Like many people, you probably have a soft spot for baby birds. And who can blame you? They're so cute and fluffy. But how do you care for a baby bird if you find it?
In this article, I'll tell you some of the best ways to care for a baby bird. Keep reading to find out more.
Place the baby bird in a box with a towel and some nesting material.
If you find a baby bird, the first thing to do is place it in a box. It doesn't matter what sort of box as long as the animal can breathe and isn't too cramped. The best material would be cardboard because it's non-toxic and won't irritate the bird's skin. Then, put a towel over the top and some nesting material such as fluff or tissue paper on top of that. This will help keep the animal warm.
Keep it warm by placing the box next to your body or under a lightbulb.
After putting the bird into its new home, you need to keep an eye on it so that it doesn't get cold. If the bird is still awake, you can place it against your skin so that it's nice and warm. Alternatively, if it's really cold outside, you can also place the box under a lightbulb for an hour or so and let it bask in the warmth before removing the light.
Feed the bird every hour on the hour using an eyedropper or syringe filled with water and corn syrup.
As soon as possible after rescuing a baby bird, you should start feeding it little bits of food every hour until it falls asleep. It might be hungry because its mother was killed by a predator or because she left her child alone while looking for food. In both cases, this is terrible, so you need to step in and do your best.
To feed the bird, use an eyedropper or syringe filled with water and corn syrup. You can also use honey or sugar if that's all you have, but try not to give it anything else because it might be bad for its health. Feeding the animal every hour will let it build up strength before it falls asleep.
Give it time to grow
However, don't release it until at least six weeks old to make sure it can fly well enough without getting hurt from hitting something high up.
After this point, you should still feed the bird every 3-4 hours during the day and leave out some food when you go to sleep. However, you can also close the box and let it sleep for a few hours. Over time, you'll gradually be able to leave out food longer and longer until eventually, it can eat on its own without your help.
The important thing to remember is that if the bird is still being fed at six weeks old, don't release it yet because it might not have enough skills to survive in the wild on its own. Some animals just need more time than others before they're ready to go back into their natural habitat, so carefully monitor how well this baby animal is coping with living outside until then.
Take care of it as if it were your own pet
If you find a baby bird that has been abandoned, then there's a good chance its mother was killed by predators. In this case, the best thing to do is to take care of it as if it were your pet.
In addition to giving it food and water, you should also play with it so that it can socialize with other people and build up a healthy bond with them. This will help prevent future mental health problems from affecting the little one when it grows up. However, remember not to overdo things because no one likes being forced into anything they don't like doing. The main point here is that you want the animal to be happy while it's still young, which will pay off in the future.
If you have a garden, then you can release the animal back into its natural habitat once it's big enough to compete with other animals for food. The ideal time to do this is around six weeks after rescuing it, but sometimes, the process takes longer if the bird has special needs or isn't eating enough food. As long as you take good care of this animal until then, don't worry too much about whether it will be able to fend for itself when you finally let go.
Bettering nature gives people satisfaction
If you love nature, taking care of a baby bird is great. Some people also love planting roses and other flowers in their garden. As long as you're doing what you love to help better the natural world, it's always a good thing to do.
How To Care For A Baby Bird – FAQ
I found a baby bird on the ground. I think it's sick/injured, what do I do?
If the bird is an indicator species, meaning it could be a sign that there are hazardous chemicals or other environmental issues in your area, it may be best to call a wildlife rescue organization.
In other situations, place the baby in a small box and put it in a warm, dark place. If you have towels, slightly dampen one and gently wrap the bird in it (this will keep it warm and help with shock). Ensure that no cats can get near it. If you find ants crawling on the baby or if flies are starting to congregate around/on him/her then wipe them off immediately; these insects can prey on injured animals or severely weaken already sick ones.
I have a stump in my garden – is this dangerous for birds?
Yes, stumps can be very dangerous. They often contain staples and other sharp objects that the birds could injure themselves on. Make sure any wood in your garden is smooth and as safe as possible for local wildlife – no jagged edges.
You should consider removing the stump if it is close to an area where birds frequently walk around. If this is not possible, you can try to cover the stump with moss or some other thick, soft material so the baby doesn't injure itself on any sharp objects inside.
I found a baby bird on the road. Is it best to leave him/her there?
If you are concerned for the safety of this animal, take it inside your home and place it in a small box with some soft clothes within. Make sure there are no other pets or children around who could harm the little one. Monitor the bird every hour or so to make sure that there is no bleeding or other injuries, but don't handle it too much – animals can become stressed if humans are too close by.
If possible, bring the baby to a rescue center as soon as possible. If this is not an option (and only if), try to find out where its nest is located and bring the little one back there.
How do I know if the baby bird is male or female?
Most birds have very different coloration for males and females, so you should be able to tell by looking at them. If you can't see any differences in their plumage, try gently opening their mouth. Look this up on Google images or ask a friend who knows about these things.
I don't have enough time/energy/money to take care of a baby bird. What should I do?
If you are too busy with work or other responsibilities, then it might not be best for you to take care of an animal that needs constant attention and care throughout each day. You can still help the little one by calling up a local wildlife rescue center.
Final thoughts on how to care for a baby bird
In conclusion, you should keep an eye out for any wounds or other problems that might need veterinary attention. As a general rule of thumb, if the baby is injured and has been on the ground for more than 24 hours, it's best to seek medical care from a qualified vet as soon as possible.