Abandoned Babies !!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Littleturkey123, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Littleturkey123

    Littleturkey123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, i am not sure if this is the right place to put this but, here it goes anyway. [​IMG] I found 3 baby swallows on my barn floor and my cat almost ate them !!! i saved them and have them in a box lined with paper towel. they are cheeping and 2 out of 3 are drinking out of a syringe. what do they eat? and when i pick them up they cling to my finger. they also try to "eat" my fingers, is this a good thing? i found them tonight, but my sisters say that they found them yesterday. so they fed them bread and water secretly and they have seemed to have survived. [​IMG] P.S. they also are currently huddled up in a group, is that normal?

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  2. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a wild life rescue in your town you can take them to? Baby birds need to be fed every 20 minutes, which can be hard for folks with any kind of schedule. They need a high protein diet, some pet stores sell baby bird food that you can buy. Many people suggest wet cat food. Baby birds do not drink when they are very young, they get moisture out of their food so be careful when giving them water, it is easy to drown them. (Not sure how old your sparrows are, so they could be old enough for water). If possible I would definitely take them to a wild life or wild bird rescue. Good luck!
     
  3. Littleturkey123

    Littleturkey123 Out Of The Brooder

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    there is no wildlife rescue around here but i know that they are shedding their baby feathers and they don't like boiled eggs, i tried to convince one of the chick's to eat it and they grabbed it for a second and then spit it out [​IMG] and even if there was a wildlife foundation, i want to raise them here and set them free at by barn [​IMG]
     
  4. jnkir7

    jnkir7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have raised quiet a few on soaked cat food when they get older feed some small crickets
     
  5. Littleturkey123

    Littleturkey123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:can they eat dead flys, i have spent the last 10 minutes killing some:) ?
     
  6. lmz534

    lmz534 Out Of The Brooder

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    Grab yourself some earthworms (or cheat and go buy some fishing bait) they would also love mealworms I bet. Just make sure to break it all into small pieces like mom would! Better yet, look around the rafters in your barn and see if you see the frantic mother. Maybe you could put them back in the nest. I rescued a baby robin earlier this summer. I couldn't find his nest, but his mother was frantic to feed him. I got an amazon.com cardboard box and shoved it up in a tree and threw him in. His mom swooped in 5 minutes later and fed him there. 2 weeks later he feathered out and took off with her! Momma knows best, so see if you can get them up into a nest, even if it's just an abandoned oe cardboard one. Good luck!
     
  7. Littleturkey123

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    i heard that worms are bad for them if the mother hasn't digested it first. [​IMG] should i keep them in a box,or should i make something new for them to live in? [​IMG]
    the babys have been away from their parents for days since my sisters wrecked the nest and have had them in a cage in the barn with bread and water since yesterday. [​IMG]
     
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  8. jnkir7

    jnkir7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes they can eat about any insect would be good. finding mom would be better she may have been feeding them on the ground if they are doing that good
     
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  9. Littleturkey123

    Littleturkey123 Out Of The Brooder

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    i edited my post before, it shows that i cant do much other that take care of them myself [​IMG]
     
  10. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard you can feed them cooked hamberger. but that might be crows only [​IMG]
     

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