Feeding Baby Bird That Has Fallen From Its Nest

on Feb 24, 2023
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Feeding a baby bird can be a delicate process, and the specifics will depend on the species of the bird. However, as a general rule, here are some guidelines for feeding a baby bird to help it survive:

  1. Determine what type of food the bird needs: Some baby birds are fed mostly insects, while others may eat seeds or fruit. You can research the specific dietary needs of the bird species or consult a wildlife rehabilitator for guidance.

  2. Provide food at appropriate temperatures: The food should be warmed to near body temperature before feeding to the baby bird. Test the temperature by placing a drop of food on your wrist, it should feel just warm to the touch.

  3. Feed the bird using a syringe or eyedropper: Use a syringe or eyedropper to carefully feed the bird small amounts of food at a time, being careful not to overfeed or aspirate the bird.

  4. Be careful not to choke the bird: When feeding, tilt the bird's head back slightly, insert the syringe or dropper gently into the bird's beak, and slowly dispense the food. Be sure not to force the food down the bird's throat.

  5. Clean the bird after feeding: Use a damp, warm cloth or cotton ball to clean the bird's beak and face after feeding.

It's important to note that feeding a baby bird can be difficult, and it's always best to consult with a wildlife rehabilitator or bird expert for guidance on what to feed and how to feed the bird. Also, remember that it's illegal to keep most wild birds as pets, so the ultimate goal should be to release the bird back into the wild as soon as possible.