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Baby Bird Help

Updated on June 19, 2013

How To Help A Baby Bird - Only for Animal Lovers

Have you ever encountered a baby bird fallen out of its nest? It is a deplorable situation. Usually, the baby bird has fallen from so high up that it is all torn up inside, and might die a painful death soon, if it cannot hold on, or "hang in there." The baby bird will be there in the grass or on the pavement, just crying out for its mama to come and rescue it. This will happen when there is a strong wind, or when the baby bird is almost ready to fly, but perches on the side of the nest and loses its balance.

The first thing to do is observe from a place where you won't be seen by the mama. The thing to do is to see if there is a mama flying around near the baby bird, trying to feed it or comfort it. This process can take awhile, possibly half a day, but it will be worth it. If there IS a mama, then your job will be to somehow place this baby back in its nest, or, if too high for you to reach, place it out of harm's way, where the mama can have access to feed her baby without having to worry that the neighborhood hoodlum cats will get it. The most important thing to remember is that a baby bird is much better off with its mother. But, if in the event you or someone would have to step in to help it, this is what to do.

I used to work at a school that was surrounded by trees and there were baby birds constantly falling out of trees needing help. If that baby bird has been sitting there all day where it dropped, without a mama bird to come to its rescue, then chances are that either she has abandoned it or she is dead because a cat ate her. Sometimes the mama bird will abandon the baby bird if she thinks it will not survive because it is too hurt.

If this is the case, then you must quickly take over the mama's job of feeding the little bird if you want it to survive. I have done so many-a-time.

1. Keep the bird warm. This can be accomplished by making a nest out of whatever materials you might have on hand, from paper towels to rags to paper from the shredder. Use your imagination. I have even used electric hot pads but you need to be very careful with these and put them on the lowest setting else you might have baked bird.....

2. Go the the supermarket and purchase some baby food-chicken, and baby food-fruit (any kind). Take a teaspoonful of each one and mix them together. Baby birds need protein to grow, that is why the mama brings them worms, so that is why you will feed it chicken, but if you have access to worms, that might be better. I personally, will not do the worm thing. I like convenience. The fruit is because most birds eat fruit and it provides them with carbohydrates. You will take a dropperful of this mixture and feed it to the baby bird with that eyedropper. If the baby bird will not open its beak, you must open it with one hand and feed it with the other. If it does not eat, it will die. You can tell if it has had enough because the chest area, right under the neck, or gizzard, will become visibly full. But another clue is that the bird will be satiated and will simply stop asking for food.

3. After you have fed the baby bird, give it a dropperful of water. Birds also need to drink water. If the baby is visibly bruised (I have helped this kind) you might give it some human baby acetaminophen (tylenol) in dropper form....(I would dilute it a bit) and give only one drop. A bird that has no feathers yet will have visible skin and that skin will be bruised in the spot where it took the fall. If the baby bird was not lucky to fall on a soft spot of grass, then it will be very sore and might die....but, there is always hope. Think positively.

4. Let it sleep. (Remember to keep the baby bird warm. Many birds will die from getting too cold). After feeding it, it will get sleepy just like any other baby, and it will need to sleep. You can wrap it up in tissue or something soft, and place it in the nest you have made, or if you are a female, you might wrap it up in tissue and place it in your bosom, under your shirt. I have often done this. That bosom place is the perfect temperature/warmth for a baby bird. The baby bird will want to feed often, maybe every hour on the hour....if it is awake...but don't wake it to feed it. It will let you know, believe me. Let it rest. Like all babies, it will need rest. Don't handle it too much.

5. Remember, only try to help birds that really need your help. The best place a baby bird can be is with its own mother. If you can somehow help them both get back together, that is the best route to take.

I have successfully helped and raised many abandoned birds in this way through the years. If you have found a bird and want to help it in this way, then allez-y (Go, go, go)! You will be doing a good deed for the environment and for nature. Your patience, love, and compassion will be returned in the satisfaction that you have helped another living being to continue on living, and saved it from a horribly painful death.

Good luck on your bird rescuing efforts!

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Helping A Baby Bird
Helping A Baby Bird

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      Danae 2 months ago

      I saw the baby robin i have been raising since it was a bald featherless bird on the ground painting. Well todays a holiday and i saw him eat a huge peice of and now the bird has a buldge in his neck please help me

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      Marsha Reagan 2 years ago

      NEVER NEVER GIVE BABY BIRDS WATER - THEY CAN ASPIRATE WATER VERY EASILY AND DIE (GET WATER INTO THEIR LUNGS). ALSO, BIRDS "FALLEN" FROM THE NEST ARE CALLED "FLEDGLINGS" THEY ALWAYS COME DOWN TO THE GROUND FIRST AND HOP AROUND, USING NEARBY SHRUBS AND THINGS TO ALIGHT AND HIDE UNTIL THEIR WINGS BECOME STRONG ENOUGH FOR FLIGHT - CAN TAKE A FEW DAYS. THE PARENTS STAY AROUND, BUT MAY NOT BE SEEN FOR A FEW HOURS AT A TIME. IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO SIMULATE A WILD BIRD'S DIET WITH PET BIRD FOOD AND CANNOT BE REPLICATED WITH BIRDSEED - THEY NEED A SPECIAL MIX OF PROTEINS AND VEGETATION AS PROVIDED BY THE SPECIES - THE PARENTS. WILD BABY BIRDS RECEIVE THEIR WATER/HYDRATION THROUGH FOOD. THEY MUST HAVE THE FOOD INTRODUCED VIA THEIR CROP - NOT JUST IN THEIR BEAK - IF YOU SEE A BABY BIRD OBSERVE IT FOR SEVERAL HOURS - IF THE PARENTS DO NOT FLY DOWN AND FEED IT AFTER FIVE HOURS, TAKE IT TO A BIRD RESCUE. DO NOT TRY TO CARE FOR IT YOURSELF.

