Chimney Swifts #17-2511, 2512, 2513, 2514

Chimney Swifts #17-2511, 2512, 2513, 2514
Jul 11 2017

Four hatchling chimney swifts arrived at the clinic on July 11 after their nest had fallen down the finder's chimney. They are just a few days old and still very small and helpless. The biggest of the four weighed just 5.49 grams at intake.

Did you know that chimney swifts spend most of their lives flying? They only land when they roost and nest. When they land, they are unable to perch like most birds and instead cling to the walls of chimneys or other vertical surfaces.

Status Updates

Constant Feedings - Jul 14 2017 3:24 pm

The very small birds continue to do well so far. They have to be fed every 45 minutes during daylight hours. They have been keeping our staff very busy!

Growing Feathers - Jul 17 2017 1:00 pm

The little swifts are starting to grow some feathers. They also continue to need being fed every 45 minutes. CROW hospital staff and students have to be on hand to feed the birds from dawn until dusk.

Two swifts pass away - Jul 18 2017 9:30 am

Sadly, two of the four chimney swifts have not made it. One developed an issue with erratic breathing and was euthanized to end its suffering, while the other passed away on its own. The other two swifts are still doing well and growing! The largest now weighs 8.9 grams which is almost double its weight at intake last week.

Another swift passes - Jul 21 2017 2:40 pm

Another of the original four swifts has passed away. The remaining swift has a new nest-mate as another young swift has been admitted to the hospital. The newcomer (#17-2597) is a few days older than the other. Both are eating well when they are syringe fed.

Opening Eyes - Jul 25 2017 2:14 pm

The swifts have begun to open their eyes, but the road has had a few bumps along the way. The swifts still eat often, however they have had trouble maintaining and gaining weight.

Remaining Swift Transferred - Aug 01 2017 10:01 am

Unfortunately, one of the two remaining chimney swifts passed away over the weekend. The lone swift that survived was transferred to our friends at the Von Arx Wildlife Hospital in Naples so it could continue to be raised with other swiftlets.