Wednesday, March 14, 2018

How to Feed a Wild Bird Child

Most people forget that birds are wild animals. The best action for wild animals in many situations is to let them, especially since their unlawful home maintenance is illegal. [1] However, if you have to bring and feed him, this article will provide the information needed to take care of him.

How to Feed a Wild Bird Child
How to Feed a Wild Bird Child

Decide Whether a Bird's Child Needs Assistance or Not

Wear gloves.

If you plan to touch the bird, wear gloves. Thus, the bird does not peck you.

Check the fur.

The feathered bird is a fledgling, while the unfather is nestling (baby bird).

Leave fledgling.

Fledgling has many reasons to be out of the nest. If the fur is fully grown, the child is likely to learn to fly and must be outside the nest. Despite being on the ground, her mother would still feed her. [4]

Return the nestling to the nest.

Nestling is more likely to need help. If you find nestling, you can return it to its nest. The location of the nest should not be far away. If you can not find it, you may need the help of others to look for it.
  • Try to hear the bird's brother's voice. Its nest will be quite easy to find if you follow the birds' great-grandchild when feeding its mother.
  • To catch nestling, approach the bird by holding the head and back with one hand and grasp the stomach and leg with the other. Do not worry the parent will reject it because you touch it. Parent will receive it back to the nest.
  • Warm nestling by holding it with your hands until the bird no longer feels cold to the touch

Check for other baby birds.
  • If you find the nest and know that another nestling is dead, it can be concluded that the nest is abandoned by its mother and you have to bring another nestling alive.
  • If you are not sure, check your finger.
  • If you can not determine that birds are found fledgling or nestling, try to let the birds sit on your fingers. If it can hold it enough, the bird is probably fledgling.

Watch the nest.

If you're worried about leaving your own bird in the nest, you can check whether the parent returns or not by watching the nest for a few hours. However, be sure to keep the distance because the parent may not come back if you are too close.

Create a temporary nest.

The original bird's nest may have been destroyed by weather, predators, or humans. If you can not find the original nest, create your own nest. You can use a plastic container and cover the container with a towel, a small towel or blanket.
  • Store the nest in a dark place near where the bird was found. You can also put it into a tree in that area. Put the bird in it, and make sure to position his legs under his body.

Wash your hands.

Always wash your hands after touching the bird. Instead, wash your hands thoroughly when it's over because the bird can carry the disease.

Knowing the Right Time to Seek Help

Check the parent bird.

If the parent does not return to the nest within a few hours or if you believe the parent is not alive, contact the professional to help him.

Check if the bird is suffering from injury.

A difficult bird moving or flapping its wings is likely to be injured. Shivering birds may also be in trouble. Contact the professional if the bird is injured.

Do not try to keep it by yourself.

Storage and maintenance of wild birds is actually illegal. To keep wild animals, you must get permission from the government.

Contact agencies that rehabilitate wild animals.

These parties have the expertise and insight to care for baby birds. You can find it on the local government site. Or, try contacting a local veterinarian or animal shelter to request reference to wildlife rehabilitation agencies in the area.
  • Ask for advice on how to warm and feed and drink a baby bird. Ask politely and ask for additional advice by asking "Is there anything else I should know (or notice)?"

Identify and Feed the Birds

Understand the risks.

Remember that bird storage is illegal. The bird is also likely to die if treated without the insight or expertise to feed it appropriately. Treatment is also not easy because baby birds should be fed every 20 minutes. Finally, you also can not teach birds what the parent does, such as how to hunt for food or lurk predators.
  • Maintenance can also be dangerous if the bird gets so used to humans, can not fly, and always expect food from humans.

Recognize the bird species.

You can identify the species by looking at some Internet sites like "Cornell Lab of Ornithology" or "Audubon Society's Guide".
  • Proper identification will be easier to do if you ever see the parent. However, if still there, let the baby bird is treated by its mother. Adult birds have a strong instinct to care for their children and are able to do so.

Recognize the source of the bird's food.

The baby bird food will depend on its parent food. For example, cardinal birds eat seeds, while crows eat anything from nuts, berries, insects to small rodents.

Give cat or dog food to omnivor birds.

For omnivor birds, try feeding dogs or cats.  Many wild birds are omnivorous animals and as a child, fed on insects by their mothers. Therefore, foods containing high protein, such as dog or cat food, are suitable for these birds.
  • If you use dry food, soak the food first. Soak food for an hour. However, make sure the food does not drip water when it will be given because water can enter the lungs of birds and cause death. Food should be chewy, but not dripping water.
  • Create a small ball. Make the food into a small pea-sized ball. Suapi the bird by dropping the food in his mouth. Popsicle sticks or chopsticks can be useful for this process. You can also cut the ends of straws to make a small spoon. The baby bird will be ready to accept and eat it. For dog or cat dry food, if the pellet is too large, be sure to destroy it first. Basically, all foods should be about the same size as peanuts.

Feed the herbivor bird seed formula (a special grain mixture for birds).

If birds only eat whole grains, use a seeds seed that can be bought at a pet shop. The type of seed formula that is often sold in pet shops is intended for the parrot.
Use sprays to push food past the glottis at the base of the trachea. You will see a small opening in the mouth or at the back of the throat when the trachea is open. Make sure that the tip of the spray is directed past the glottis so that the food or water does not enter the bird trachea.

Provide food until the baby bird looks full.

When you're hungry, baby birds will actively eat. Birds may be full if they do not seem enthusiastic about eating.

Do not give water birds.

If the food is wet enough, baby birds do not need extra water before learning to fly (to be fledgling). Water will actually harm or even cause dead birds if entered into the lungs.
  • If the bird looks dehydrated when first taken, you can use an isotonic drink or ringer acetate solution. Squirt the liquid in the bird's beak by hand so the bird can suck it. Some signs of dehydration are dry mouth and reddened skin. When dehydrated, the skin of the back of the neck also will not directly bounce if pinched.

Provide food every 20 minutes.

Bird babies need food constantly in order to stay energized. However, you do not have to get up at night to feed him.

Do not touch it too often.

In order to release it later, make sure the bird has no relationship with you or assume that you are the parent. Limit your interactions with the bird and do not treat it as a pet.
In fact, baby birds, especially those younger than 2 weeks, will almost always consider the person who cares for him as his parent.

Let the bird eat its own food at 4 weeks of age.

When you are about 4 weeks old, baby birds will begin to learn to eat their own food. However, the process can take about a month. You still have to feed him during this period, but leave a small container of food in the cage. In this period, you can also provide a very shallow container of water.
Over time, baby birds will no longer be interested in bribery.

Feed nestling to be fledgling.

The process of becoming fledgling can take weeks. Birds will not survive until their wings grow and can fly. Birds can only be tried to be released into the wild if they can fly.
  • If you take care of the bird until adulthood, replace the food into a diet for adult birds. This diet is different from the previous one.
  • In addition, after a baby bird skips the sides of the box, you can move it to a cage.


Make sure that you also know the foods that birds can not eat because some foods are not good for certain birds. For example, most birds can not consume milk.

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