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      maricarbo 3 years ago

      I apologize for not having attended to this blog in a long time. I hope that all of the birdies made it. I have had so many commentaries it is hard to keep up with them. Please use your common sense. If it is a baby birdie and it does not open its mouth to eat you can gently open it. Pry it open with your fingernails if you have to. Just don't harm it in the process. It will release its firm closure once it sees that you mean it no harm and that you are actually trying to feed it and help it. Animals also have a sixth sense, possibly stronger than ours. They know when you are trying to help, but also, fear can get in the way, and fear has a way of blocking correct perception. Don't be afraid of doing this. A baby cannot harm you! But that baby will be "harmed" if it does not eat. I would say at least feed it four to six times a day, and if it is asking for food, by all means! Feed it! On demand!

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      linda 4 years ago

      Monday, baby has taken flight with parents! hooray! Was a wonderful experience!

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      linda 4 years ago

      well today is sunday and still have the little sh*t. Saturday morning took him outside at 6:00am. Parent fed him but instead of flying away they were hopping along as if trying to get him to follow. They would start to fly, he would start to fly but yet again was not able to fly very high. The parents stopped coming back after an hour. I guess maybe that was there last attempt? Still stayed out until 9:00am then brought him in as I went to auction. Came back at 1:00, took him outside until 4:00pm, no parents. Was out this morning for 2 hours. No parents so going to petco today to see about different types of food. He eats when I feed him baby food solution and I have mashed up grapes, bananas and apple I leave in the crate that he picks at. He's still verryyyy vocal. My son and I will toss him up into the tree and yell "fly" several times each time I go out. He does fly the height of the lowest branches of the tree but seems to not make the connection to fly to the branch. I did put him back up in tree but he wont stay, he just fly's and stays on the ground!!

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      Linda 4 years ago

      Ha ha, guess I didn't have enough tresses intertwined throughout tree! This is a huge a** tree and he got out. Yesterday, Thursday I stayed outside with him from 6:30 am until 8:00 pm. The parents fed him all day with frequent visits later in evening, about 10 minutes apart. I suspect this is because they do not eat at night. Baby was very active trying out his wings. preening, sticking his beak in the ground. "lump" has went down and the head movements have stopped. i brought him in for the night and fed him the baby food diet and he played a little in the bowl of water. If nothing else this whole experience has been very informative and a pleasure. I mean I take this bird away from his parents for the night, they don't leave they are there each morning. I am hoping that the baby takes flight over the weekend and I continue to write this as yes, the process does take time and dedication but so far has been very rewarding!

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      linda 4 years ago

      took the bird out this morning around 6:30am. I put him in the grass directly below the tree and the mom and dad were there within 10 minutes to feed. They have been feeding him all day but it's to the point where the cats are hearing the chirping that they do back and forth and they will not go away soooo my son and I bought some cheap tresses and wrapped them within the tree branches so he is up off the ground and still being feed. He can't fall through or fly out until he is ready to go

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      linda 4 years ago

      Bird has been sleeping since 9:pm. I suspect he will start chirping when the outdoor birds start here in about in hour or so. I turned off the air and opened the windows so he would be able to hear. I cleaned the "lump" over his right eye and it looks more like a growth then an injury, could this be causing the issue with his head continually moving from left to right, left to right? possibly. Last night he had began to open his mouth on his own to eat the baby food mixture. I try not to mess with him much other then to eat because he seems to be to friendly and hops right into my hand when it is time to eat. I have him in a very large dog crate with towels and a small cardboard box with grass. He continues to hold to the side of the box and practice flying which is great as well!!

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      linda 4 years ago

      hi, I was out trimming bushes yesterday and saw a baby robin sitting in my neighbors driveway. I brought the bird to my side of the yard and just kind of took a survey. The bird does fly, but not far as his hind tail feathers are not long enough yet I suppose. He also has a large bump over his right eye and continually turn his head from left to right, left to right so I believe he my have hurt himself in the fall? I did hear some chirping and saw a large robin up above in my tree so I got out a ladder, put the bird up in the tree and waited. 15 minutes the mom came down and fed the baby. Hooray ! But then the little bugger flew out of the tree and plop, down in the grass again. This went on for two hours. feed, plop, feed, plop. I know he his trying to follow his mother but cant quite do it yet. I would leave the bird on the ground if I could but I have 6 cats.....yep lol. So today was going well for about 6 hours, when he came down I just brought him inside and said that was enough. It's really quite cool as this bird will chirp on clue every hour, hour and a half to eat. So he is in the house for a couple of days and then i will take him out again. Don't know whats going on with eye, the mother was feeding him, she didn't abandon him. I did call the local habitat and DNR and they both said the baby dosen't have much of a chance and they will not take him because they almost always die...so sad....but we will see what happens tomorrow

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      kelli 4 years ago

      Found a small robin in our yard. Can fly very little. Stayed in the same spot for 5-6 hours with out moving. Afraid cat or something will get it. Tied to feed soom hotdog and cheese with no luck. Broght it in for the night. What else should I do?

