You Found A Baby Bird, What Should You Do Now?

In cases where the chick is healthy, (it doesn’t look hit, it doesn’t have blood on it) the best thing you can do is to put it in a safe place, on the branch of a tree in the immediate vicinity of the place where it -you found it or in a bush, to protect it from possible attacks by dogs or cats. After you retire, wait a while, usually the chick will ask for food and the parents will bring it.

Just think that a naked, featherless chicken should be fed every 15 or 20 minutes, from sunrise to 10 pm! And that would require a fairly serious commitment from the “adoptive parent” and thorough knowledge of caring for the chicks, otherwise his chances of survival are minimal.

Among the most common are forest tufts, which leave the nest early and live in bushes or trees, asking for food for adults at night .

They are erroneously considered to be abandoned and taken over by nature. In these cases (if the bird is not injured) we must not take it out of the area! If it is on the ground, put it in a tree or a large bush, away from dogs and cats. If it is taken over without good reason, there is a good chance that it will not survive.

Often they are found in parks offspring of common species such as blackbirds, thrushes etc .

Also, if they are not injured, place them on a nearby tree. These birds come out of the nest before they can fly well and take a few days to get used to flying. As long as they are unable to fly, they are fed by their parents.

Other delicate situations are when chicks of larger species (which frequently nest on buildings,

such as windmills or seagulls) are found in difficulty (fallen between buildings) or in the courtyards of blocks of flats or buildings. Also, the best thing to do is to return them to the buildings where they come from (and possibly take shelter in the shade) – parents will definitely come to feed them. Flounder chicks are often found under the nests they come from, and in this case, if they already have developed feathers, it is enough to place them on the tree where the nest is, at a higher height, if possible. Be very careful when taking a kidnapping chicken, such as windmills, because they can seriously injure your claws! It is best to cover them with a cloth before lifting them and try to handle them as little as possible.

If the parents do not find the new nest even two hours after placing it in the tree or if you are sure that the mother of the chicks has died. Then you should seek the advice of specialists, but do not take the chicks from the nest until you consult with them.

If the bird is injured or sick. You may notice this on a brief inspection after the following symptoms: the bird cannot flutter its wings, has bleeding, its wings are left unevenly, it is weak or trembling violently. You can also ask for specialized help if the bird has been attacked by a cat or a dog. The longer you delay, the less chance the bird has of saving.

Do not give liquids to the bird! Usually, birds get a lot of fluids from the food they eat, so they don’t have to swallow liquids very often. And if it is dehydrated, it can be dangerous to try to pour water into its beak because it can suffocate very easily.

Do not feed the bird until you know what species it is and what its diet is! There are birds that you will hurt more if you give them bread or other food than the specific one. Seek the advice of a specialist before feeding the bird.

Wash your hands with warm soapy water every time you touch the bird with your palms. Wash all objects that the bird has come in contact with – clothes, towel, etc., to prevent the spread of diseases or parasites on you or on the pets you have.

General Tips On Caring For Exotic Birds

Exotic apartment birds are bred in captivity by humans for their special body posture, lively behavior, varied colors, for their song and last but not least for the attachment they show to those who care for them.

The most popular exotic birds found in our country are: the wavy turkey, the canary, the Australian zebras, the nymphs, the Little and the Great Alexander.

If we want to buy a bird, we must differentiate between a sick and a healthy bird.

Thus, the healthy bird has a shiny plumage, lively eyes, clear eyes, no mucus in the nostrils, sings, chirps, is attentive to the movements of people nearby, feeds and drinks water, feathers around the cloaca are clean, no manure.

A sick bird prefers isolation and standing on the ground, the plumage is flattened, it is kyphosed, it is devoid of tone, it no longer sings, ocular and nasal secretions appear, the feathers around the cloaca are soiled by manure.

The next step is to choose the cage . The size of the cage must take into account the number and body size of the birds. In order to feel comfortable, a bird must have a cage that allows it to spread its wings without hitting the bars and change its position easily.

The cage is not located near windows or other sources of electricity or heat, but still should not be positioned in an isolated place, completely separate from human activity in the house. Also, both the cage and the accessories will be washed and disinfected weekly or whenever the situation requires it, the water changes daily, the food as well.

As for accessories, they should not be numerous nor limit the space for movement, generally a swing, a few fixed bars or branches with a seed stick and a cuttlefish bone are enough to make the bird feel good. In specialty stores there are various models of feeders and drinkers with attractive shapes and colors.

Providing water at discretion and a healthy diet are essential conditions for the proper functioning of the body of birds.

Healthy involves taking mixtures of seeds supplemented with fruits and vegetables. It is considered that by feeding the birds only with seeds there is an imbalance in the intake of minerals and vitamins. The recommended seed mixtures are: white millet, yellow millet, red millet (preferred by turkeys and canaries), peeled oats, wheat, corn, hemp, flax, sunflower seeds (preferred by large parrots).

Fruits and vegetables that can be administered are represented by: apples, pears, bananas, strawberries, melons, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, parsley, lettuce leaves, spinach, dandelion, etc. All this will always be fresh, and before administration it is washed and dried very well. In certain periods such as the one preparing for reproduction, the one for raising the chicks, during the moulting, the birds also need animal feeds, of which the most complete is the boiled chicken egg.

Potentially toxic and prohibited foods and foods in poultry feed are: avocado fruits, apple seeds, pears, onions, mushrooms, houseplants (azalea, geranium, ivy, philodendron, rhododentron), alcohol, tobacco leaves, chocolate, moldy foods, fats, spices.

Any new assortment is introduced gradually, in small quantities over several days. The most common diseases of cage birds are located in the digestive tract (diarrhea with different causes, endoparasitism) and respiratory. External parasitism is common: leg cramps, lice, ticks. Another problem is poor beak growth that requires periodic adjustments as well as claws that can grow more than normal, making it difficult to move.