White Storks regularly build their nests on top of buildings and they will normally lay between 2 and 5 eggs. The incubation period will last between 25 and 35 days.

When the chicks hatch, they are almost naked, however they will quickly develop a covering of fluffy feathers that will help to keep them warm. Both parents will feed them, and the chicks can eat up to 60% of their own body weight per day.

The chicks will begin to stand after around 3-4 weeks, and after a few months they will begin to learn to fly. The chicks will spend the best part of three months in the nest, before striking out on their own. Even after leaving the nest they will still be dependant on their parents for food for several weeks.

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Help your Garden Birds

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the nest which is open to all the elements have an impact on the eggs and chicks?

    Although this is a man-made nest, it is very similar to a natural stork nest, which are usually set in positions like this, high up and open. They prefer nest such as this due to their size and wingspan, and they can also defend from predators. The storks will continue to work on the nest throughout the breeding season, and you will often see them adding and repositioning branches and twigs.

  2. What do storks eat?

    Storks eat all kinds of small animals: from larvae, beetles, earthworms and snails to mice and moles. The range of prey depends on the season and the weather conditions.

  3. Do Stork couples stay together for life?

    Storks are usually loyal to their nesting place, but not to the partner. Such pairs are therefore together for years, but are connected through the nest location, rather than too each other. Storks can live to be around 20 years old.

  4. Why do Storks stand on one leg?

    Storks often stand on one leg whilst the other is tucked between the feathers, this is to lose less heat. As you can see, the legs are not covered in feathers, and so will likely get cold a lot faster than other parts of the body.

  5. I would like to put up a nest box for my garden birds, where should I site it for best results?

    The best height for your nest box is widely accepted as being between 1.5m and 5.5m high (5ft - 18ft respectively). However, if your area has a particularly high cat population it is best to site your box even higher.

    If you only have an exposed site to offer, face the box somewhere between north through east to southeast, avoiding prevailing winds and strong sunlight. If siting in woodland, the dry side of the tree trunk offers the most protection. By their nature, open nest boxes require more cover; siting them near to climbing plants where they can be partially obscured is ideal. Siting your nest box near vegetation also aids young birds taking their first flights as it gives them both physical support and good cover.

    A clear flight path into the box works best and avoid sites such as the top of fences that make it easier for predators to get at the box.

  6. How often should I clean my nest box?

    Cleaning the boxes out at the end of each breeding season will encourage them to be used again in future years. As the nesting time of birds varies from species to species we suggest you wait until October when the last of the birds will have left. The nest may come out easily but if there are any deposits scrape them out, minding the dust as you go. We recommend using hot water rather than chemicals to remove any parasites that remain. As a final word of caution, take care when opening your nest box as other species such as bats, wasps and bumblebees may have started to use the nest!

  7. Does the colour of my nest box matter?

    Although birds recognise colours, the colour of the nest box does not matter. However, birds prefer a breeding place that is as natural as possible. They do this in order not to be noticed by predators.

  8. Will my nest box be used straight away?

    Although you may want to see your new nest box used immediately, this is actually quite rare.

    Birds like to 'check them out' first to become accustomed to them and to ensure that they are suitable. Don't give up though as the sight of newly fledged chicks is well worth the wait! Nest boxes erected before the breeding season begins (February) are therefore more likely to be used.

  9. I’m having trouble viewing the cameras?

    Visitors sometimes experience technical problems when trying to view the live stream cameras. A multi-lingual message usually appears on the camera display if we are aware of the issues. Please be patient, we will try and get the feeds back up and running as soon as we can.