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      TheFirstShot 4 years ago

      Please any1 help!!! I have this small bird have no idea what breed it has no feathers on its neck and won't/can't fly. It wont eat or chirp must less move. I found it over a tree today on a garden weed railing so apparently it can move. It's aggressive so I can't touch it all I could do is put it in a bucket and I left it in the warm sun. It's day now I just found it about a hour ago. please some1 help I will keep a eye on this page!! I cant drive yet to go get baby food me and my Mom have no idea what else to do...we gave it 2 dried shrimp from my turtle and a Gatorade cap of water also a butterfly. But it wont eat it or move it sits there with wings spread out doing not a thing. PLEASE someone, anyone help!!!

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      Siobhan 4 years ago

      Just an info question...Walking out my apt bldg I heard a bird defiantly distressed. Poor think was screaming. There was a young pigeon on a windowsill with an adult pretty aggressively pushing him. then a male flew over and took over pushing harder until the little one fell off and onto a window gate. He tried flying but didn't seem to get flight and just fell. He didn't seem hurt - just really upset as he was being pushed around. I finally had to walk away because it was upsetting. Could this be his parents trying to force him to fly? Rain was starting and although pigeons usually stay in the rain - maybe they wanted him back to the nest? He really did seems to have trouble flying. When I got back I didn't see any of them so hopefully settled but is my theory possible - they were teaching him and not child abuse??

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      Sean 4 years ago

      Thank you for the tips

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      Joey 4 years ago

      Found a baby robin and I've had it for two days. He seems healthy. His leg kind of looks broken but I'm hoping not. I've been feeding it mushy catfood and praying for the best.

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      Bella 4 years ago

      I have found a baby bird and it is dying and wont let me feed me plz help me

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      KLisa 4 years ago

      Thank you for all your help, this is the best advice I have found online so far! :)

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      Hunviet1213 5 years ago

      However, may I ask for how long I need to feed the baby bird with baby food...Until when she can be fed with solid food? and what kind? before letting her out back to nature...She already has all of her feather growth and be able to jump/fly short distance in the cage.....Thank you once again!

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      hunviet1213 5 years ago

      Thank so much for all of your tips. The easy steps of instruction did help me in taking care a baby bird that fell out from its nest that my dad found her yesterday afternoon. Thank you!

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      Hunviet1213 5 years ago

      Good Evening - Thank you so much for all of the useful information regarding of how to take care those baby bird. My father found one this morning and I'm trying to follow all the above steps. Hopefully, this baby bird will healthy and able to learn how to fly on his/her own.

      Thank you once again!

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      Maria 5 years ago

      Thank you. Knowing that there was a baby bird outside and heavy rains on their way, I am so grateful to have come across your page. These words gave me needed knowledge and motivated me to help this baby. I went from thinking there was nothing I could do to action. Birdie has been fed and is resting in a basket on my patio being kept warm in a towel. I have paper shreds ready on hand once he's/or she's dry rested. Something tells me that this babe has had quite the afternoon. Thanks again.

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      Preston Mullins 5 years ago

      ty for the tip a stray cat killed the momma bird i found 4 baby birds in the nest today

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      Kate 5 years ago

      A baby bird fell out of a tree in our backyard yesterday. Then today my cat found it and i think he chewed on it a little but i dont thing the bird was hurt that much. My mom thinks that it would be better to just leave it and let it die, but i really really REAALLLYYY want it to live and take care of it. Should I just listen to her and let it die or should I convince her more to let me take care of it?? Because i love animals and i hate to see a young animal die :'(

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      AmberS 5 years ago

      Thanks for your article. I have a baby robin that barely has any feathers and has a cut on it's back. I've been successful in getting him to eat and poop. He sleeps a lot. Another tip for everyone, that I found on another site is that they know to open their mouth when they feel the parent land on the nest. So every time I try to feed I tap on the box and what do you know, he opens his mouth!!! Good luck everyone

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      LaLa18 5 years ago

      Thank you for your article. I found two baby birds n the bumper of my truck a bou two weeks ago. They have now grown some features and ate flapping around but all of the sudden the bigger one has quit taking the food :( but Maby its because it dozent want to b hand feed anymore I don't know. Do you have any sudgedtions please??

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      Belen 5 years ago

      Before we had 5 baby birds that had falen out of a tree me and my siter had found and I took them home to care for them because the mother was nowhere to be found but after taking a few steps I saw what I think was the mothers carcass I have tried all of these techneics but only one is alive right now and I am really scared I am hoping that this last bird will survive because it still has a whole life ahead of it.

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      Belen 5 years ago

      We only have 1 baby bird left now and I feel so horrible I am thinking of bringing them to Project Wildlife so they can care for the last baby bird I am really hoping that it will survive to be an adult!

