|Pomona Valley Audubon - Southern
Caring for Baby Birds
So You Found a Baby Bird on the Ground...
What Do You Do?
Here are some tips that have been complied from fact sheets by Project Wildlife in San Diego
and the late Hank Childs of PVAS.
If the Bird Appears Uninjured and Has Some Feathers
If the Bird is Uninjured but Not Fully Feathered
If The Bird Runs Around, and Appears to be "Chick-like",
(Covered With Short Fuzzy Down)
The Bird Needs Help and Should be Picked up ONLY If:
If the bird is uninjured or has no
feathers, it is most important to get it warm.
Hummingbirds, Pigeons, Doves, Hawks, Owls, Killdeer and Quail need special formulas or feeding techniques. Try to get these birds to a rehabilitation facility as soon as possible. Note: Hummingbirds babies fed sugar water or "hummingbird nectar" AND Hawks/Owls fed hamburger, or other meats, for more than 24 hours, may develop crippling deformities.
Note: Fractures need to be set within 48 hours or they heal incorrectly or get infected.
What kind of bird is it? The rehab person will ask you. HERE are a few baby pictures to help.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility Numbers are located at the bottom of this page with more on Links page.
How to Feed Your Bird Until You Can Get it to a Rehabilitation Facility or Veterinarian:
Temporary (24 - 48 Hours) Diet for Baby Songbirds
|What to Feed:||
|To Prepare Food:||
The food's consistency should be like thick applesauce.
|How to Feed:||
|If It Won't Gape:||Tap the side of the beak, and shake it's "nest" gently.|
Make sure to keep the bird:
One Final Note
Raising an orphaned songbird takes from four to eight weeks and a lot of daytime commitment.
They need feeding about every 20-45 minutes from first light to bed time for four to six weeks. No trips to the beach wile you're a bird mother! When they become self feeding (which may not be until six weeks old), they need to be exposed to their natural foods (grains, etc. for seed eaters, mealworms, fruit and berries for the insect and fruit eaters, mice and insects for meat eaters). After being completely self feeding for one week, they need two weeks in an outdoor aviary to fly and compete with others.
Local Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities
|Wild Wings of
1837 Fernridge Drive
San Dimas, CA 91773
Pomona Valley Audubon Society