There are many creatures in the world and the humming bird is one of the smallest creatures that make us to wonder with their cute activities. A baby humming bird is truly a wonder of the world. They are very tiny and weigh approximately 0.62 grams. When the baby humming bird is very lightly weighted then just imagine the weight and size of their eggs. They are not more than ½ inch. You can compare their size with the jelly bean.
Everyone will be excited to know the facts of the baby humming birds. There are many hidden facts that you are not aware of the wonderful baby humming birds. They are really a wonderful creature and they attract you by its specialties in nature. Are you eager to know the facts of baby humming bird from its beginning? Then is would help to know the full details about the baby humming bird. I have described below the facts after a clear review about its routine life.
Humming bird eggs
Baby hummingbirds are hatched out of hummingbird eggs. The mother humming bird lays eggs and she will be sitting on her nest and shake alternated by wiggling every few seconds. Mother humming birds usually lays two eggs on different days. The size of the egg will be like pea or jelly bean. The eggs will be laid on different days but the eggs will hatch on the same day. The mother humming bird do this by not starting the incubation process until the second egg is laid. These little eggs will be cared by the female humming birds only.
The male humming bird does not take care about the child. If the male humming bird comes near the nest the female humming bird spreads its feather as a threat that attracts the predators and will chase the male bird away. The humming bird eggs remain in the nest incubating for approximately 16 – 18 days before the hatch. There is a chance to hatch later if the weather is cool.
The mother humming bird will be sitting on the eggs while it is in the nest for incubation to keep them at a constant temperature of 96 degrees. The baby humming bird still inside the eggs are also has very strong neck muscles and a little hook on its short bill that will help them to peck their way out. When the baby is born all these will be disappear. The broken egg shells will be disposed by the mother humming bird.
Baby humming birds
When the baby humming birds are hatched, they do not have any feathers and dark skin. The eyes of the baby humming bird will be closed when it is hatched. The weight of the baby humming bird will be nearly 0.62 grams that depends on the types or species of humming bird. This is one – third the weight of a United State dime. They are not able to regulate their own body heat and they are about one inch long.
They have short, stubby, and yellow beaks. The mother humming bird will spend lots of time with the first born baby humming birds to make them warm. When the baby humming bird gets its own feathers then it is able to warm its body by itself and the mother humming bird will move out to spend more time for catching bugs and drinking nectar to feed them. The mother humming bird will drink nectar and eat bugs and then transfer the slurry substances to the baby humming birds so that it can easily digest. Every twenty minutes the mother will feed this mixture to the baby humming bird.
A baby humming bird needs a mother humming bird to feed them the food that they are able to digest easily. As the adult humming bird the baby humming bird cannot drink the nectar because it does not have enough protein that the baby humming bird needs. The baby humming bird would become severally crippled or would die if it has diet of only regular humming bird nectar. If you find any injured or sick or abandoned baby humming bird kindly read out the First – Aid for baby humming bird section and the proceed with the correct steps. Do not try to rescue them in wrong way.
Feeding and training
When the mother humming bird comes to feed the baby humming bird the baby humming birds lifts up their heads and open their mouth by felling the wind from the wing of the mother humming bird. The mother humming bird will insert its beak deep inside the mouth of the baby humming bird and drops a little of the regurgitated insects and nectar inside. When the mother humming bird does this you are able to see her throat swell as she pumps the baby food out of her beak in an up and down motion. It looks like a kind of sewing needle on a sewing machine.
Toilet training for the baby humming birds comes built in. The baby humming bird can do everything and they are able to dispose the water over the side of the nest. The mother humming bird not only feeds and teaches them it also has a big responsibility to protect the baby humming birds from the other creatures. It protect the baby humming birds by sitting in the nest all the time and fights with the other predators that attacks the baby humming bird.
Within a couple of days the size of the baby humming bird will double. Their beaks gets darken slightly and they will get little fuzzy pin feathers. After one week the baby humming birds will be covered with tiny little fuzzy feathers that look like a miniature prickly balls. The baby humming bird gets enough body heat with the help of their feathers within the ninth day after hatching.
After this the mother humming bird will not spend lots of time with the baby humming bird because the size of the baby birds will become large so the mother bird does not have enough place to sit in the nest of the baby humming birds. The baby humming bird’s stretch their wings by the floors grip of the nest with the help of their feet and flapping away. The baby humming bird will not have to worry about accidently flying out because they hang on the nest safely. The baby humming birds do not fly for 12 – 13 days. By two weeks the baby humming birds are completely covered by pin feathers and the real feathers starts to grow. The beaks become stronger and they look much darker. They begin to look like the real birds.
Well grown humming bird
At three weeks of time the baby humming birds looks like a real humming bird. They test their wings more and more to fly out. After few days the baby birds fly like an adult humming bird and never return to their nest. The mother humming bird feeds them even after 2 or 3 days after leaving their nest. During this period the mother humming bird show them the good places to get bugs and get nectar. It chases them to live on their own. Now the baby humming bird has turned into the adult humming bird.
Now the mother humming bird look over the other baby humming birds. The process is done in a routine manner. The total growth of the baby humming bird will be done within a month is a miracle of nature. Within 1 month the baby humming birds turns to an adult humming bird an do its job without the help of the mother humming bird. It picks up their own food from catching bugs and visiting nectars. It find outs its food and shelter in its own way.
Baby humming birds are joy to watch. If you are one of the people who love to see the humming birds visiting your home, then you have to grow flowers that are loved by the humming birds. This makes the humming bird visit your home and so you are able to see the nest of the humming birds in your garden. This helps you to watch the daily happening facts of the baby humming birds.
Follow the above instructions that make humming birds grow healthier. Do not harm any baby humming birds by feeding the nectar. I hope that you have learned about the habits of humming birds and am sure you are able to watch these activities and enjoy in your own garden too.