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      Belen 5 years ago

      My sister found five baby birds that had fallen out of a tree a couple of days ago and she found the mothers carcass near the nest so she brang them home to care for so far two have died even though we've been feeding them as much as we can and I always cry at the thought of it:(. I am hoping so very much that these steps will work! And if I am sucessful of keeping these poor birds alive for long then I will say THANK YOU or GOD BLESS YOU 100,000,000,000 times! Wish me luck

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      brian 5 years ago

      i am 15 year old and i have found a baby bird that has a small cut where the wing meets its side and i have no idea how to care for it but i would love to try to save its life so if any 1 can help me plzz tell me THANK YOU

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      bb 5 years ago

      my cat got a hold of a baby bird and i am trying to care for it but i dont no how .ts got a small cut on its side

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      krysta 5 years ago

      what dose it mean if theres a red thing coming out the butt and its only 2 weeks old tops :P

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      Brooke 5 years ago

      I found a baby thrush in my garden tonight,I left it in the garden for awhile but the mother never showed up.It seems injured as it is lying on its side.I have it in a box with socks to keep it warm. I tried to feed it blended dog food but it wont open its beak for me, I have no syringe to feed it as its too late to get one now, have you any advice for me? It would help a lot.

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      Ashten 5 years ago

      Would something like a light that omits a bit of heat and it warped and covered in a cloth help?

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      FRANCIS 5 years ago

      HI

      I HAVE GOT A SMALL BABY SPARROW WHO IS NOT EATING AT ALL AND SOMETIME HER BODY GETS WARM AND I FEEL SHE HAS GOT COLD CAN YOU PLEASE ADVISE WHAT IS THE BEST FOOD TO GIVE HER AND MEDICINE

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      kelly 5 years ago

      hi i just found a bird and i do not know what to do? can u help me PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      danisaha 5 years ago

      plssss help ok well i need help with this issue i found a kight baby bird but its huge ! the thing i she/he is missing a leg and the other one was hanging on a thin flesh or nerve with the bone and everything so i tried my best to fix it and also put it into place and tied it up ! everything now i am hopping it will at least have one leg ..but if that doesn't work can he/she live with no legs !?? its such an active fella

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      Emma 5 years ago

      a sure way to open a baby birds mouth is to make a high pitched sqaueak or scream but not too loud. i am not sure why this works but it really, really does

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      laqwan 5 years ago

      i found three baby robins, who's mother had built a nest in the side of our grill. We checked on them frequently and we noticed that she abandoned them that night during a storm. they nearly froze to death. unfortunately two of them died. at the moment one is still alive. we called wildlife rescue and were told not to feed them so they wont be in danger of choking. We made a nest out of a basket with towels and a heating pad. Every time i go to check on it, he opens his mouth for food even while he is sleeping. Now my sister gave him so chicken and rice baby food,cause he was hungry, and i'm not really sure what to do, i don't even know if wildlife with come pick him up and i would be devastated if he died too and it could have been prevented.

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      Justin 5 years ago

      Hi I found a baby robin a few weeks ago and i have been hand feeding him now the robin can fly i was thinking of letting him go tomorrow some were there's a lot of woods and not a lot of cats. I just wanted to know if i let him go will he know how to feed him self i dont want him to Die.

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      crystallette 5 years ago

      I have 2baby birds in my care I am trying my best but I am worried they will not make it I had one with a air sack rupture so I drains the air I have had them for a little over 24 hours I don't know what kind they are or how old they don't have any down on them they were in a nest of 4 but 2 were dead and these ones were close get need all the tips I can get

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      jelica 5 years ago

      i found a newborn baby bird and and half its arm was bruised and how long do i feed it baby food?, and how long do i keep the bird and then let it fly away?, also wouldnt the other birds smell humans on the bird and kill it?Because i dont want that to happen.

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      CANDICE 5 years ago

      We found a baby bird on mothers day that had fallen in my moms yard. There is a nasty cat and we just knew it would be catfood. I was not aware that we should not disturd and that mother was most likely nearby so we made the mistake of taking it home to out house away from its mother not knowing. However we put him in a keenex box lined with soft tissue and fed it mushed catfood through a dropper twice that evening. The next morning my husband when out to feed it again and as soon as he opened the box it flew away lol. It flew from deck to shed to fence to tree. My only question is now that we moved it away from its mother and have no idea where this bird is now do you think he can survive on his own without his mother? He was flying but will he know how to hunt and how to look for food? It was approx 18 day old fledgeling by the look and size of it.

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      Diane 5 years ago

      I found a baby sparrow that had fallen from his nest. His little head was cut from the fall but he wasn't actively bleeding so I made sure he was warm and put him back in the nest. Do you think he can recover from a small cut? The parents came back to the nest....

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      lloydcalalin 5 years ago

      yesterday I found baby bird and was almost hurt by kids thier mom was captured by the kids so I decided to take care of the birds and it became an adult but it always go with me every time standing in my left shoulder .

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      Sharon Edmark 5 years ago

      How come in this day and age there is not a WEBSITE for us to help little birdies. I have one now and no one will help me - the little Robin will not grow or fly to florida for the next season. It is going to starve since I have no one to help me preserve the nest since MOMMA left - Is that SAD or WHAT?

