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If swallow chicks are on the ground inside a farm building (presumably having fallen out of the nest), can the parent birds still feed them? I thought that adult swallows were unable to land on the ground because they couldn't take off again, or is that a myth?
Also, if the chicks are on the ground inside (but with plenty of openings to the outside world), would it be impossible for them to ever get into the air even if they survived long enough to develop their flight feathers?
In short, is a swallow chick that has fallen out of the nest onto the ground (but has it's 'first' feathers) doomed?!