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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-31-2014, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Stranded baby bird

My husband and I picked up a lost baby bird (we think woodpecker) in our yard today right before Gunther got it. It's about 2 inches long, all feathers, and can fly tiny distances. I have it in a deep box in the garage with some broken up suet, water, and nesting. My concern is that I'm not sure if the bird will make it through the night before I can take it to the Animal Clinic. I tried feeding it the way my grandma said but it's too terrified to eat. I cant bring it inside due to 2 dogs and 2 cats. Does anyone have any ideas on how to ensure the baby makes it through until I can take it in?

Thanks in advance, I'm a little lost on this one.

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Not sure if this is too late of a reply but the best thing to do now is leave it alone, sounds like it is just fledged. I'd bet it will probably be okay for the few hours you
have it. Trying anything else could just be dangerous. Sometimes their hearts
can just stop.

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I have found robins twice that were on the verge of being able to fly. I put them in a fairly deep box and nailed the box to the side of my garage close to a tree. Both times one of the parents stuck around and continued tending to it. One was able to fly in about 2 days the other just a tad longer.
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I like this idea, thank you very much. If I can put the box way up high tonight (if I can in the middle of the night?) then it has a better chance of surviving. Of course I may give it a heart attack moving the box again. I'm so scared that while trying to help it I may wind up killing it.

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Another question. Will the parents still tend to it after seeing us messing with it?

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I didn't have any issues with the robins. I put the box about 7' up on the wall, just so the eave provided a little cover and out of range for most cats. I just used a cardboard box. On the second day we were able to see the youngster perched on the edge of the box with its mother coaxing it to fly. Both times momma bird would bring food.
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I didn't have any issues with the robins. I put the box about 7' up on the wall, just so the eave provided a little cover and out of range for most cats. I just used a cardboard box. On the second day we were able to see the youngster perched on the edge of the box with its mother coaxing it to fly. Both times momma bird would bring food.
Cool. I'm going to stay up until about 4 am when I hear the birds start chirping and then I'll go hang the box to a tree. I'm sure it will live until then, they don't eat all night long I'm sure.

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Oh, and thank you both for the prompt replies. I have left it alone, just put some warm towels in the box (which will need to be thrown out lol) and going to handle this both of your ways. Thank you very much.

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My clinic works with the local wildlife rescue so we take in tons of babies this year. To be honest I know everyone is trying to do the best thing but it drives me nuts because in reality it's harming way more than helping.

Birds can't smell so will not reject a baby. As well once they get feathers and start to attempt to fly often times they will end up on the ground but will still be fed by mom until they can fly.

Unless there is an obvious injury all young wildlife should simply be left alone. Rescues that take in wildlife are already handling a ton of injured animals more often than not.

I would put it near where you found it, or if you can with an open box fashion some kind of nest off the ground nearby. The parent will return and care for it.

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We only grabbed this one up because the dog was about to eat it. I didn't want to witness that, I can't stand seeing any animal get hurt by another. I did have it in the garage overnight to keep it safe from stray cats and my dogs, at 4 this morning I put the box on top of one of the hedges near where we found it. I have been up all night waiting to put it back for the parents to find, and keep looking out the window hoping to see a parent find it. And as I typed this, the parents found it! I'm very grateful for the advice that was given. When the situation arose I was on my way out the door for work and had NO clue what to do to help the bird. Now I know exactly what to do in the future!

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