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      Pebbles 5 years ago

      A baby Sparrow had fallen from high up in one of our barns last June...Ive had her since (I think its a girl) I was afraid to release her as shes lived in her own huge cage since and doesnt seem to be afraid of cats & dogs ..Ive always fed her finch/canary food and small mealworms. She quit eating the worms. Does anyone know why ? I hear her eating seeds plus she loves bread or pieces of donuts, tortillas, etc Anyone have any advice...she is our pet bird now I suppose, will be a year old next month. I'd so appreciate any input. Thank you :)

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      Dustin 5 years ago

      Just an update... All the baby birds flew away today with the mother and father bird including the one that was on the ground and covered in ants! Thanks to this website that little bird survived. Without this site... I'd have believed the myth that the mom wouldn't come back if the nest/babies were touched. Thank you!

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      Susan 5 years ago

      Yesterday my neighbor's apartment roof was being fixed. In it they found a nest with a baby pigeon and an egg. They pulled the whole nest out and put it in a milk crate on the deck about ten feet under where it originally was found. The workers were there for a couple hours making very loud noises an sealed the whole where the nest was. I'm not sure if the mommy has come back:( It is hard for me to check up on the birdie from a distance so I'm not sure if I am scaring the mom away or she has just not come back. The birdie an the egg survived the night. I am not sure what to do! Will the mommy come back??

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      Isobel 5 years ago

      I rescued a baby bird yesterday, a fledgling, from the entrance to my apartment building which is on a very busy street with lots of traffic both vehicles and pedestrians. The bird was in front of the store door on street level and people were starting to come by the store. I brought it around the back, to the roof garden. I fed it chicken soup from a dropper. I was hoping the parents would find it because it has a very strong cry; the bird is always calling, but no bird is rescuing it. It flies a little around the yard but cannot fly above the fence, which is 8 feet high. I go out occasionally to feed it, which seems to help to keep up its strength. I don't know what to do now, would appreciate some help. The baby seems very strong, despite everything it has gone through. I think I should just leave it, feed it, and hope it gains enough strength to fly out of the garden. Please let me know if I could be doing something else....

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      Ana 5 years ago

      We found a baby bird on our concrete driveway about 6:15 pm tonight. It had ants on it already, but it was not dead. We brought it in, washed it to get the ants out, and after the initial surprise that took about half an hour, my husband built it a nest, and then we made some food for it. The bird seemed to be doing fine and reacting, but did not want to eat any of the food. We thought about returning it to the nest, but today has been an unusually cold and windy day (in Georgia) and they were announcing freezing temperatures tonight, so we decided to keep it until tomorrow morning. We plan to return it to the nest, which is on our porch. I realize this was probaby a bad idea, but we just did not know what to do.

      The problem is that the baby bird did not want to eat. We tried three times but to no avail. It is now 10 pm, and the baby bird was sleeping the last time I checked and tried to feed it. This was about an hour ago.

      I have two questions: 1) Do you think this baby bird will survive through the night? Should Itry to feed it before tomorrow morning? 2) Since we did not put it back in the nest immediately, is the mother still likely to come tomorrow? I am not sure if there are other birds still in the nest.

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      Chrissy 5 years ago

      My situation, a little different. The birds are in my home vent. All advisors say to let babies grow and then clean out vent after they leave. They just started chirping non stop day & night. How do I know their momma is still around to feed them? Don't want to disturb them if it's not necessary but also don't want them to die in my hm. Any suggestions? Do baby birds chirp all the time even if they're ok?

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      Crissy 5 years ago

      My little red bird didn't make it.***(RIP)*** :( He did not like the Kaytee's baby formula food. I tried baby cereal to mix with it and that seemed to help but he was already too weak to eat. I tried everything except the baby food. Ill try that one next year... I usually nurse a bird or 2 back to health each spring. Keep up the good work fellow bird lovers!!!!

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      peu 5 years ago

      can you tell me whats the name of the bird in the photo that you used in the end of your article?i have found a bird 2 days ago and that little bird looks just like this...but im not sure whats its name! it was a helpful article.thanks!

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      Dustin 5 years ago

      There's a small nest out in the front yard in one of our hanging plants. One of the baby birds fell out onto the porch (about a 4 foot fall to the concrete). The baby bird was laying down and it was struggling but it was definitely still moving a lot. Ants were trying to get at the bird. I put it back in the nest and the mother bird hasn't kicked it out of the nest (i put it back in about an hour ago...) did i do the right thing? What should i do at this point?

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      Barry 5 years ago

      Today my wife found a fledgling in our open garage. We had been trimming limbs from Hackberry trees which are indigenous here in Central Texas, and we thought that the bird may have been dragged into the garage where we had been bundling the limbs.

      We placed it in a large styrofoam cup lined with dried grass and got on the internet to get some guidance on how we could help the animal. It didn't appear to fly well, but we later realized that the darkness of the garage and inside the house disoriented the creature. When I lifted off the colander I used to keep it in the cup, it flew quite masterfully to the blinds on our south window, on the opposite side of the house from our garage where we found it. From this position, the sky and trees were visible, and the bird homed right in. All right then, I thought, so you can fly pretty well, I'll give you a shot.

      I took it in hand and placed it on our open patio in back, then immediately turned and left, sliding the door closed behind me. The little bird began to vocalize and in two seconds a female cardinal flew out of the Ash tree of my neighbor, sat beside the fledgling, and they both flew into the same tree together!

