Rescue Remedy for Birds

Rescue Remedy for Birds
Bird watching is a great way to relax in nature and better understand the world around you. However, sometimes bird watchers locate sick or injured birds that need shelter and protection until more experienced medical or professional help can be acquired. During this time, a bird needs sustenance until a more experienced individual can take it. Knowing how to properly make a remedy that birds can ingest significantly increases the odds of a full recovery.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Baby Birds

Things You’ll Need:
  • Canned or kibble dog food Bowl Water Toothpick or eyedropper Wild birdseed Dry cracked corn Earthworms Blueberries
  • Canned or kibble dog food
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Toothpick or eyedropper
  • Wild birdseed
  • Dry cracked corn
  • Earthworms
  • Blueberries
Step 1
Pour 1/4 cup of canned or kibble dog food into a bowl. Ideally, beef or chicken canned dog food should be used, but any meat-based dog food is sufficient.
Step 2
Add two tablespoons of hot water. This will vary depending on the brand and type of dog food, but the dog food should be slightly runny, or about the consistency of pureed food or a milkshake.
Step 3
Add a teaspoon of sugar for the first day you have the bird, but then remove sugar from the recipe to avoid lasting health problems the bird may experience from extra sugar it is ingesting.
Step 4
Offer the solution using the end of a toothpick or an eyedropper. Feed the bird until it is full, and then check back in 15 to 30 minutes to feed again---it will open its mouth to be fed again if hungry.

Adult Birds

Step 1
Add 1/4 cup bird seed to a bowl. Ensure that you have obtained a wild mix birdseed specially formulated for feeding backyard birds
Step 2
Mix in one tablespoon cracked corn and stir the mixture thoroughly.
Step 3
Chop up three to four earthworms and stir them into the mixture. If you prefer, you may choose to leave the earthworms whole, but ensure that you add only worms less than two inches long to the mixture in this case.
Step 4
Place three to four blueberries on top of the mixture. Do not stir these in so that the bird can choose between the seed, worms and blueberries.
Step 5
Offer the mixture in a small bowl, and offer another bowl with some water in it. The variety in the mixture will ensure that the bird will be able to eat something, and the water will keep it hydrated.

Tips & Warnings

 
Blunt tweezers may also be used to offer baby birds food. Always offer a baby bird water using an eyedropper after every two bites of food. One drop is usually sufficient.
 
Blunt tweezers may also be used to offer baby birds food.
 
Always offer a baby bird water using an eyedropper after every two bites of food. One drop is usually sufficient.
 
It is illegal to harbor or keep birds in most states without a permit. Always call a wildlife rehabilitation center right away when you find an injured or sick bird, or if you find an abandoned baby bird.
 
It is illegal to harbor or keep birds in most states without a permit.
 
Always call a wildlife rehabilitation center right away when you find an injured or sick bird, or if you find an abandoned baby bird.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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