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05-31-2014 05:03 PM
Syaoransbear So glad this turned out well and the parents found it.

That reminds me I need to post my spring 'What to do if you find a baby bird' instructions.
05-31-2014 02:09 PM
Ellimaybel Apparently this fledgling was much stronger than I thought, or mom really chewed him out today. I put the box out and 8 hours later when I woke up the bird was gone. So it had enough time out there alone to fly to home. Which is good because it is HOT here and when I saw the box was sitting in full sun I thought I baked the poor kid.
05-31-2014 09:29 AM
onyx'girl Always best to move the baby to safety, but don't try to intervene with bringing it in to feed/ etc....most fledglings have their parents watching over and feeding them, showing them how to fend for themselves. I've rehabbed several baby birds because people do this, then call the nature center for help/which they then have to direct to rehabbers because the people messed with mother nature.
05-31-2014 09:14 AM
huntergreen just wondering how "bird" is this am.
05-31-2014 08:24 AM
Nigel Hope the bird is doing ok this morning. Just wanted to clarify, when I nailed the box up, I left the top wide open. After a couple days of being fed by momma bird it had the strength to fly up and perch on the edge. Cats were our primary concern too. As long as the bird is healthy and you place him some where safe in the area, it should be fine.
05-31-2014 06:14 AM
Ellimaybel 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!
05-31-2014 05:01 AM
Anubis_Star 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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05-31-2014 01:45 AM
Ellimaybel 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.
05-31-2014 01:37 AM
Ellimaybel
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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.
05-31-2014 01:33 AM
Nigel 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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