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HOW TO RESCUE BIRDS ~Karen in Los Angeles

Updated on November 9, 2014

Be a mom (or dad) again ~~ Rescue Orphaned Birds!

My name is Karen de la Carriere and my passion for birds has been a lifelong love affair. I will be sharing this passion with you. You will especially learn from this website how to care for baby birds, both wild life birds and pet babybirds (sometimes rejected by parents).

The keynote in all of this is RESCUE. You are taking a living creature and helping it survive. What else is more important in any kind of hobby? Nothing rehabilitates the human soul as giving HELP. I have coached many a friend who complained of depression, mood swings, unhappy relationships and gotten them out of the misery by giving them the hat of Bird Rescue. When you are busy busy helping wild life ~ ~ you are bringing out your own basic goodness ~~ the rewards are quite remarkable.

Gully the grey cockatiel
Gully the grey cockatiel

In Memoriam ~~ this site is dedicated to my beloved GULLY

"Gully" (Gulliver) was a grey cockatiel that touched my heart. He was a very early rescue.
Having been plucked away from his siblings and parents at an early age he was stuck in solitary in a cage with owners that rarely paid him any attention.

In his loneliness he would call out ~~ talk, sing, whistle which annoyed his own owners who threw dark blanket over the cage to shut him up.

Thus Gully lived for a full 10 years of his life. Almost always in total darkness. He began self mutilating, plucking out all his feathers. By the time he was brought to me, he was all skin with no feathers and having seizures. I did not think he would make it through the night.

With a lot of TLC, treats, fresh fruit and veggies, Gully came around. He became my son. In early days I wrapped him in a little handtowel and stuck him in my bra so he travelled with me when I was driving and out and about. We bonded in that special way only a bird and a human can. I did not leave him alone for a moment. He lived one more year. He valiantly tried to come out of his abusive upbringing by showing me he was happy. He even learned to wolf whistle. He would give me tender kisses (nips) with his beak and loved to bite my earrings. When Gully passed, the loss was overwhelming but to celebrate his life, I contributed to the species. I currently have 2 huge flight aviaries with a connecting tunnel and 12 cockatiels who are happy happy birds and all because of GULLY.

In the beginning .......

And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." Genesis 1:21

Is it a BOY or a GIRL?

Cardinal Law and Rule #1 on Birds

A bird does not do well in solitary. A Bird is a flock species, community living type creature. It gets sick, develops problems and dies early when kept in solitary.

I do not understand why this one fact is not broadcast over and over on the web. It is a VITAL piece of data. Just visualize yourself captured by another species and put in cage for solitary existence with no other human to communicate with. How would you do over a long period of time?

About 10 years someone brought me a sparrow that had been in the mouth of a cat. A bird rarely survives this. Even if no puncture wound. There is poison/bacteria in the saliva of a cat that kills the bird 2-3 days later. In this case the bird actually was turning his head in a lilt like he had a spinal injury. My avian Vet thought the prognosis was grim and told me he would not fly again. He survived the 3 day deadline and lived. I was jubilant..he was a survivor. However I noted he was miserable. 2 weeks went by. He was not doing any better. I went to the pet store and told my story and asked for a companion bird, the size of the sparrow. Finches are the obvious choice. Well, I brought the finch home as a companion to the sparrow and what a great move that was ! The sparrow got better and better. He would sit side by side with his new buddy, white finch I called "Buddy" They preened themselves, they chatted to each other. I saw my injured sparrow get better day by day.

Nesting

Providing your orphan a home

Someone calls you with a bird... now what?

The first thing you should do is tell them to them to place the bird in a darker place like a shoe box. Place the bird into a rolled up sock or hand towel so that the bird has clutch. To punch some air holes in the box lid.

I get my Equestrian friends to drop off a large sack of hay once a month. I use this hay to make nests in little weaved baskets they sell in any Thrift store for 50 cents. Babies should be placed with the head raised upwards (plump up the hay) and not dangling downwards.

Baby birds are Equal Opportunity Employers! There is no fighting between babies. They are all raised in the same nest, cuddling with each other like a family ~~baby scrub jays, sparrows, finches, bluejays and so on. They live and grow up as a family.

~~Nothing gives a baby more comfort and feeling of safety than huddling up next to another baby ~~This is "nesting."

Baby birds often fall 100 feet or so from nests and arrive on the pavement or grass, naked, blind, orphaned. A large percentage are killed by house pet cats. The real benefactors of bird rescue are the human species. These acts of kindness are rewarded by Nature in the most extraordinary ways.

