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Re: nestling


In a message dated 7/12/2008 10:35:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
judylee@lewiston.com writes:

Grandaughter just found a pair of baby birds on the trampoline. One  dead,
one
starving. No true feathers, just sparse fuzz. Look newly hatched  to my
untrained eye.
Help!
I have it in a container with cottonballs  & gauze. It took some mashed meat
&
water & pooped. Now  what.


I have found a baby, but he had some hair and I fed him bugs and sugar
water.  He stayed out side my house under a bush,,
Then once found a little one with bare skin,,, took him in and gave him
warmth,  He didn't survive,

I found a few things in regard to your sititation...........
""Even if you are willing to make the commitment, consider that, in the  long
run, hand-reared birds have a low probability of surviving in the wild.
Parents teach their offspring to feed and to avoid danger. They also socialize
the offspring. No matter how much care you are willing to devote to them, you
really can't give them the tools and skills that they need to survive.""


""If You Find A Baby Bird:

Is the bird injured (bleeding, broken  bones, puncture wounds, been in a
catb
s mouth, open wounds, etc.)?

If  YES, take the bird to your nearest wildlife veterinarian or
rehabilitator.

If NO, see below.


Is the bird fully  feathered?

If YES, any fully feathered baby bird found on the ground,  seemingly unable
to fly, is probably just fledging. If it appears to be  uninjured, leave the
area, and do your best to keep pets and children away from  the bird. The
parent(s) will not feed the youngster while people are  around.

If NO, attempt to find the nest. An uninjured bird found on the  ground with
little or no feathers needs to be returned to the nest. Look around  in trees
and bushes to see if you can locate the nest. Correct identification of  the
nestling or of the parents will help locate the nest (i.e. bluebirds are box
or cavity nesters, morning doves build basket nests on horizontal branches or
in  a tree fork).


Can you find the nest?

If YES, simply put the  bird back. However, make sure the young are warm to
the touch. If the baby is  not, you can simply warm the bird in your hands
before returning it to the nest.  Returning a young cold bird to the nest will
sometimes encourage the parent to  push the baby out of the nest, as it is
trying
to remove a cold object away from  other warm eggs and/ or young.

If the nest is unreachable, construct a  substitute nest of a similar size
and shape (margarine tubs with drain holes  punched in the bottom and filled
with grass make fine substitute nests) and  securely attach it as close as
possible to the original nest site. Contrary to  popular belief, the parents
will
not be frightened off by your "scent" and will  return to feed the baby if it
calls for food. If you want to be sure the  parent(s) will continue to feed
the
baby, watch the baby from a safe distance,  preferably indoors. Do not be
alarmed if you donbt see the parent return.  Typically wild animals will not
return to the nest if you are visible and/ or in  the area.

If NO, you canbt find the nest, construct a substitute nest in  the place
where the nestling was found. Watch from indoors to see if a parent  returns
(be
patient, it may not happen immediately). If a parent for more than  half a day
does not visit the nest, contact a licensed songbird rehabilitator  for
advice.

Please give baby birds the best possible chance for survival  and leave them
in the wild where they belong! Never attempt to treat or raise a  baby bird on
your own. Despite your best efforts, most hand-raised birds will  die""""



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