22 Dec Help I found a baby bird
As we support wildlife care and education, we open our doors to to orphaned , sick and or injured wild birds. The cost and care of that we try to cover by our foundation FDOC.We will do our best to offer the right care and if possible release them back into the wild. Those who cant be released are used in our monthly education programs and visits to local schools. Finder are encouraged to donate for FDOC as caring for a young / injured small animal canbe very time consuming and expensive. If people want to take carethemselves we encourage that and provide adequate information.
If the young bird is healthy we can offer some general tips that will make it easier to help the bird, without you having to bring them in
It is a MYTH!!
“parents will abandon a baby bird if you touch it”
We can touch babybirds and the parents will not abandon them. The only birds that can detect a different smell are vultures, and well, they don’t even care if you touch their kids. Just stay around to see if the mother or father comes back to care for them. The fallen baby birds can even bemoved to either their nest or a surrogate nest without their parent leaving them, the “new”nest must be placed in approximately the same place as the old nest.
1 Proper identification.
It is very important to be able to identify the bird you are dealing with, location and type of nest, tell a lot, the color of the feathers, and the size of the baby bird do the rest. We have once been called for a baby pigeon that turned out to be a young orange winged parrot. So in the gallery we have some pictures of the most common young birds found and their names. Warning; ’beauty is in the eye of the beholder” its its sometimes hard to imagine that they will grow to be such beautiful birds.
- Proper diet
Some birds are, carnivorous, insectivorous, some frugivour and some just eat about anything.
Feeding a insectivore and omnivore diet can have serious health implications. ( chuchubis need an insectivore diet)
Some birds regurgitate the food to their young, which means the food fed must be of a higher temperature than that of an insectivore.( pigeons and parrots for instance)
Baby bird food used for parrots can be used for pigeons, parrots, parakeet, chickens, ducks ( not all duck species), Trupial
For fish eating species blended whole fish can be used but we also have lafeber piscifore diet at the practice which is a great outcome.
For the carnivores ( warawara, kinikiis, owls)
We used pinkys, fresh meat and or lizards.
Most young birds tend to get imprinted on humans a bit, so be careful and think twice before you decide to be a bird foster.
3 Frequency of feeding
That can be every 2 -4 hours depending on the species. No need to feed them after dusk and before dawn, because most birds sleep at night.
Safe form other pets in the house that might want to eat the little birdie, and if they are featherless, do provide additional warmth! Until they are feathered.
5> hydration, depending on the diet you areusing you need to give additional water, or not.
6 hygiene always clean your baby bird after feeding don’t leave any food stuck on the feather’s
7 most important, always try to find the nest and see if you can either rebuild the nest of provide a fake nest next to the originals nest location, pigeons especially can be lousy constructors. But a bird mommys care is always way better than what we can do..