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Broken nests

Read our tips on fixing broken swallow nests and what to do with fallen birds.

How to fix a broken swallow nest

Occasionally a swallow nest may fall. A shallow margarine or ice cream tub or low plastic flower pot fixed at the old nest site makes a good substitute. Place the remains of the old nest or some hay inside,. Then replace the nestlings. 

The parents will hear the young calling and should continue to feed them. In the rare instance when parents desert or it is not possible to provide a substitute nest, the young will depend on human help for their survival. 

Rearing young swallows is difficult and time consuming and should be taken on only as a last resort.

If possible, the young birds should be passed on to an expert rehabilitator. 

Swallow chicks