Hand feeding Baby Birds

FEEDING FREQUENTLY IS VITAL FOR BABIES

Baby birds will eat human baby food. I use Gerber's. Use the protein ones chicken, turkey etc. not just fruit ones (no protein) You get 2 of them for a $1 and should keep a stock at home as "reserve supply".

~~ These are the 5 rules of feeding~~

First, stabilize the babies by wrapping them in sock or some such so that they do not bob up and down as you feed them.

(1) Feed babies with tip of a spoon.

(2) Clean spills with wet Kleenex IMMEDIATELY Do not let spilled food remain on feathers....growing bacteria is harmful to babies.

(3) Do not give refrigerated baby food. (Cold will "shock" their systems) Room temperature is best.

(4) Feed babies together. They copy each other, and when they see another opening their beak for food, they copy that behavior.

(5) Fresh fruit daily please. Mashed up banana or any soft pulpy furit. Do not keep old food (Such as Gerber's bottle) for more than a day...fresh is best, babies do not have systems to deal with aged food.

Baby birds grow rapidly to adult size --many in as little as 15 to 21 days! This rapid growth requires frequent feeding or they will die. Minimally, the bird needs food 3x an hour throughout daylight hours. When you get the hang of it, actual feeding is very fast. I normally raise 15 babies at a time. Babies do best cuddling with each other in a nest, all species can be nesting together.

The best immediate food is baby food (like Gerber) in the little glass jars ~~ 99 cents) All babyfood works well, fruit mixtures, meat mixtures and so on. Cat or dog food will also work but must first be prepared by cooking it into a pulpy watery mush.

All food must always be warm (not hot) I place the food in my microwave for a few seconds. NEVER feed cold food to the baby ...cold food will kill it!

A modern breakthrough has occurred to enhance the life of baby birds (both pet birds and wild orphaned birds). Scientists have developed baby bird formulas which simulate the mother's regurgitated "milk". All pet stores have it. Follow the directions on the container. Remember to warm the formula before feeding your bird. I microwave the mixed formula to warm it prior to feeding. They cannot digest it cold, and it could kill it! Never ever use the previous days' unused supply. This could also kill the bird (bacteria has changed it). I have successfully for many many years raised every kind of baby on Lafeber's Hand Feeding Formula for Baby Birds and also KAYTEE exact Hand-Feeding Formula.

Check the Fullness of the Crop. Nature designed a rather unique feature called a "crop" in our feather friends. A crop is a sack or bag in the throat area that blows up like a balloon. This area forms a food storage compartment designed to hold a quantity of food until needed.

The crop should be swollen after every feeding. If the crop is not swelling, you are not feeding it enough.

After feeding, immediately clean up baby with a wet tissue. Old food can develop bacteria and so on. Baby must be gently washed and cleaned of all remnant food.

It is best to throw away any unused formula and wash utensils.



PIGEON and DOVE FEEDING


If the bird has a long protruding beak (doves, pigeons specially), they must be fed in a special way.


a) Such birds put their beak down their mother's throat to get food.

b) You must simulate this by feeding them a "bottle"

c) Use a baby bottle and baby nipple. Slice the baby nipple just enough for the beak to go inside and move up and down.

Both bottle and nipple are 99 cents. It will take some practice, but once you get the hat, feeding these babies the bottle is a breeze.

Birds have feelings and care for each other

Here a Swallow's mate is injured and the condition is fatal. She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.



Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.



He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead. He tried to move her....a rarely-seen effort for swallows!



Aware that his mate is dead and will never come back to him again, he cries with adoring love.



He stood beside her, saddened of her death.



Finally aware that she would never return to him, he stood beside her body with sadness and sorrow.

All spring and summer long the local vets, pet stores, and the Griffith Park Rangers send me orphaned birds.

The bald Eagle is our National Bird

In 1782 Congress made the bald eagle our national bird. It is beautifully featured in every US post office express envelope.

We almost lost this beautiful creature to extinction!

Almost extinct due to hunting, habitat loss and the effects of pesticides like DDT, good Americans with RESCUE in their heart helped this bird make a comeback Bald eagle populations dropped from more than 100,000 nesting eagles at that time to only about 400 breeding pairs in 1963

Eagle Rescue

The Basic Goodness OF Man
An example of Humans helping a Bird
"Give me 1 hour with a 3rd or 6th grader and they will never shoot a Raptor again"

For Beauty it's like using only one chopstick to eat. It can't be done" said biologist Jane Fink Cantwell, who operates a raptor recovery center in this Idaho Panhandle town. "She has trouble drinking. She can't preen her feathers. That's all about to change."

