Radiant space heater warms birds

I think I will miss them when they fly away

I am always forgetting to close the door to my screened-in porch. This means that animals are always getting in. However, I was surprised to find robbins making a nest on my BBQ. It is early in the year for nesting but soon, there were 4 bald little baby birds on the BBQ. Then the news said that a blizzard was about to hit us. It is late in the season for blizzards and I was worried that the baby birds could perish in the snow. After doing a little bit of research I discovered that some people use heat lamps to keep their chickens warm in the snow. I don’t have a heat lamp but I do have a radiant space heater. I decided to set up the space heater on my screened-in porch and hope that it would work in the same way that the heat lamps work for the chickens. The next morning all of outside was covered in snow. I immediately went to check on the baby birds and found that they were warm and alive. The radiant space heater had worked wonderfully. I was very happy and so were the robin parents. I ended up leaving the radiant space heater outside for a few weeks until the snow melted and spring came back. With time, the baby birds grew feathers and started getting rather cute. I think I will miss them when they fly away. However, I’ve heard that baby birds always build their nests near where they were raised. I wonder if I need to leave my porch open next year and have a radiant space heater ready for the next generation of robins too.


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