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Found a Baby Bird, it's injured what should I do?

Updated on July 4, 2012

My Daughter and I found an Injured Bird

On July 4th, 2012, my daughter and I was walking to the store when we saw a little tree bird trying to fly. It looked like the little bird's leg was injured. My daughter Sabrina has a tendency to help little animals in need. My first thought when I seen the little bird was "where is it's mom?" I looked around and did not see any other birds trying to help the injured starling (I think that is what it is called). I have heard many times that if you see an injured bird, you should leave it alone because if the human scent is present on the bird, the mother bird will abandon it.

Baby Tree Bird Found

Baby Tree bird that can't fly.
Baby Tree bird that can't fly. | Source

I could not leave the bird helpless on it's own!

Here is the little bird in the shoe box.
Here is the little bird in the shoe box. | Source

Helping an Injured Bird

Sabrina and I couldn't stop ourselves from picking the bird up and trying to help it. There are many stray cats around that would of had a feast for the fourth of July. I couldn't handle the thought of that happening to our new feathered friend. Plus, Sabrina has a little experience in helping injured birds a couple times. One time we rescued an Injured Black Crow.

We took the bird home and placed it in a clean shoe box while I researched online what to do. I felt pretty bad from some of the responses I read online saying "Leave it alone". Since we already decided to take it home and help it, the next step was to call animal control. Well I called the local animal control and told them our story. They told me that they usually don't rescue wild life animals and work with only domesticated animals. They were great help and gave me the telephone number to the nearest wildlife rescue shelter. As I type this article, we are waiting for the wildlife rescue lady to call us back so we can get the baby bird to an incubator where it can be professional taken care of.

Rescued Baby Bird

Here is the bird in the cage.
Here is the bird in the cage. | Source

Baby Bird is safe for now!

I had an old cage that we used for our pet rat and I cleaned it up really good. We now have the baby bird in the cage. I took a soda cap lid and washed it out and filled it with water for Isabelle (my daughter just now named the bird). Isabelle also has some soaked up nutritional food that we got from the vets awhile back. We have the cage and Isabelle inside so that she stays warm like the lady told us on the telephone. She also said to soak up some dried cat or dog food to feed to Isabelle if it seems she is opening her beak begging for food and is hungry. I will update this article when I can....The Injured Baby Bird is Safe For Now.

Baby Bird in Cage


Sabrina watching over the rescued bird.



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    • tammyfrost profile imageAUTHOR

      Tammy Frost 

      6 years ago from Oregon

      Thank-you very much.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      A sweet hub! Your daughter Sabrina is born with kindness for little helpless creatures in need. Good to know that both of you took good care of this baby bird as per the wildlife rescue person's instructions. I remembered reading your hub on the injured crow. The starling Isabella looked very cute! Well-done to both of you and your daughter!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I am glad that you took the time out of your busy schedule to lend a hand for this little one. Sometimes they really are abandoned. If they are observed and there is no parental activity after a couple of hours, something is very wrong Here, in Oklahoma, ants can kill a downed nestling.

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      Tammy Frost 

      6 years ago from Oregon

      Thank-you for your comments and advice. Yesterday, the wild life rescue lady called me back and I took the baby bird to her and she is going to take care of it until it can fly better and she is then going to allow me to release it back where we found it. She said the bird looked like a seed eater because of the wide beak and she also said she was going to take it the doctor. Thanks again.

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      6 years ago from Canada

      Such an adorable story. While I don't have experience that would allow me to give much advice besides looking into staying clean when handling birds. Personally if I could look after the injured baby bird I would look after it until it seemed better then see if it makes sense to try and release it back to nature.

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      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Tammyfrost... there are several things you can do to help your little bird. First, get an eye dropper or small "syringe" (without the needle), and fill it w/water and, separately, a type of gruel you can get from your Veterinarian or wildlife rescue center. (At this point, I should say that the WRC is your best avenue to help the bird...hopefully; they can take the bird and nurse back to health). I could go through, step by step, the proper way to feed and give water to small birds but this really is something that people experienced in this should do....please try to take the bird to the WRC...if possible. I'll check back to see how you're doing w/this little one...he will need food and water. One thing you CAN do is - using tweezers; find very small worms or parts of larger ones, and pick this up w/the tweezers, swirl it above the birds head as if you are the mother bring food to the baby...movement makes the baby bird curious or causes him to open his beak and/or take the food offered...sometimes, hou might have to place it in his mouth...gently . You can also get cat food kibble, moisten it a little to soften it, break it up in small pieces and offer it to the bird...also, leave seeds, kibble and worms in the cage / box w/the bird in case he is old enough to self feed....I have more suggestions but, again, a professional is the best solution to save the bird. Good luck


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