Baby bird found, what to do???

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  1. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Hi, my neighbors and I found a young baby Robin on their lawn. Their cat attacked it today and we don't know where it came from, but it's alive and appears to be uninjured (but very tired and hungry because it's just laying there and opening it's mouth when you go near it). It has opened its eyes a couple times and is breathing fine.
    After investigating a little, I found a Robin's nest in a tree across the road. It has one single empty blue egg, which had some kind of clear liquid/water in it. [​IMG] I haven't seen the mother return to that nest lately and I don't know if that's where the baby Robin came from.

    What should we do??? I have baby bird formula (for caged birds, such as Parakeets, Cockatiels, etc.) and a few syringes for feeding (because I have a bunch of Parakeets and they're all hatching out a bunch of eggs right now, so I have the formula just in case).
    It's warm outside so it should be fine right now. We're all just keeping an eye on it, and watching to see if the mother comes to find it...So far she hasn't. [​IMG]

    Besides leaving it alone and watching to see if the mother comes, what else could we do?
    Also, the baby Robin is old enough that it has grown some feathers, but it is far from being able to fly still. This is about exactly what it looks like right now: [​IMG]

    Thanks!
     
  2. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    OK so after some research I read that baby Robins, when fledglings (which is close to where this one is at) will hop from their nest and explore the world from on the ground. Maybe this fledgling was exploring when the cat got it, so that's why there aren't any other baby birds in the nest I found??? I don't know. [​IMG]
    But I also read that they can eat baby bird formulas (such as mine, for parakeets, etc.), blueberries, earthworms, mealworms, bits of strawberries, etc...We have all that. If needed I can feed the baby bird until the parents find it. I kinda wish I could keep it because I know all about (or mostly) raising baby Parakeets. [​IMG]

    Now off to look up local rehab centers for wild animals... [​IMG]
     
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

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    I would feed it some of the "Bird Formula." And I would bring it inside and put it in a cage. You don't want the cat to get it again! And why can't you keep it?
     
  4. lurky

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    I just wanted to remind you that wild birds are often infested with mites, so watch yourself as they get right on you when you handle a wild bird like that.
     
  5. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Quote:Yes, I didn't touch it very much but I still made sure to wash my hands and everything. I didn't see any mites/lice (the chickens have had them before so I know what they look like). And thankfully, bird lice doesn't affect humans. But still, I don't want to give the Parakeets or the chickens lice. [​IMG]


    Update: We moved it to a circular garden on the neighbor's lawn in the shade. We think we saw the mother bird calling to it. I really wish I could keep it and feed it myself...I don't think it's illegal to keep and raise a baby Robin, since they aren't endangered or anything so I don't need to have a license or anything. [​IMG] But one of the neighbor's insisted that we just leave it alone for now. [​IMG]
     
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    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy :

    I would feed it some of the "Bird Formula." And I would bring it inside and put it in a cage. You don't want the cat to get it again! And why can't you keep it?

    Their cat is inside their house I think, so it's safe for now. I'm leaving to my mom's house in a little while so I'm worried that something will happen to it when I leave...I feel like i can't just leave it in that garden and hope the parents come to save it. What if they don't?? If that nest I found across the road from where it is now is the nest it came from, how will it make it back? It can't fly, and can't walk very well. If I could I would let it stay where it is to see if the mother comes to find it, and if not I would take it and care for it myself. I have an incubator for warmth and a spare bird cage, plus baby bird formula and I found a make-it-yourself formula for baby birds online. I haven't started school yet (still have a little less than a month to go) so I wouldn't be too busy to take care of it until it got older. Either I could care for it myself or I could bring it to a wild animal rehab center. I read that that's the best option, but only if you are sure that the parents aren't going to take care of it.​
     
  7. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

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    Quote:Their cat is inside their house I think, so it's safe for now. I'm leaving to my mom's house in a little while so I'm worried that something will happen to it when I leave...I feel like i can't just leave it in that garden and hope the parents come to save it. What if they don't?? If that nest I found across the road from where it is now is the nest it came from, how will it make it back? It can't fly, and can't walk very well. If I could I would let it stay where it is to see if the mother comes to find it, and if not I would take it and care for it myself. I have an incubator for warmth and a spare bird cage, plus baby bird formula and I found a make-it-yourself formula for baby birds online. I haven't started school yet (still have a little less than a month to go) so I wouldn't be too busy to take care of it until it got older. Either I could care for it myself or I could bring it to a wild animal rehab center. I read that that's the best option, but only if you are sure that the parents aren't going to take care of it.

    Hope the parents come back! [​IMG]
     
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    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    Quote:Thanks!
     

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