Larose LoganOakes
Larose LoganOakes
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Asked on Jun 6, 2013

What to do with a baby bird?

LynJennifer VallotHot air
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Does anyone have any advice what to do with a baby bird that cannot fly? It has all of it's feathers and wings.What should we do? It isn't making any sounds now but it's heart is still beating. I think it must have fallen out of a very high up nest.
Thanks!
Larose
What to do with baby bird?
What to do with baby bird?
What to do with a baby bird?
What to do with a baby bird?
20 answers
  • Phil
    on Jun 6, 2013

    You have to keep it warm for starters, then feed it by eye dropper Maybe some small worms if you could find some. My aunt use to do it all the time

  • Larose LoganOakes
    on Jun 6, 2013

    Sounds good! I'm off to get some worms from outside. Do I smoosh them up?

  • Shari
    on Jun 6, 2013

    This baby's best chance at survival would be a veterinarian in your area that treats birds. It could be sick and require medication. Many vets will take injured wildlife and provide care with no cost to you. Aside from that, I'm sure the internet is filled with lots of info on how to care for little guys in his situation. I hope he makes it.

  • Larose LoganOakes
    on Jun 6, 2013

    Thanks everyone! Baby bird crisis avoided. Baby is back home with his momma and daddy for now.

  • Lou B
    on Jun 6, 2013

    The best thing is to put the bird back where you found it, If you know where the nest is maybe up in the tree where the parents can see it and take care of it. You can buy baby bird food at pet stores and the droppers to feed them.

  • Z
    on Jun 6, 2013

    Oh that's good to hear Larose. We had a heart breaking experience here with three Robin's eggs that a Mama bird had placed too low and a predator got them.

  • Larose LoganOakes
    on Jun 6, 2013

    Oh that is terrible! We had flying lesson one year in our back yard and I saw a cat jump straight up in the air and he almost plucked that baby right out of the sky until I swatted that cat. I guess we shouldn't interfere with Mother Nature! Lesson Learned!

  • Z
    on Jun 6, 2013

    Yes it was Larose. Our grandson had found the nest and was so excited later when I thought to check and see if there were eggs in it. Not sure why we didn't look that first time. Anyway I took pictures and the next time we were outside together we went to look and the next was on the ground with the eggs no where in site. We live in the country so it could have been any number of wild critters. Our cats all stay inside. Outside to them is the screened in porch.

  • Becky (J) P
    on Jun 6, 2013

    I took care of a baby robin last summer for a week. I fed him 4-5 times a day with soggy cat food. If he only knew!

  • Larose LoganOakes
    on Jun 6, 2013

    Now that is too funny!:)

  • WE have a place in Central NJ called Raptors Trust. http://theraptortrust.org/ This place is amazing. You can visit and watch predatory birds that had wings broken or were hurt in traps etc become saved while they recover in outside coops that they can fly in when their able. Once they are saved they are released back into the wild which is a very large swamp area in which the Trust is located. Their web site also has great advice on what to do if you find an injured bird.

  • Larose LoganOakes
    on Jun 6, 2013

    Thanks for the info! I will check them out.

  • Stephanie
    on Jun 7, 2013

    Hi Larose! I live on Fort Belvoir, so i'm your neighbor, well sort of. :) If this ever happens again you can always call the Animal Wildlife League. Unfortunately, I have have had to call them a couple of times for assistance.

  • Larose LoganOakes
    on Jun 7, 2013

    Thanks for the info Stephanie! I did call the AWL yesterday and they said to put him back and that his parents would take care of him and I did and he is fine now. I am keeping a watchful eye on him.BTW, I was born at Fort Belvoir many years ago.

  • Vicki
    on Jun 8, 2013

    wow, I never see that bird before. glad u got it taken care of. I used to take care of baby birds for several years and decided no more. Too much works to feed baby birds. So I let the nature to take care of them.

  • Larose LoganOakes
    on Jun 8, 2013

    I think it is what we call a catbird around here because of the sound that it makes when it crys.It sounds exactly like a cat crying.They used to sit on the telephone lines and swoop down at me like they were attacking me when I was delivering mail.

  • Sugarbunny49
    on Aug 30, 2013

    I keep a list of local wildlife rehabbers (licensed by NYS) easily accessible, with their specialties. I have helped lots of injured, sick. and/or displaced animals over the years, but when a rehabber is available, I much prefer to use their services since they have specific knowledge for each species. In many states (including New York), it is illegal for non-licensed people to "interfere" with wildlife in need of assistance. On the surface, it seems counterproductive, but when you learn about all the specifics and what different species (even breeds, if dealing with dogs and cats) require, it makes sense.

  • Hot air
    on Dec 19, 2014

    try and find a rescue for injured wild life

  • Jennifer Vallot
    on Aug 14, 2015

    If it has all of its adult feathers, it is likely a fledgling. You should leave it alone and let the parents care for it. If it has scant or partial adult plumage, you can try placing it back in its nest (no, the parent will not abandon or kick it out because your scent is on it; birds have a poorly developed sense of smell). Otherwise leave it alone. The parents will protect and care for it even on the ground.

  • Lyn
    on Apr 27, 2016

    if you cant reach the nest cause its too high or inaccessible, you might want to try keeping the bird but where it is easily seen by its mom and dad. If they don't come around you are gonna have to feed the bird and if its hurt nurse it back to health. If you have time do it your self. You will be known for generations to come by the birds. let them see that you are carrying for the bird and they will even tell the other birds.All of them that see really are great fun, they will show off for you and they will feel safe in your presence.If you have animals let them see what you are doing they will also see you caring for the bird .It will build your relationship with them too.Your pets will also become very popular with the birds. I hope you have time to do it because it really is a blessing and it will open up a whole new world for you and your whole family especially if the bird returns to the wild but also if it doesn't. It really depends on you and how you would like to be connected to nature.

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