Cantwell has spent the past two years assembling a team to design and build an artificial beak. They plan to attach it to Beauty next month. With the beak, the 7-year-old bald eagle could live to the age of 50, although not in the wild. "She could not survive in the wild without human intervention," Cantwell said.

The 15-pound eagle was found in 2005 scrounging for food and slowly starving to death at a landfill in Alaska. Most of her curved upper beak had been shot away, leaving her tongue and sinuses exposed. She could not clutch or tear at food.

Beauty was taken to a bird recovery center in Anchorage, where she was hand-fed for two years while her caretakers waited in vain for a new beak to grow. "They had exhausted their resources and she would likely be euthanized," Cantwell said.

Beauty was taken in 2007 to Cantwell's Birds of Prey Northwest ranch in Idaho after permits were obtained from the federal government. Soon after, Cantwell met Nate Calvin during a speaking engagement in Boise. Calvin, a mechanical engineer, offered to design an artificial beak. A dentist, veterinarian and other experts eventually volunteered to help.

Read more
Idaho team readies artificial beak for wounded bald eagle

Temporary beak already in place
Temporary beak already in place

See slide show

I salute the Boeing company!

The Boeing Co. and a maker of synthetic skin in California have volunteered to help make the permanent beak. Read more....


Images I Like

LOVE (Goldfinch)
LOVE (Goldfinch)
Food ! Food ! Food ! (Woodpecker)
Food ! Food ! Food ! (Woodpecker)
Gotcha ! (Bushtit)
Gotcha ! (Bushtit)

Emergency First Aid for your bird

EMERGENCY FIRST AID
Basic tips to treat your bird. When in doubt, take your bird to your vet!

Situation:
Bird is bleeding (puncture wound or bite from larger bird, accident, trauma).


How to handle:
An immediate quick fix that stops the bleeding is Hydrogen Peroxide. Put a liberal amount of Hydrogen Peroxide on a Kleenex or cotton and hold it gently but firmly in the the wound for 3-4 minutes. It should stop the bleeding almost immediately.

Situation:
Bird flew straight into glass (windows, car) and is stunned, can't stand up straight.


How to handle:
Keep in secure safe space, very often a couple of days of safe space will handle the situation and it will be ready for release back to the wild in 2-3 days.


Feeding Diet:

Puppy chow or cat mix greatly softened in boiling water is a great emergency diet for most birds. Soft bread, croissants, brown bread. Water in a bowl. Water should be deep, not in a saucer. Some birds need to suction out the water and need to go deep into the water.

Company:
Nothing comforts a bird back to normality as being in the proximity of other birds ~~even if they viewing each other through separate cages~~

Attracting Wild Birds to Your Yard

So much habitat loss due to modern developments cause huge population declines due to lack of food. You can give a helping hand to a few parent birds trying to make a living, trying to raise their young by setting up bird feeders in your yard ~~ and birds will treat you by visiting! All kinds of beauties show up. I recommend you Google your Zip code and State asking for local indigenous birds to your area. Then Google to find out what the birds eat.

Bird feeders and general wild bird food is sold very inexpensively at Costco and most other big stores. All Supermarkets carry wild bird food.

Place the feeders in a safe area, visible to the birds and not where a cat could leap up and get them.

The relationship and eventual love affair with birds is a gentle gradient. You can start on the path by simply feeding some outside wild birds who will visit with you daily. It's a great hobby and a way of giving something back to nature.

The House Cat and Baby Birds

Although many people will say that the slaughter of birds by cats is not significant in quantity, the cumulative amount is devastation ~~ because there are now millions and millions or pet cats.

Isn't it natural for cats to hunt birds?

Yes, it is, but cats are not native to North America, they are an import, and the United States did not have 9 pet million cats 100 years ago.Experts say over 50% of baby birds are slaughtered by roaming cats who are allowed outdoors in the key months of April to August when hatchlings try to get their wings (It is a day or 2 of practice, when they fall to the ground and caught in the mouth of a cat)One cat can kill 500 birds in a short space of time.In nature, predators are supposed to be rare and not abundant ~~ it effects the whole eco system. Please keep your cat indoors in Spring!

Cats have a huge advantage

Because their food is guaranteed by loving pet owners, they are not subject to starvation, forest fires burning nests, lack of food due to change of season and when ill, they are taken to a vet and giving modern medicine to survive better and longer.