      Our experience verifies everything said in this space. Mama birds don't give up, they don't care if their babies "smell like human", and that fledglings really are more capable than they appear.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      k and Rachel...do you have any wild bird rehabilitators in your area?

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      Rachel 5 years ago

      I have 5 baby birds and they are still in their nest. we have a potted pland right out side our house and the made the nest in that. The mamma bird has not returned in a couple of daysand im worried that their going to die!!!!!!!!!! Any comments that will help??????

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      5 years ago

      I have found a baby bird in a partially cracked shell.Eyes not opened but is breathing and opening its beak.what do i do!!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      From a former rehabber, you did very well!

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      CosmoJoe 5 years ago

      Hi Ben,

      Do you know what kind of bird it is? Does it have feathers? One of the easiest ways to make baby bird food is to soak kitten chow in water. If you want to get a bit fancier, you can put the kitten chow along with a hard boiled egg into a blender and add water until it is a paste and then feed that to the baby. This will ensure it is getting enough protein.

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      Ben 5 years ago

      found a bird for 4 days now, we kinda feed it not sure if hes eating, what should i do? and i dont see parents nearby

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      kathy 5 years ago

      Hi there have found a robins nest in my garden....mum and kids all look like they are doing fine, i've been out and got mealworms,suet pellets and a bowl for fresh water for mum to try and help..its all in a nearby tree away from cats, foxes etc.

      But our weather is supposed to be turning cold again and i'm worried the babies who have hardly any feather at the moment won't survive. Is there anything more i can do to help mum keep them well fed and WARM??

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      Qistina 5 years ago

      thanks for ur advice! last monday i saw a bird on the ground but it died this morning.

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      NeedHelp!ASAP 5 years ago

      My baby bird that I rescued was eating perfectly fine for bout 5 hours. Now hes barely eating and all he wants to do is try to stand up. Is this normal? I need help! I don't want him to die!

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      Mari 5 years ago

      Hello, I have found a baby bird that has no feathers and eyes still closed. I found it in a flight line. Tried to look for the mom but didn't find one or a nest. I went back for it when I realized there was no bird helping it and I didn't want it to get ran over( like it's brother, who was run over next to it) I am deployed in the desert and no worms or baby food around I don't want it to die I've fed it a few times some some flies that I caught mixed with bread and water I don't know what else to feed it. Plz help. Also I've used hand warmers under it's blanket, at night to keep it warm!

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      Mocking jay 5 years ago

      I caught a baby bird 2 days ago and he is currently on a cat food diet but he is also sleeping a lot based purely on my ducklings ( wich don't give me much to go on ) I'm estimating him to be about a week old. Is that ok

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      bharathi 5 years ago

      i found a baby bird and its cat bird i guess,i have to go to college so how can i feed it once in hour..

      plz help me

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      britney 5 years ago

      thanx soooooo much helping 1 write now

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      guests 5 years ago

      how long for a baby bird to leve the nest

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      NZ 5 years ago

      Hey there,

      My kitten brought home a Thrush that has fallen out of it's nest. The bird isn't bleeding at all but is missing a few feathers. It won't open it's eyes but I have been force fed it a tiny bit of watery cat food by prying it's mouth open with a tooth pick. It is lying in a 'nest' of tissues with a wheat bag under it )luke warm) is there anything else I should be doing? How do I know when it needs feeding if it doesn't make any noise, and how much should it be getting? (It has its feathers and looks like it was about to leave the nest) Thanks.

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      sop 5 years ago

      thix

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      stacey 6 years ago

      i feed my bird soggy frosted flakes is that ok? we have know baby food or anything

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      Bella.F 6 years ago

      Hi guys, today I found a young baby magpie on the road. It was wondering around near a busy main street and nearly got hit by our car. There were no other magpies in sight and it would likely have got killed if I left it there. I took it home and fed it bread soaked in milk. It is now asleep in a box wrapped in a towel, and I'm checking on it regularly. What else should I be doing?

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      Betty notts uk 6 years ago

      hi all nature lovers i am late with this message the little starling who i rescued and hand fed for a few weeks has left us, we let him fly around the garden and he came back to us he was a real little character who we had become very fond of, after a few days he flew further each time & came back to us, then he really took off and we havent seen him since, he is where he should be wild and free.....would do it again if i got the chance....

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      Jasmin 6 years ago

      This is in reply to a posting of 7 months ago, in which an important question is raised without (as far as I have seen) the answer being given in the blog.

      kiran writes -

      Am heartbroken. I presume the mother of these two baby birds had been killed, so i took in these two birds, two days back.

      We fed it with avocados, oats,milk and they both were eating so well. We even had them put into a home made nest-lined with socks, cloth, and even let them have a sun bath and permitted them to "exercise"-by letting them out on a newspaper, and allowing them to flutter their wings and use their legs. We packed them into the nest, and within an hour-i found them dead. How did both of them die at the same time? Where did we go wrong. Did i over feed them, did they suffocate due to the increased food, or was it hypothermia. God i feel so disheartened. If they had to die, why was to i led to them in the first place-i thought God had led me to them so i could save them.

      PLEASE NOTE THAT AVOCADO IS EXTREMELY TOXIC TO MOST BIRDS (and quite many other animals) and can lead to their rapid death. The symptoms are manifold (starting with gastro-intestinal problems), and you will find details on the internet.

