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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by xxkirsty&herchickensxx, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. xxkirsty&herchickensxx

    xxkirsty&herchickensxx In the Brooder

  2. Baymule

    Baymule Songster

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    Go to a bait store and buy crickets or the like. Tractor Supply here has mealworms, try them too.
  3. xxkirsty&herchickensxx

    xxkirsty&herchickensxx In the Brooder

    Is there any specific type of cricket of mealworm that is the best?
  4. stargirl

    stargirl Songster

    Jun 15, 2011
    Oh what a cutey!
    This is the story of my life. Injured and orphaned birds always seem to turn up on my doorstep!

    From the pic, it's hard to tell if it's fully feathered yet? Could it be a fledgeling?

    Mealworms would be good - might be easier with dried ones soaked and mushed down a bit. I think you can use cat or dog food too, anything with a lot of protein.

    Good info here:
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  5. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Songster

    May 1, 2011
    I was told by a bird refuge to feed cat food mixed with boiled egg....raised many an orphaned bird this way. Two robins used to chirp crazily when they heard the microwave 'ding'! Make sure the food is room temp...

    I used kitten food....
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  6. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    Hello! Just thought I would add something that I found on this website... (

    "If You Find a Juvenile Bird:

    Compassionate birders may want to assist young birds, particularly if the bird seems unable to fly or acts in distress. If you find a juvenile bird…

    * Leave it alone. Young birds often leave the nest a few days before they can successfully fly, but the parent birds are usually nearby and watchful, even if you can’t spot them. Watch the bird for several hours to see if the parents tend to it or if it is able to care for itself.

    * Keep children and pets away from the young bird. Too much nearby activity or unfamiliar visitors can cause juvenile birds considerable distress, elevating their heart rate and creating disorientation. Too many observers may also distress the parent birds, preventing them from checking up on their offspring.

    * If the bird is obviously too young to have left the nest – it has no flight feathers or is unable to move – replace it in the nest carefully, if possible. Birds will not abandon a baby that has been handled by humans (most birds have a very poor sense of smell), and returning it to the nest will ensure the parents know where it is. If you are unable to return it to the nest, place it in a nearby sheltered, safe area.

    * If the bird is injured or if parents do not return to tend to it, contact a local certified wildlife rehabilitator, Audubon chapter or other wildlife or birding group. State and federal laws prohibit unlicensed individuals from keeping or caring for wild birds, even if they intend to release them into the wild."

    As for the breed of the baby bird, I'm not sure. Good luck though!
  7. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    I think that is a mourning dove. There have been two other threads about people finding them recently. I believe there was some good info there.
  8. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    Looks to me like it could be a baby thrasher...the shape of the head/beak/feathers look pretty similar:
    Curved Billed Thrasher:)

    (Curved Billed Thrasher:)

    Definitely not a mourning dove though, which looks like this:
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