Well Fed Cats

Even Well fed cats will kill birds wholesale. They do not need to be hungry to hunt. Cat attacks and babies orphaned by cat attacks are the single largest reason for admission into wild life rescues. Even when External damage is minor, massive internal damage to a fragile bird frequently occurs. Soft tissue of the bird is penetrated by the 60 different bacteria in the cat's saliva. If a bird survives being in the mouth of a cat, it is more or less a MIRACLE!

To all Cat lovers

Please note my love of animals extends to cats. I have a cat called Christmas Cat because he adopted ME on Christmas Day. He sleeps in my California King Size Bed and does not interfere with my Bird rescue activities. (The aviaries are well out of reach anyway) Above is written in context of cats and Baby Birds.

This is my son. His name is Da Vinci. He is an 8 year-old African Grey
This is my son. His name is Da Vinci. He is an 8 year-old African Grey

Six Dynamite Tips To Make Your Bird Happier

1) All Birds love mirrors. Solitary birds especially must have mirrors. Place a large mirror over cage, place mirrors to the side, to the back and watch the change in your bird!

2) Give your Bird a bath a day... they get to love it. Buy an empty spray bottle. Gently spray a mist at the birds body. Sometimes they want a full shower and not just a mist.

3) Birds love sounds of other Birds. eBay ALWAYS HAS bird SOUNDS CDs at good prices. See eBay Sounds CD listings below. Buy these and put them on repeat mode especially if you are going to gone for a while. It is tremendous stimulation for them.

4) Parrots need exercise! Not just stting upright in a cage. They need to swing and sway and hang upside down and climb. This Parrot gym on Ebay is wonderful. See eBay listings for Parrot Gym Trees below. (If you do the right thing for your parrot ~~ you will not get screaming, plucking out feathers, etc. etc.) Follow my 5 golden tips and see what occurs!

5) Fresh vegetables or fruit daily is a must. Corn on the bob is a favorite even for small finshes. Celery, lettuce, broccoli, apples and so on. For the bird to live long, fresh veggies are vital. No avacado. Avacado is poison to most birds.

6) Get the toenails clipped and beak trimmed regularly. Do not try this at home! ---If you clip the toenail wrong, profuse bleeding can occur. You can only clip off the very end (tip) with no blood vessels. Birds without this grooming can be very uncomfortable, even grumpy. It is VERY hard on parrots to be neglected and unkempt in nail and beak trimming.

Penguin Goes Shopping

This 10-year-old King Penguin was rescued from a fisherman's line and refused to leave after he was healed. He was adopted by a family in a small town in Japan and became a beloved pet who has his own personal air-conditioned cold room. Lala is so smart - he walks to the fish store with his little backpack to shop for fresh fish every day.

Bird Myths

Lies, Falsehoods and Old Wives' Tales

"MYTH"

A popular belief that is actually an unfounded or false notion


Myth #1
Parents will reject baby bird if human handled it


(Not a week passes without a phone call from someone who has found a baby bird, can see the nest and tells me "won't the parents reject it if I touch it?")

False!

Even in England where I was raised~~ I heard this and I guessing it has been passed on through successive generations. Truth of the matter is that birds have almost no sense of smell, except for vultures who have evolved to a keen sense of smell as they hunt for dead carcasses. The bond they have with their offspring is fierce and loyal. The bird could care less who handled it previously. They are happy to have baby back.

Myth #2

Some birds mate for life

False!

I think humans love the notion of monogamy, loyalty, steadfastness, etc. but in the bird world, there is no morality code, no ceremony of lifetime vows, no Biblical laws against promiscuity. Birds in the main have multiple partners. Even the same hatch of eggs can be fathered by multiple males. Their urge is for the species to survive by reproduction, and that's it. Their urge is not to be faithful, or to give a commitment. There is no such word as " commitment" in the bird universe! (There are some instances of birds bonding for a lifetime but as one dies, the survivor immediately take on another mate.)

Myth #3

Releasing White doves or pigeons at weddings and funerals is safe.

False!

These are raised in captivity and conditioned to be dependent on people and eat seed out of seedcups in their cage. They do not have the skills to survive in the wild and fall to the ground and often starve to death, or get totally dehydrated or become prey to predators. The Park Rangers bring me white doves on the verge of death throughout summer months, released for weddings etc.

Click Here to see more Myths...

HOW TO GET STARTED

1) Find the names, addresses and tel nos of your local vets and pet stores.

