If you find a baby bird on the ground, DON’T PICK IT UP!

Don’t stress if you find a small bird on the ground. We have some tips on what to do if you have found a chick. If you have some of the questions that often come up when you find a baby bird like: Can I recover it?If I touch him, will his mother reject him? You will find the answers at the end of this article.

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First check if the bird is a hatchling, a chick or a young bird

When you encounter a baby bird outside its nest, you need to determine what stage it is in. Is it a chick? A baby? Or just young bird?

puppies

the puppies they are young birds that have just been born. Unlike chicks, they have no body hair, they are very small, and their eyes are also closed. If you come across a hatchling, chances are it has fallen out of its nest. These babies need help because they are too young to survive on their own and may not survive without help.

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Chick

just one Chick he is a bit older than the youngsters, but still not old enough to fend for himself. They usually have a few sprouted feathers and are 3 days to 2 weeks old. If you happen to find one on the ground, it will be defenseless just like the young one, vulnerable to malnutrition since it does not feed, as well as to predators such as cats and to bad weather, because it would not withstand a heavy rain or a lot of sun exposure.

Chick

young birds

Young birds are those that are over two and a half weeks old. They have open eyes and small feathered wings. Young birds are often found trying to fly on the ground, but they are not yet able to do so completely. If you see a young bird on the ground, you do not need to pick it up, because there is no need to save it, it probably has its nest nearby and may be able to return there on its own.

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Now that we know that we only have to help the young and the chicks, we are going to tell you how you should help them.

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How can we help a baby or chick that is on the ground

If you find hatchlings on the ground, they may have fallen from the nest. Try to locate the nest by looking for bent or broken plants and trees nearby, and check for broken eggs or bird sounds around, this may help you find it. If you find feathers on the ground, try to follow them back to their place of origin.

  1. Wear gloves. Gloves can be purchased for just €2. For those without gloves, you can use a plastic bag over your hand or all you have to do is wash your hands thoroughly,
  2. Pick up the baby bird and put it back in the nest as soon as possible.

If the nest is damaged or difficult to access either because it is in an inaccessible place or too high, try replacing it with a woven basket. Since woven baskets such as wicker baskets are made from materials that allow free breathing and filter water, they will be a perfect substitute.

Leave the little bird in the basket and make sure its mother or father is back and knows it is in this new location. This is important, because even if it is separated from its nest, they will still bring it food. You can leave and come back later to check it out.

baby bird on the ground

If the mother or father has not returned, you should get more involved and help the little one survive.

Put on gloves, wash your hands, or put on a plastic bag that will serve as a substitute for gloves. Take the little bird and put it in a shoebox with kitchen or toilet paper. This will help with the temperature and eliminate humidity in the area.

Place the box with the bird in a dark, quiet place for him. It prevents children from disturbing it, let alone touching it. We know seeing a bird can be exciting for the little ones in the house.

Try searching the internet or calling the same municipality in your town for the phone number of a local wildlife service. If you live in a small town, the government may not have an animal relief service, but you will surely find independent local animal relief organizations that can take care of the bird.

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  • 🦜 WEATHER RESISTANT AND DURABLE – The birdhouse for the dole is completely screwed together with brass screws and made from one of the most durable woods in the world, i.e. it is absolutely damp and extremely durable. The large solid wood birdhouse is designed for all seasons. Dimensions: 14.5cm x 33cm x 18.5cm (WxHxD)
  • 🦜 SUITABLE ACCORDING TO NABU: Nipple box with 32 mm entrance hole – ideal incubator for common tits, large tit species and other birds such as nuthatch or house sparrow. Developed and recommended by biologists and conservationists.
  • 🦜 WITH NEST PROTECTION: The 17 cm distance between the 32 mm entrance hole and the floor of the nest box not only protects the titmouse against nest predators such as cats and martens, but also against the weather.
  • 🦜 SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY: The bird nests are made from 100% untreated FSC wood with screwed wooden elements. A species-appropriate nature protection product.
  • 🦜 INCLUDING ANIMATION GUIDE AND CALENDAR: Instructions are provided for each nesting cavity with valuable tips and information about our birds in the garden. OUR 30 DAY MONEY BACK PROMISE – REFUND OF THE RETURN PRICE NO IF AND BUT

Why can’t you touch a baby bird?

Many people think that a mother bird will abandon her young if she smells human scent on it, but nothing could be more wrong than that. The mother will not be able to smell and she will not know that her calf has been touched by someone else. Birds are like humans in this respect, they recognize their young by their sounds and appearance.

So why wear gloves?

This is done primarily to protect against viruses and diseases that can be transmitted very easily from humans to birds and vice versa.

Reason why you should not keep a baby bird found on the ground

We know that your instincts for protecting the animal could probably lead you to consider keeping the bird, but there are several reasons why you shouldn’t keep it.

  • The bird has a much better chance of surviving with wildlife rehabilitators. Even with them, the bird has a good chance of dying. Imagine what the possibilities are with you. The young need their mother to survive without her it is very difficult.
  • If after the above you decide to keep it, you should know that it will take a lot of time, effort and patience. A baby bird at least 5 times a day. In addition to making a lot of noise at all times.
  • Another reason that would be the most important is that it can be ILLEGAL. It depends on the country, but in many it is illegal to keep wild birds.

Whenever you see birds around or nests, you can make them a feeder so they always have access to food or even prepare a nest for them so they can live near where you have them found.

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  • Built to last – the wood is pressure treated so the bird’s nest can be used for many years.
  • Made from sustainable materials, constructed with 100% FSC wood, allowing it to be more environmentally friendly.
  • 30mm bird entrance, suitable for common wild and garden birds such as: blue tits, great tits, swamp and great tits, tree sparrows and flycatchers.
  • Hanging hole on the back of the birdhouse. Allows you to hang the nest in any suitable place, wherever you are
  • Product dimensions: (base) (H x W x D): 22 cm x 11.5 cm x 11.5 cm – (roof) (H x W x D): 22 cm x 11.5 cm x 15.5 cm

For this reason, you must consider 2 times before if you decide to keep the baby bird.

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