How Do You Take Care Of Abandoned Baby Birds?

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If you are a gardener or spend a lot of time outdoors, chances are that you will find an abandoned baby bird on the ground. It can be difficult to determine if the baby bird has been abandoned because sometimes the parents are away gathering food and will return. If you observe that the baby bird is, in fact, abandoned, there are simple ways that you can care for the bird and save its life. Check the baby bird for injuries. If the bird is bleeding or looks exhausted and its eyes are closed, call a wildlife rehabilitator to ask for guidance. An injured bird will need help immediately if it is going to survive. Before you call, pick the baby bird up very gently, put it in a small box lined with tissue paper and put it in a warm, safe place. Determine if the baby bird is a nestling or a fledgling. A nestling will have no feathers other than tiny down or pin feathers. A fledgling is a baby bird that is old enough to learn to fly. It may still be fluffy with down, or it may have most of ... more
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