2) Hand deliver a note to each Vet office (for their notice board) and Pet Store a note that you will adopt orphaned birds. This is always well received. Veterinary Offices are businesses and do not like to refuse to help so they like to have volunteers who will take orphaned birds off their plate and will be pleased to take your tel nos, include your cell phone.

~~ SAMPLE NOTE ~~

I rescue baby birds that have fallen out of nests, unwanted pet birds large or small. Also Pet birds that have flown away.
I am not a dealer, this is a hobby done from the heart.
Name. Tel nos..........

3) Go to Ebay and purchase CDs of Bird sounds, birds singing. Have a portable CD player that plays these sounds. When you phone calls of a flown away bird such as a cockatiel or parrot in a tree, take your CD player and play the sounds. Put a bunch of treats, millet spray, and other wild bird seed in a large dish near the tree. The Bird will stay in the area of the bird sounds and come down to eat and drink.

You can also get started by getting trained as a volunteer at your local zoo. All Zoos have Volunteer programs both for teenagers and for adults. You ask to volunteer in the Bird/aviary section (It is ok if you prefer other animals, but this Squidoo site is Bird Rescue so my pointers are towards helping out our feathered friends.) You will get super training and coaching from your local zoo. You will be side by side with the VETS and technicians in action.

Here are some examples....

SanDiegoZoo.org: Zoo Jobs

Oklahoma zoo volunteers

Cincinnati zoos volunteers

Chicago Zoological Society - Volunteer

Why I admire the common Pigeon and give them all a helping hand

I have experienced wonderment at the will to survive of this bird. I have had pigeons brought to me with paralysed legs that could only walk by manipulating their wings while lying on their backs. One time I had a call from a nearby Circuit City that found a live pigeon thrown in the garbage bin. I rescued her (local vets and pet stores give out my tel no) and I learnt many hard lessons from her sheer will to survive herhandicaps. 6 months later, she was sitting up straight and I had her "foster" some orphaned baby pigeons. She was one of the best foster moms I had.

Here's a true story of the urge to survive~~

A pigeon was dropped off in a paper bag literally dying. It has 22 BB gun pellets embedded in him. Some kid shot at him for "fun". My avian Vet had to amputate a wing. He removed all the bullets but the pigeon died in surgery. My vet knew I would be sad. He said "Karen, we lose some of them, we can only do our best." 2 hours later my vet called me back. He was in disbelief. He had not removed pigeon to deep freeze because he had gotten busy with other surgeries. 2 hours later, when he went back to the surgery table, the pigeon was fluttering and had revived. Cut a long story short, I took him back where I kept him a shelter for outdoor birds. He became King of the Castle, He pranced around and other birds let him eat first, he was popular and respected. A pigeon who survived 22 bb-gun bullets with an amputated wing, lived on another 3 happy years.

Want to read another amazing pigeon story?
This will move you emotionally even if you have not felt a connection with birds.

Click here to read the story of the Blind pigeon that flies

Flying Blind Through Life ~~ Unie's story

Pigeons - In Defense of this Noble Bird

Many pigeons are exterminated with painful poisons that give them seizures and Man seems to have forgotten that Pigeons have a noble history, and is one of the most loyal and affectionate of birds

You can release the pigeon and he will fly away, and the next day he is back, sitting on the fence, looking to locate you and see if you will put out some bread and water. Pigeons bond easily with humans, especially those that feed them, and a tamed pigeon, kept alone, will become a faithful and loyal companion to its human. Pigeons live to fly ~~ even though flight is full of danger ~~~they can be killed in flight by gauntlet of hawks, cats when they alight, cars, windows, kids with BB guns and pigeon-hating or the practice-shooting adult pigeons with rifles as a "sport".

The humble Tree Sparrow of China
The humble Tree Sparrow of China

The humble Tree Sparrow of China

Read the Consequences of slaughtering this humble bird that causes no problems to anyone, and eats bugs, insects and helps the eco-system.

Chairman Mao (Mao Tse-Tung) (who also by the way was a psychopath who caused severe damage to the Chinese people including 10s of millions of Chinese deaths in PEACETIME !...) perpetrated the "Kill the Four Pests" campaign, inducing the mass slaughter of millions of sparrows and a subsequent explosion in the locust population. The destruction of forests led to erosion and the spread of deserts, and the locust resurgence prompted a collapse of the nation's grain crop. The result was history's greatest famine, in which 30 to 50 million Chinese died.

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Extinction is irreversible

Extinction is not only death of one, but of the entire species, forever!

