In the garden or the middle of nature, it is not uncommon to find a baby bird falling from its nest. Most people, however, do not know how to react to such a situation. So, here are the essential things to know when you have found a baby bird that has fallen from the nest.
Things to check before you act
Before doing anything about a baby bird that has fallen from its nest, it is recommended that you first observe the tiny bird. Indeed, it is better to check if the latter is really in danger or not. The ideal is to keep a certain distance since it is possible that his parents are around and that your presence prevents them from approaching. If the chick is well feathered, it may be learning. Indeed, his parents are in the best position to carry out this training. If it becomes necessary to protect the bird from predators, the only thing to do is to put it in height., not far from where you found it.
However, it can also happen that a well-feathered baby bird that has fallen from its nest is injured, disabled or even sick. In this situation, the idea is to drop it off as quickly as possible in a specialized center.
Also, it is possible to come across a naked baby bird with closed eyes that have fallen from its nest. In this case, the little bird must undoubtedly be in danger.
A baby bird that fell from the nest: how can we help it?
If it is a young bird with little or no feathering and its nest is accessible, it is advisable to put it back in immediately. You should know that a baby bird without feathers and with closed eyes must be fed every 30 minutes at most from sunrise to sunset. Thus, taking care of a naked baby bird becomes restrictive, and the chances of bringing it towards autonomy are minimal.
If the bird’s nest is not accessible or not found, or if the latter seems injured, disabled or sick, the best is to bring it back to a specialized center as soon as possible.
Whether it is a well-feathered baby bird or not, when it is in danger, here are the reflexes to adopt :
- Gently approach the bird to capture it calmly (wearing gloves is recommended) ;
- Place the baby bird in a ventilated cardboard box using small holes. The bottom should ideally be lined with a soft, warm fabric, or even freshly picked leaves ;
- Install the cardboard in a temperate room (at 25 ° C or next to a heat source), quiet and dark. Also, avoid showing the baby bird to avoid the stress that could worsen its condition ;
- Do not feed the chick, at the risk of suffocating it or giving it unsuitable food ;
- Quickly call a specialized centre for advice.
You should know that an injured baby bird can have bloodstains on its body, beak or even its head. It may also display a hanging wing or cannot stand on one of its legs. A sick baby bird is often unable to make the slightest movement, does not try to flee and remains prostrate.
What food to give to the chicks?
In some situations, it is necessary to feed a baby bird that has fallen from its nest. However, before providing it, it is first crucial to warm it up and rehydrate it. It is only after these basic gestures that the chick can be fed.
To determine if a baby bird is fit to eat, you must first make sure that it is not cold, that the inside of its beak is sufficiently moist, and that its skin is supple. These last two elements ensure that the baby bird is well hydrated. Namely, if the inside of its beak is dry and its skin is wrinkled, the tiny bird then needs to be rehydrated.
Here’s how to rehydrate a baby bird :
- Give tiny portions of soaked fruit to the baby bird and place them one by one on the edge of its beak ;
- Boil about 15 cl of corn syrup or glucose, let cool by adding a pinch of salt and drop the solution drop by drop at the tip of its spout ;
- Obtain a non-carbonated hydrating beverage at a pharmacy and pour it drop by drop at the end of its spout.
Once the baby bird is rehydrated, it is now possible to feed it. However, it is imperative to determine whether it is a granivorous or an insectivorous species. Generally speaking, a seed-eating chick has a short, massive bill, while an insectivorous chick has a long, thin statement:
- In a seed-eating chick, it will be necessary to give it egg yolk beaten with a bit of water. He will also need a few drops of cool water. Its emergency food can also be supplemented with breeding mash in small doses.
- In the case of an insectivorous baby bird, it will be necessary to feed it every hour with about five mealworms crushed in water. You can find these worms in fishing tackle stores. On the other hand, it is necessary to avoid giving maggots to this type of young bird. Alternatively, insectivorous mash enriched with beef in small amounts can also do the trick.
If in doubt about the bird’s species, it is best to give it earthworms cut into tiny pieces. Otherwise, cat food made with chicken or beef and mixed with egg yolk will also work.
Whatever the bird species, it is recommended to feed it every hour, from dawn until dusk. In general, you should not provide a baby bird at night. Also, he should not be forced to eat. The ideal is to wait for the chick to claim its pittance through cries.
Also, it is strongly recommended not to fill the bird’s beak with food at the risk of obstructing its trachea and causing its death. It is best to place a tiny amount on the corner of its beak, on the area that displays a bulge.
Finally, it is strongly recommended not to give mixtures dedicated to farmed birds, dairy products, bread, rusks, croquettes (even moistened) and salty foods of any type to a baby bird.