      Rescuing young birds is always fraught with many risks... All we can do is inform ourselves as much as we can, and do our best in caring for them... and ultimately I believe what counts is the love that we have given to these wonderful creatures, who seem to come from a world far closer to the Divine than our present human reality!

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      Muhammad Usman 6 years ago

      I've found a baby bird 5 days ago in a very bad condition and there is no mama bird around. So i take him with me and feed him daily and he is recovering day by day and he's looking fit but i don't know what happened to him last night when at night i put him in the nest for sleep but this morning when i wake up i found him dead. I'm very upset why this happens

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      Dawn 6 years ago

      Hi Becky & Millie, would love to hear how your bird is doing. My bird is still going 8 days on from it developing a sneeze. I took mine to the vet who advised all what I was doing was correct but after giving him a week of antibiotics he is still going, still has this sneeze but is still tweeting away and eating. When he was younger we gave him egg yolk (full of vitamin A which is important) through a syringe, cat food and sugared water, worms, meal worms etc. Now he is feeding himself on the food the vet gave me which is Royal Canin "sensitivity control" chicken and Rice and my bird finds the small pieces of chicken easy to pick up himself. He also drinks the water himself now. I'm just hoping he gets well enough to release back into the wild! I'm out gardening at the moment with him having a good walk about in the garden at the same time :-)

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      Cristina 6 years ago

      I wish I had found this blog sooner. My husband found a baby bird with no feathers and eyes closed (a "pinkie"). He didn't know to look for a nest so he took it home. A couple hours later I returned from work and tried to look for the nest but couldn't find it. I didn't have anything to hang up in the tree to make a nest so I put the birdie in a small box lined with tissue paper. We tried to feed him water and bread first, then I read that's a no-no, so we bought baby chicken food and I mixed that with water. At night I put a towel over the box (leaving a gap for air) and a light bulb over it. The bird was still alive in the morning but much weaker. It felt cold to the touch. I think the light bulb was not warm enough and it was probably starving from not eating overnight.

      This morning I tried to feed it boiled egg yolk mixed with water (with a dropper) and it barely opened it's mouth. I think it needed warmth first, then water and food. So I found a wildlife rehab center nearby and they took him in. He's so weak that I hope they can save him. He was so perky yesterday afternoon, I wish I had known what to do better. The rehab center has incubators and they take care of all kinds of wild animals, incl. birds. I hope the birdie makes it although I'm not sure they will feed it often enough for it not to die. I wish I could have taken care of it but we have a 2 yr-old boy and we work, so no time to take care of a little newborn birdie.

      I am touched to see how many people with kind hearts are out there in the world. Good karma to you all and may your life be filled with happiness, prosperity and love. xoxo

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      Becky and Millie 6 years ago

      Hi we are 12 and 9 and we need your help!

      We have found a baby bird on the floor outside one of our houses it has feathers and doesnt seem to be majorly hurt. So we have put it in a small box with straw. Then we put it in our guineapigs run (in its box) and after a couple of minutes we put a hot water bottle under the box so it was warm.

      We cant seem to get it to open its mouth and we dont want to hurt it and as children the adults have told us to leave it alone although we think it is hungry and thirsty? We cant find its mum and we dont know what else to do? Help Us!

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      Jacob 6 years ago

      May the living father in heaven bless you for your mercy and may it return to you sevenfold.Selah

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      kel 6 years ago

      It would definitely be hard to watch him die after all of the work I know it's taken to keep him alive and well. A vet sounds like it would be a good idea and hopefully it will be a quick fix. I hope that all goes well for your little bird.

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      Dawn 6 years ago

      Hi Kel, Many thanks for your comments! Myself and my three children have all been taking turns on helping this bird with feeding etc and we thought now four weeks on this bird was going to survive and the only problem we had was to release him back into the wild. We have this week been doing as you said, taking him into the garden for a while, a couple of times a day and he has been loving it. The last two days we have noticed him making a sneezing sound and this afternoon it has become more frequent, with him opening his mouth quite wide to breath so I think he is ill. This will be such a shame, particularly as he has been doing so well, if he were to die. I think the best thing is to get a vet to look at him and hopefully a course of antibiotics or some other drugs will do the trick! Just looking up on websites respiratory problems in birds can be a Vitamin A deficiency so that could be the cause.

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      kel 6 years ago

      Also, Dawn, I raised a starling last year. I never had a problem with him sneezing or showing any signs of illness. Your bird may be sick. Here's a couple of links that may help: http://www.starlingtalk.com/starling_illness.htm,

      http://www.aav.org/search/. As for the release, I think it should be a gradual thing. I took mine outside once or twice a day to get him used to other birds, grass, bugs, and the general outside world. However, I think it's best to wait until late afternoon when it's cooler and the grass is dry. I kept him close and helped him find bugs so he would be able to do it himself when he was older. When he could fly, he flew up into a tree and came back down. Gradually, the time he spent away would increase. I would watch him fly from tree to tree and associate with other birds. He really enjoyed it. He began to find his own food and one day he flew away with a flock of starlings and didn't return for a few days. After that, I saw him around the yard and he would call to me if I called him, but he did not want to return. He stayed with that group of starlings. I hope that everything goes well for you, just sharing my experience. Good luck. :)