It has been almost 90 years since anyone has seen a passenger pigeon. Only 200 years ago, there were millions and millions and millions. You would never have thought extinction was probable.

 Passenger Pigeon
Passenger Pigeon

Professional exterminators were hired to slaughter the birds. Since Passenger Pigeons only lived in huge flocks, they were easy to kill in staggering numbers. In 1878, for example, a flock of Passenger Pigeons in Petoskey, Michigan, were shot and clubbed to death at a rate of 50,000 birds a day, every day, for nearly five months. The last one was shot to death by a 14 year old for getting a bite of corn. The last handful of Passenger Pigeons were in zoos as no more wild and free ones were left. The very last one alive of the entire species was Martha who lived 29 years. She spent most of her life in the Cincinnati zoo. Zoo officials and Avian experts knew extinction was on the horizon and offered $$$thousands of dollars to anyone who could come forward with a mate. It never happened. We will never see a Passenger pigeon again.

There are birds that are being brought back from the brink of extinction and sometimes one person can save a whole species.The Military Macaw was down to 70 world wide and is up to 750. Click here to read more about saving endangered birds: American Bird Conservancy (ABC) - a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to conserve wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. www.camacdonald.com/birding/actionalerts.html is also an important link on Bird Extinction.

Extinction of Owls

The Owls of Harry Potter

Harry Potter ~~~ the mail delivery Owls are ~~~ the Snowy Owl, Great-Horned Owl, Long-Eared Owl, Short-Eared Owl, Spotted Owl, Barn Owl, California Spotted Owl, and the Eagle Owl.

Most of these are on endangered species lists.

If you Google "Extinction of Owls" you will see hit after hit after hit of how Owls are silently vanishing off the face of the earth.

In the owl species 9 are already extinct. Others have not been seen since the 1940s. Hunted down and shot for "sport", and the greatest loss of habitat is loss of Forests. Old Forests are logged throughout the world for wood. There are a small tiny minute amount of conservation reserves for Owls. (in Los Angeles, half hour drive from my home is a fabulous Owl Sanctuary).

I salute owl rescues in the US helping conserve VERY endangered birds

Even Arctic Owls are endangered.

These are endangered owls

How you can help Owls and Raptors

There is simple thing you can do to help owls, hawks and birds of prey (raptors)

Stop using D-con or Rat Poison Pellets!

You actually increase your rat and mouse population when you use rat poison.

1. The rodent ingests the poison.

2. Secondary exposure occurs from scavenging an infected rodent dead or alive. The bird then cannot reproduce or feed its young and subsequently less and less birds are around and natural predator/cycle is disrupted.

3. An Adult Barn owl kills and consumes one large rat or gopher per night. The number of barn owls we will have in out generation or future generations is directly proportionate to how much rat poison contaminates and kills them off. This is they main diet.

4. Rodents are allergic to oil of peppermint and will not frequent a property where they can smell it. Place a few drops of oil on a piece of cotton and you will not see them again. Use real "oil of peppermint" not peppermint extract for best results.

5. Hire some barn owls to address your rodent problem by installing some nesting boxes.


Wild Bird Rescue

You may rescue an orphaned bird, but you cannot keep it as a pet.

As LICENSED Wildlife Rehabilitator for the last several years, I have rescued 100s if not thousands of baby birds and released most of them back to nature and some to licensed sanctuaries. (I live in Griffith Park ~~ 4,210 acres in the Heart of Los Angeles where wild life is abundant) I have raised Bluejays, Scrubjays, Sparrows, Crows, Ravens, Hawks, Owls, Red necked Pigeons, King Pigeons, Feral Pigeons, Falcons and so on and so on. This has given me enormous pleasure, a sense of caring and bonding and nurturing and gives me a MOM hat which I love.

To care for wild birds, you first must

1) Get Trained!
2) Get Licensed!

Wild orphaned birds are fragile. They die easily! You cannot help them without first going through a training cycle. I am writing up emergency actions to do in the interim, but you cannot hope to succeed without the training, hatting and coaching.

Classes are easy, and take about the same number of hours of doing "Car School" to avoid a traffic ticket. To find out about your local classes, go to the US Department of Wild Life Fish and Game Web Site.

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      gettheanswers 2 years ago

      I met Miss Karen recently and even had the pleasure of seeing her bird sanctuary. Karen is a remarkable woman and she is passionate in her discussions about all things birds. I have a cockatiel companion myself and I learned things I didn't even known in my short meeting with her. This article is both educational and entertaining. Thanks Karen for all you do....the world needs you!

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