UPDATED Look What the last storm blew in

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Wooden_Pony, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    We always have little birds in our backyard due to the trees and low bushes and shrubs that grow here. I am sure the feeders and chicken feed also help draw them in [​IMG]

    The last two days we have been soaked by two storms. I went out Saturday morning to collect eggs and a little bird flew out of the plants behind the coop. It could not fly far and could not fly over 6 inches off the ground. I tried to collect it up since a new neighbor moved in with a bunch of cats that run loose and I have been finding their cat's in my yard :mad: I couldn't catch it. It was pouring down rain and the wind was blowing well enough for it to get up into a low branch of one of the bushes. I was happy with that at least it was off of the ground.

    That afternoon I went to pick up feed and came home to my kid's with this little cutie in a shoe box. Our dog was tring to dig it out from behind the feed barrel by the chicken coop. It was soaking wet, shivering, and STARVING!

    I now know why it can not fly that well either.... She will be going this afternoon the the local Wildlife Center's vet to see if they can do anything to help her out.

    I believe it is a female House Sparrow... but I can not find my bird book.

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    Here is her leg the poor thing it is nasty looking !!



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    Last edited: Feb 26, 2008
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Aww... poor thing. Thank you for taking care of it! [​IMG] She's a cutie and I hope she gets better!
     
  3. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    That's so sad! Good for you for taking care of her. You get the Good Human Award today! [​IMG]
     
  4. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Oh the poor thing I hope they can help it.
     
  5. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    i'm sure she is starving, there's usually nothing to eat in the winter.

    give her water right now, and get a small bag of wild bird feed and offer small amounts to her. don't let her get used to being fed by a recognizable human hand or body part.
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Ouch, that looks like a terrible infection! Like maybe a house sparrow version of bumble foot. Good luck! And remember to try to keep a divide between it and your chickens as wild birds can carry pests and stuff that are transmittable to chickens.
     
  7. Kaneke

    Kaneke Chillin' With My Peeps

    though I have to say it -- the house sparrow, AKA English sparrow, is an import which has become a real pest in the USA --- has displaced a lot of native songbirds ... ruined a lot of crops --

    I hate to see any bird suffer -- but certainly wish there were some way to sterilize at least some of these sparrows, to let the native birds live ...

    Candy
     
  8. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Ugh, that looks really painful. I'm really happy you helped her, but unfortunately they will probably just put her down at the wild life center. Most rescued "pest birds" are not spared because wildlife centers feel they are not worth the effort that could be put towards other native animals.

    Sometimes putting them down is the best option though, especially because this bird will not be able to be released back into the wild.
     
  9. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Poor thing!! [​IMG] I hope the Wildlife Center can help her out.
     
  10. ilovemychickies

    ilovemychickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    The poor thing! That leg looks like it'd hurt a bunch! Good for you for talking care of it. Please keep us updated!
     

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