Wild Bird Rehabilitation
9624 Midland Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63114
If you find a fully feathered baby bird on the ground – that is a fledgling on their first flight. They just need to be picked up off the ground and put in a bush or on a tree branch. Do not worry about the “scent of people” on the baby – it is an old wives’ tale. The parents will not reject the baby from a human handling the bird. Be sure to leave the area and don’t look out a window to watch – the parents will see you and will be afraid, causing them to stay away from the baby. Fledglings are terrible flyers and landings are also bad. After a couple of days of practise, the fledglings will be able to get off the ground. The parents follow them during this ground period and feed them. After the ground period, the fledglings then fly and follow the parents for at least a month to receive food.
The parents will hear – 2 block radius – their fledgling baby’s calls for food. If the area you first found the baby has too much traffic – cars, cats, people – put the baby in a more secluded place on a tree branch or in a bush, in that 2 block radius.
If you find a whole nest with featherless baby birds, place the nest in an Easter basket and hang it in the area you found the nest or out of the elements but still accessible to the parents so they can feed and keep the babies warm. Try to place the basket in a low traffic area.
If you find one or two featherless wild baby birds, look for the nest and try to put them back in it.
Remember: It is illegal to keep wild birds, and they can carry diseases that could kill or sicken your pet birds.
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