Your Child Finds a Baby Bird in the Grass. What Do You Do ?
What do you do now ?
That is what this post is about. It tells you what to do. I cannot guarantee that the baby bird will live, the mortality rate is rather high in these situations, but I can tell you what to do to give that tiny life the best chance possible.
Please be advised, it is against the law in most places to capture or cage a wild bird, even if you plan to release it later. This page is not encouraging anyone to break the law, the actions taken are always up to the individual.
The Best Thing You Can Do:
Return the Baby Bird to the Nest -
This is not what your child is going to want to hear, but it is the best thing for the bird.
Keeping an eye on the baby, try to locate the nest. Starting closest to where you found the baby bird, look in trees, bushes, even tall grass. Birds make nests in a variety of places, so make sure to look every place. Try not to jerk the branches around, looking, make your movements slow and gentle, otherwise you might
destroy the nest you are looking for.
If you can't find the nest, make a temporary nest of your own with a paper bowl and scraps of soft cloth and lay the baby in it. Secure the nest in a tree or shrub near where you found the baby, and leave. Stay out of sight, but monitor for a couple of hours. There is a good chance that the parent birds will return.
If you determine that the baby is truly abandoned, then you will have to make a decision if you want to take it in and care for it, or not. If you do decide to give it a try......read on.
So You Want to Try to Save It, This is What To Do:
It is better to keep the lights dim, other than when you are caring for the baby. Change the bedding and flooring of the laundry basket whenever it becomes damp or soiled. When the bird is strong enough to get out of the laundry basket, you will have to buy or build a cage or enclosure.
The first thing you must do is warm the baby, if you don't it will exhaust itself shaking. Fill a rubber glove with warm water (not hot !) and wrap it in a small towel and place around the bowl the baby is in. You might want to cover the box with some cloth to keep in the heat. The baby needs to be kept warm.....much warmer than normal room temperature, about 95 degrees for a baby without feathers, and 85 for a baby with partial or full feathers. Placing a thermometer in the box is the best way to know the temperature is right.
Try Not to Stress the Baby Bird - This is of Vital Importance !
dehabilitation or death.
- Picking them up when it is unnecessary. The only time the baby should be disturbed by brighter lights, noise or handling is when they need to be fed or tended. Otherwise, leave them alone, unless you want to sit quietly with them, speaking in a low voice or singing softly.
- Holding them too tightly or trying to force them to eat or being too rough with them.
- If a baby is older and is used to its parents, it may be afraid of humans, due to our size and strangeness to them. Try sitting with them, so they can get used to you.
- Looking down on the bird. This scares them from the predator reflex. Try to approach and hold them at eye level
- Feeding the wrong diet for that bird
- Feeding too often or not often enough
- Too hot or too cold
Can You Get Sick From Handling the Baby Bird?
- Do not keep baby wild birds anywhere you prepare or consume food or drink.
- Wear disposable gloves when taking care of your baby.
- Make sure food containers are well sealed before putting them in the refrigerator.
- Wash all utensils in bleach water and rinse thoroughly.
- Change the nesting material daily, or if you get any food on them. Keep the habitat very clean
Have a great weekend!