Why did you choose to put this text in the “emergency” section of the site? Quite simply because every year, we, parrot lovers, are asked to take care of the poor little chicks fallen from the nest that inevitably bring back to us our ( adorable ) neighbors, friends, neighborhood children and other people for whom our passion. des oiseaux designates us as surrogate parents for the “poor little orphan”.
The first thing to try to locate, if you find a baby bird on the ground, is the nest and, if possible, relocate it comfortably.
The second thing to watch out for: are the parents around? It may be a normal process for the bird to fly from the nest for the first time. In this case, the parents are not far away and the watchword is: “NOT TOUCH!” The parents know what they are doing and will encourage and encourage the little one to fly away. It’s a family story that does not concern you at all… So, air!
On the other hand, if the chick is really too young to fly away ( no feathers ), if it is impossible for you to locate the nest or the parents of the little one, or if it is the charming little offspring of the neighbor that happens to you with its everlasting “I found a baby bird and mom told me to come and bring it to you, that you will take care of it” … well there, there is no choice, you just once again to be designated the substitute parent of a charming little “affair” which never ceases to cry out and open its beak so that you bury its pittance in it…. And here we go again my Kiki… Long live spring !!!
If possible, try to identify whether this teeming, bawling little fetus is an insectivore or a seed-eater. Not always easy when they still have the shell on their heads …
- Seed-eaters have a short, triangular, slightly curved or straight bill ( sparrow, goldfinch, sparrow, cardinal, finch, etc. ), except in specific cases such as mourning doves which are seed-eaters and have a long bill.
- Insectivores have long, pointed, narrow beaks (common starlings, blackbirds, wren, American robins, warblers, etc. ).
It is better to protect yourself with a good guide to identifying species if you get it done every year.
Predator birds, sea birds or woodpeckers must be taken to a refuge for wild birds, and birds of prey ( hawk, owl, hawk, etc. ) must be sent to specialized centers for birds of prey ( see links to shelters on this site ).
Feeding your orphan
Now that the species is identified, it must be fed.
- Obtain a 1cc syringe or dropper.
- Some birds stand up and open their beaks wide; it is then easy to insert the syringe into the beak, to the right of the bird, deep enough without injuring it and to give it small amounts at a time. It is important to aim for the right of the bird’s beak, the left is for the air, so the lungs and we can suffocate the bird.
- It should be noted that in most of our wild birds, there is no real crop, as in parrots. We could rather speak of an enlargement of the esophagus. So feed the baby bird slowly ( until it refuses food ) and often, rather than trying to fill it.
- If the baby does not open its beak on its own ( common with mourning doves ), you will need to gently open it and gently insert the syringe.
- The chick should eat every 2-3 hours until the feathers grow.
- Keep it comfortable, but not overly warm ( except in naked babies, no feathers ). These are birds that must return outside.
- As the chick ages, the feeding times are adjusted.
- Older, offer it, depending on whether it is granivorous or insectivorous, seeds, berries, commercial insectivorous pate, live worms (American robin ) or mealworms ( all insectivores ) .
Recipe for seed eaters
Nothing could be simpler: store-bought parakeet or parrot breeding pâté by following the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging. Semi-liquid consistency ( pudding ).
Recipe for insectivores
1 C. canned dog food ( beef, chicken or liver ).
1/2 hard-boiled egg
1 tbsp. tablespoon boiled spinach
1/4 tsp. powdered milk
3 drops of multivitamin for birds ( like Avitron )
Pass everything in a small electric mixer until creamy. If the mixture is too runny, add crushed unsalted baby cereal or soda crackers; if too solid, add the spinach cooking water.
You can alternate, as it grows, with jars of baby food ( meat and vegetables ) and a mix of thicker insectivore recipes that you can offer using a small rounded-tip tongs.
There you have it, good spring, good summer and I wish you that your neighbors move out soon ….