thrive means preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainability.

Intervene and be a part of this magical journey! Don’t miss out on the extraordinary moment when a starling enters the world!

Caring for the Hatched Starling Chick

Caring for a starling chick is no small feat! Here’s an overview of how to look after these delicate creatures:

  1. Provide a warm and cozy box with soft bedding.
  2. Give them a nutritional diet of bugs, worms and softened pet food.
  3. Keep them hydrated with a shallow dish or droplet feeder.
  4. Be watchful for signs of illness; consult a wildlife expert if needed.
  5. Introduce new foods such as fruits and berries as the chick matures.
  6. Prepare them for release with decreased human interaction and a safe outdoor enclosure.

Remember, starling chicks need round-the-clock care. A nice environment and good nutrition are vital for their growth.

Fun fact: Starlings are known as mimics! They can copy sounds from their surroundings, like other birds’ songs and car alarms! (Source: National Audubon Society)


If you find a starling egg in your yard, it’s important to take care when handling it. Here are the steps to safely care for and hatch the egg:

  1. Wait a few hours to make sure there are no adult starlings around.
  2. If there are no adult starlings present, pick up the egg using gloves or a soft cloth.
  3. Don’t rotate or shake the egg, as this could harm the embryo.
  4. Put the egg in a small container lined with tissue paper or cotton.
  5. Create a makeshift incubator with a heating pad set at low temperature or a lamp at a distance to provide warmth for the egg.
  6. Monitor the temperature and humidity levels in the container to ensure optimal conditions for incubation.
  7. Research nearby rehab centers or bird enthusiasts for advice on how to care for and hatch the egg safely.
  8. As a last resort, contact professionals to ensure the creature is safe and legal guidelines are followed.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: What to Do If You Find a Starling Egg in Your Yard

Q1: I found a starling egg in my yard, what should I do?

A1: If you find a starling egg in your yard, it is best to leave it alone. Starlings are protected species, and disturbing their eggs may be illegal. It is important to let nature take its course.

Q2: Can I move the starling egg to a safer location?

A2: It is advised not to move the starling egg as the parents are likely to abandon it if they cannot find it in its original nest. It is better to trust the starling parents to care for the egg properly.

Q3: How long does it take for a starling egg to hatch?

A3: The incubation period for starling eggs is typically around 12 to 14 days. During this time, the parents take turns keeping the eggs warm until they hatch. It is best to give them space and let nature run its course.

Q4: What if the starling egg appears abandoned?

A4: Starling parents may leave the nest temporarily to find food, but they usually return within a short time. It is important not to disturb the egg and give the parents a chance to come back. Monitor the situation for a reasonable amount of time before taking any action.

Q5: Is it possible to foster a starling egg?

A5: While it is possible to foster a starling egg, it is not recommended for individuals without proper experience and knowledge. Starlings require specialized care, diet, and permits, so it is best to leave this to professionals or wildlife rehabilitation centers.

Q6: What should I do if the starling egg does not hatch?

A6: If the starling egg does not hatch after the expected incubation period, it is likely that something has gone wrong. At this point, it is best to contact a local wildlife rehabilitator or a bird expert who can assess the situation and provide guidance on the next steps.

Julian Goldie - Owner of ChiperBirds.com

Julian Goldie

I'm a bird enthusiast and creator of Chipper Birds, a blog sharing my experience caring for birds. I've traveled the world bird watching and I'm committed to helping others with bird care. Contact me at [email protected] for assistance.