Baby bird has feathers, its eyes are open, and it is able to move away from you.
- Leave it alone! Baby birds do not fly from the nest. They fall out of the nest and start clinging to branches, staying close to the ground for one to two weeks. They start with short hops from branch to branch. These gradually get longer until the bird eventually flies. The parents will take care of it during this time.
- If possible, remove the cat or dog from the area until the bird is able to fly (one to two weeks).
- Put the bird in a nearby bush, out of harm's way. Birds have a poor sense of smell; the parents will not abandon a baby touched by humans.
- Don't stay in the immediate vicinity of the bird. The parents will not approach if you stay around.
- Return the bird to its nest.
- Make a nest using a small basket or margarine container. Punch holes in the bottom and line with paper towels (not grass). Secure it with duct tape in a branch fork near the old nest. The parents will find it.
- If you are certain the parents will definitely not return, transport the bird to a rehabilitation facility. Place it in a small open container lined with paper towels. Place the container holding the bird into a cardboard box.
- Do not feed or water it. Its diet is very particular, and they have a feeding schedule that must be followed.
Which rehab facility will accept birds?
The World Bird Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital admits 400 birds per year. They don't do pick-ups due to staffing issues. They accept birds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. They accept raptors (hawks, owls, eagles, vultures, falcons, etc.), herons, pelicans and swans.
If you find a songbird — a cardinal, bluejay, etc. — call Wild Bird Rehabilitation at 314-426-6400.
Call the World Bird Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital at 636-861-1392 for more information or advice.
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