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      kel 6 years ago

      Hi Coryn, I have saved a couple of baby birds and am currently raiding a robin. She is almost ready to fly. I came across this hub and related to it, so I figured i'd read it. I saw your comment and just wanted to give you an answer. I have fed all of my baby birds wet cat food. Do not give them the seafood flavor. I have read that it is not good for them. I have always used beef and have never had a problem. I would not water it down because chances are the food already has enough moisture in it and if they get too much water, they will die. To be more specific though, I've always used wet cat food in the pouches. That way, it soaks in the liquid and has enough moisture in it. If you do use the pouch food though, be sure to break it into small pieces for your bird (I get about ten pieces out of each slice.) Hope this helps.. :)

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      Dawn 6 years ago

      My daughter brought a baby starling home that she found about 4 weeks ago. I have been feeding it on various foods such as cat food, egg yolk, seeds, mealworms and despite thinking it would die within the first day, it now has feathers and is eating well. My only concern now is it appears to be sneezing and I also don't know how I can release it back into the wild. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestings?

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      Coryn 6 years ago

      This is very helpful as I have found a baby Robin while I was walking my dogs this morning. The mom was dead next to the fallen nest. There were three baby birds as well but two of them were dead. One seemed totally fine. I took this one home and am going to try and raise it until its old enough to go back to the wild. But I saw on another website that watered down wet cat food is good for it. Is that true?

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      toddwertz 6 years ago

      Very interesting hub. I'm glad I've read this. I enjoyed. Thanks.

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      Emily 6 years ago

      it just rained, the baby bird is still breathing, but not moving as much, i dont think it has much time left!

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      Emily 6 years ago

      im 14 and i found an almost dying baby bird in my neighbors lawn, what do i do?? please help!

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      Malcolm Scott 6 years ago

      im having a party in my barn on tuesday,there is a family of swallows living in there, i cant have the mum flying around all nihgt as it will scare my guests, so i will have to lock the perents out, but will the chicks die, also there will be alot of loud music, adn also will the perents die or not come back if there locked out all night away from the babies? :/ ???? it is in 2 days so need a reply urgent!! :)

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      Steven 6 years ago

      I saw One yesterday it had nO feathers and it was Next to our car and we had to go i was so sad i couldnt helP it now îts dead because i saw it again now i hate myself because i couldnt help it

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      Steven 6 years ago

      I saw One yesterday it had nO feathers and it was Next to our car and we had to go i was so sad i couldnt helP it now îts dead because i saw it again now i hate myself because i couldnt help it

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      spud 6 years ago

      I've got a newborn baby bird that the cat brought in it's been bitten and i'm worried it has internal injuries, however it has survived the night. should I wait till it wakes up to feed it? it's been sleeping all night, plus I checked on it and there was a fully grown cattapiller next to it i'm guessing it threw up?

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      spud 6 years ago

      I've got a newborn baby bird that the cat brought in it's been bitten and i'm worried it has internal injuries, however it has survived the night. should I wait till it wakes up to feed it? it's been sleeping all night, plus I checked on it and there was a fully grown cattapiller next to it i'm guessing it threw up?

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      Liz 6 years ago

      What kind of bird is the baby bird picture in your post?

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      chicnewmom 6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      I don't have a bird now, but I use to have one. After we decided to have a baby and decided to turn our home into a baby world, we decided to give our bird away. We wanted to keep the baby away from allergens.

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      Roxan 6 years ago

      Your A Hero But I Have One Question My Little Baby Pigeon Is Tired And Can Not Move Its Body But Only Its Eyes I Fed It And Gave It Water But Please I Beg Of You Help Me!

      xxRoxanne

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      chianti57 6 years ago from Yokohama Japan

      hi betty from notts uk,

      I taught my birds how to fly indoors(basement preferably). I would let them perch on my index finger and slowly raise and lower them letting them get the hang of using their wings. When my little ones were strong enough which was about 2 weeks after flying practice and they were eating live worms and bugs I would catch for them; that's when I took them to the forest and let them go.

      Two of my birds came back to my home the following year.

      Good luck!! to you and your little one.

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      betty from notts uk 6 years ago

      i am having the same problem the little bird we have been feeding for 8 days is now in a cage as he has out grown the carrying box, he now sits on the perch and has most of his feathers i need to know when we can let him go i am worried if we do it too soon & he cant fly well enough the cats will get him and our hard work will have been in vain....

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      kim 6 years ago

      I found a baby robin and I have been taking care of it for the past two days. He is doing great, except that he sleeps all the time, and has been unable to fly, although he has been perching since I found him.

      How long does it take between when they first begin perching to when they can actually fly?

      I am going away in two days, and he will not be ready to be left on his own. What is everyone's view on taking him to a bird rescue shelter?

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      betty from uk 6 years ago

      we found 5 baby birds & their mum, they had fallen from a nest in my neighbours guttering which is high up, 3 of them were bleeding & dying, the cats had got to them. the last 2 were ok so we took them in, as we have cockatiels & budges we had a carrying box to put them in. one of them died the last one we have had for a week now. he has doubled in size and is eating lots ie baby food live meal worms chopped chicken, and is spreading his wings, we are just not sure when it will be ok to set him free, he hops to the door when you go past wanting food... those people who say leave them alone if we had he would have died. couldn't have got up to the roof and theres lots of cats around here.......