Wild baby bird under a broody hen?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NicInNC, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    517
    2
    153
    Jun 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    First off, let me say that i do NOT plan on raising a baby bird! We just got back from camping and my neighbor came running over with a baby bird. He said he found it in his driveway the other day and he's had it in his house for a few days trying to keep it alive. He said he sees no nest and his cat will get the bird if he puts it back on his driveway (where it was found). I can take it to a wildlife rescue on my way to work in the morning....which I plan on doing. I have a hen that is broody about 350 days out of the year so I thought....hmmm...I wonder what would happen if I put the baby under her. so I did and she took it right under her.

    Now I'm freaking out and am wondering if my chicken can get a disease from the baby bird. should I go take it from her? What do I do with it? Just put it in a box with some tissue? HELP!
     
  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    not sure about transmitting anything, but wild birds feed their young whereas hens just show the chicks where to get it....I would think it would starve [​IMG]
     
  3. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    4,445
    16
    213
    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    I would take the baby away from the hen. The broody is not able to feed it. Wild birds can carry disease and at the least give your hen mites or lice.
     
  4. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    517
    2
    153
    Jun 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    CRAP. That's what I figured. I don't have a dropper or anything to feed it with. UGH. I hate this cause I wish he had just left it where it was. I'm surprised it's still alive since he's had it for a few days. If there are no worries about it transmitting some kind of disease, I would feel better just leaving it under the hen since she accepted it....at least that way the baby bird will have warmth. I need to figure out a way to get some food in its crop to hopefully help it survive through the night. [​IMG]
     
  5. benjoycei

    benjoycei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2011
    Wilmington
    Quote:unfortunately true....go for the wildlife rehab
     
  6. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    517
    2
    153
    Jun 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    Quote:Ok. I'll just put it in a box. Should I put a heat lamp over it?
     
  7. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    517
    2
    153
    Jun 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    Quote:unfortunately true....go for the wildlife rehab

    I can't get it there till 8:30 tomorrow morning. I'm just hoping it survives through the night.
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    17,732
    2,359
    466
    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Show us the bird. Depending on species, different methods available to get it back with family.
     
  9. luvinrunnin

    luvinrunnin Chillin' With My Peeps

    622
    3
    119
    May 12, 2011
    Quote:Ok. I'll just put it in a box. Should I put a heat lamp over it?

    Is it feathered? If it's fully feathered, it may not need the heat and perhaps was trying to fledge?
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  10. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    4,445
    16
    213
    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    Is there an animal hospital close to you that could take it tonight?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by