Baby Heron

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lizl, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Lizl

    Lizl In the Brooder

    May 8, 2011
    We just found a baby heron in our back yard. It must've fallen from the nest. It's limping a bit, and we'd like to keep it until it's strong enough to be set free. What do I feed it??
  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    Be careful with that.
    I tried to help out a baby woodpecker, and found out it's illegal to even touch the poor thing!
  3. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    Sorry about that post, I realize that didn't help at all. I would find out what the adults eat, and try to chop it up and feed him that.
    Maybe get some feeder goldfish from the store?
    Since that's what they steal out of everyones ponds!
    And call FWS for your area, they might be able to help you out.
  4. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    I don't have much advice, just questions at this time. Where are you? The nesting and fledging season for most birds in North America is over. What kind of heron? Great blue herons usually nest in rookeries. Great blue heron adults feed their young fish. Can you give us a photo of the bird and the nest?

    Like was said already, technically it is illegal to mess with it. Can you find a wildlife reahabiltator near you?

    Good luck.
  5. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    It's ok to handle the baby with the intention of taking it to a safe place until it can be given to a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible. It's only illegal to handle it if you are transporting it with the intention of keeping or selling it.

    Here is a website for a directory of rehabbers. You can use it to search for one nearby to you:
  6. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    please do NOT feed the baby. As humans, food is comfort for us, so when we find something hurt or suffering, we always want to feed it to make it feel better. In this case, it is a very bad idea. Herons are federally protected, and while you may fall under the good samaritan law, you only have 72 hours to get that baby to a permitted rehabber. If you do not, you are in violation of federal law.

    A rehabber knows what they are doing, and they can help that baby far better than you can (and most importantly, they posess the necissary permits to do so). One thing that rehabbers will tell you is one of the worst things you can do is feed that baby. Most of the time, what people choose to feed can actually do more harm than good. Especially when you don't know what kind of shape that baby is in internally. Most injureds, especially babies, are severely dehydrated, and feeding them anything could stress their system and kill them. The very best thing you can do is get that baby on a heating pad, or under a heat lamp, see if it will take some pedialite at the very most, and get on the phone, and find someone that knows what to do.

    This is a picture of a baby squirrel that someone wanted to "make better" before calling us. It was fed impropper (undigestable) foods, and nearly died. PLEASE get this little one to a rehabber asap. The sooner he gets to someone that can help him, the better. Please trust me.


    The whole point of a wildlife rehabber IS to make the animals wouldn't want your accountant performing surgery on you, please, don't try to do the rehabber's job for them...I know you are trying to help, and that is absolutely commendable, but in this case, it can most certainly do more harm than good. I am not trying to be unkind, but right now, a life hangs in the ballance, and you may make that animal's road to recovery much harder by holding on to this baby rather than putting it in the hands of a good rehabber.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011
  7. heatherkh

    heatherkh Chirping

    Jul 21, 2011
    Clackamas, Oregon
    Another option is to call your local Audobon Society. I've taken all manner of birds to ours for rehab.
  8. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

    Apr 27, 2011
    Browntown, VA
    Good luck! Blue Herons sometimes grace the ponds in front of my house - regally beautiful! [​IMG]

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