View Full Version : Saving a baby bird
07-21-2007, 10:57 PM
This morning I noticed a baby bird in the driveway. I told my husband to keep an eye on it, thinking it wasn't going to make it. I just got home from work and he was still there, and still kicking it. He's a lively fella. So I scooped him up and brought him in. He was just a sitting duck for all the stray cats around here. Is there any hope??? I've been giving him water so far.
07-21-2007, 11:50 PM
I don't know much about the subject but with a quick search on saving baby birds I found this (http://www.lafeber.com/products/feeding_instructions.asp) article. It sounds like if you're willing to put the time in to the bird you can save it. Another article says that's its not true that the mother won't come back to the baby after a person has touched it. Is there a nest nearby that the baby could've fallen from? Maybe you can put it back in there and its mother will take care of it.
07-22-2007, 12:01 AM
Thanks for trying :hug: I found an article that said that dog biscuits were good, so I'm trying that. He seems to be eating the paste I made fairly well. I guess we'll see how he does over night. I'd just hate for him to be taken by a cat, I'm surprised he wasn't already.
07-22-2007, 12:22 AM
I work at a pet shop we hand feed baby birds all the time! go to your pet shop & they can get you all set up &show you how to feed, good luck . it's not hard at all!:thumbsup:
07-22-2007, 08:25 AM
You can also call a vet & ask. Might not hurt to keep one in the loop. They may also know of wildlife rehabilitators in the area who might be able to give you advice.
07-22-2007, 08:33 AM
One of my dogs recently brought in a baby bird that was still alive. The vets' offices were closed, but one of our pet stores told me to feed the bird cat food that had been moistened. She also said to keep it warm.
Can you see if there is a rehabilitation center close to you? That's probably going to be your best bet.
07-22-2007, 05:22 PM
What kind of bird is it? Do you know? Feathers - yes/no.
If the bird is so young it doesn't have feathers, or it only has down etc. The very, very best thing to do is return the bird to the nest if possible.
If the bird had feathers, but looks 'unkempt' it may be a fledgling and you must release it immediately. Fledglings do not always look old enough to be out of the nest, but mom and dad (depending on species) are typically keeping a very close eye on junior. They will warn for predators, and the young birds needs to learn how to fly/escape etc.
If it is impossible to locate the nest, and the bird is young, you can make a temp. nest (cardboard box) and place it in a tree/shrub and watch (from indoors if possible) to ensure that a parent returns.
Only if the above is not possible should the bird be raised by a person. And the person to raise it should be a rehabber. Care varies depending on species, and it is important to minimize human contact for eventual release. Moistened cat food is okay - temporarily - for some species, but not for all.
As someone who has worked in wildlife rehab in the past, please contact a rehabber. They may not be able to help the bird, depending on it's species and how many other animals they are dealing with, but it is much harder to nurse a baby animal to health for release *after* it has been improperly cared for than one that was immediately brought to them.
I know that last paragraph sounded a bit harsh, but I have had to care for animals that were helped by good samaritans (with the best intentions) that inadvertently caused more harm to the animal.
07-22-2007, 10:14 PM
I think I figured out what happened. I found the nest today and we peeked inside. There is another baby bird that is twice the size of this one. Maybe the mom pushed it out because it wasn't developing? It's a robin. He's still kicking it but fading fast.
07-22-2007, 11:15 PM
Well my baby bird just died. At least I felt like I helped it somewhat.
07-23-2007, 09:20 AM
At least you tried. Sometimes that's all we can do.
07-25-2007, 12:26 AM
Thank you for the kind words
07-25-2007, 01:51 PM
:hug: Awww. I am so sorry about your birdie! A few years ago, I found a baby on the sidewalk and tried to save him. Unfortunately he didn't make it. I felt good though for at least trying and maybe making his last hours good ones. You just brough back some good memories for me.... I remember as a kid bringing home baby birds on occasion, crying because I didn't want them to die. I dug up worms, and my dear sweet mother cut them up into little pieces so it would be easy for the birds to eat. :ick: If memory serves, all but one of them survived. I can't believe my mother cut up those worms, how gross! I guess when you child is crying over a helpless creature, that is all it takes!