Long story...was asked to check out falling maggots (!) coming from ceiling in a primary school. Removed suspended ceiling tile and a half a bloody forest came falling down, a LOT of mud, branches etc. It was a HUGE nest! Had a good look to see if there were any animals or birds there, couldn't see any - only a dead one (hence maggots). Thought the rest of the birds must have flown the nest so I continued to remove the rest of the nest. Only after I'd removed it I found 3 young jackdaws in the corner of the loft space. ...Ooops!
With their nest now gone I didn't know what to do for the best. I thought the parents aren't going to come back now with the nest gone, surely? I've taken them home but should I have left them there perhaps? Should I bring them back tomorrow morning? In a box with twigs etc? Will this work? Not even sure if this is such a good idea anyway as it's in a class room, what if more stuff falls down?
They are actually quite big and have all their feathers, they can grip and balance on my hand. So I think it wouldn't be too long until they fly the nest. Best thing would be to return them in the same area but not in the loft, but will the parents find them? And should they be in a box then, under bushes or high up?
I am keeping them in a box, next to a little radiator to keep them warm. Have soaked some Eukanuba dog food in water and will carefully try to feed them with a dropper.
Long shot, but does anyone have any experience of hand rearing jackdaws?
Any advice on what to do? I might phone RSPCA in the morning, but they will probably not be interested in some pesky jackdaws.
Feeling guilty now, but then again I didn't realise and at least the maggot problem has been addressed now.
Thanks in advance for any help.
p.s: I know lots of people hate crows, jackdaws etc. I happen to rather like them :)