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Baby Mockingbird

Hey all! I have a little fledgling mocking bird I'm caring for, he's mostly feathered with some downy tufts, perching and hopping about but not able to fly yet. I've done some research, I'm feeding him a mix of wet cat food, hard boiled egg, and mealworms all mushed into a paste/formula he's eating rather well. This is day two and he's eating and begging like a maniac! He's always crying for food, has been for a solid hour now and I feel as though he's eaten quite a lot, enough to sustain him for a good few hours. Anyone have any tips, how much should I feed? This is the first wild bird I've taken in, I hope to place him with a more experienced rehabilitator who can prepare him for release into the wild, but I'm more than happy to feed him until she's back in town but i just don't know how much to feed - do I just feed until he's sated? Thanks for the tips! Pics and video to follow



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feed until he doesnt beg anymore, thats how passerines usually feed, most do not have crops so they can eat their fill and know they are full faster than a bird with a crop will. he will likely have to be fed every 2-3 hours, for a bird his size. if you have any applesauce it is a good food to add to his formula mix. in the wild mockingbirds will eat some fruits. i do believe they are omnivores?
seems everyone is getting babies around... i have been raising a baby sparrow since he was 9 days old, he is now around 17 days old lol its been busy for me



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Thanks Casey. I fed him till he hushed up, this is only day 2 for me with the little one. I had 2 baby grackles that had fallen out of a tree into an ant's nest, but neither made it - one was too injured from the ants, they had actually chewed up his feet to where he was bleeding, I think he just lost too much blood. The lady who brought them to the clinic had given them water, so the other little guy had aspirated and died of aspiration pneumonia, I was going to have him euthanized but unfortunately he did not make it thru the night



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I haven't a clue about them Jenny, but I hope he gets back out there good luck with him

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to give water if absolutely needed all you do is put a drop on the tip of their beak. never syringe water as we all pretty much know lol

but with the formula, they dont need water because they get their moisture from the wet cat food/soaked cat food. water is really only needed in dehydration cases. you can tell if he is dehydrated if his skin is very very red and severe dehydration can give them black intestines.




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when i had the blackbird i had to feed and feed and feed. they eat a lot!
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That's great you're doing this, Jenny.
I can't be of much help, however.



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Thanks again, Casey. His poops were a little dry this AM, so I did pretty much what you said - I dipped my finger in some water to have just one drop and he gobbled on my finger like he does for food and seems to be doing OK with that, I only did about 2-3 drops since he doesn't need too much and that seems to have done the trick. His poop is much more normal now. He's not too keen on the mash I've made, he seems to prefer the chunks of solid cat food as opposed to mushed up stuff and whole worms, but he was not able to digest them so I'll be giving him the mash once a day so I know he's getting the calcium and protein and then giving him the cat food as his primary until he's able to eat the worms on his own and start foraging. I hope to place him with a certified rehabilitator, so she can really prepare him for release into the wild but if not I will keep him until we move to a house in January and then release him so that I know he will be able to come back for feeds if he does not do well on his own at first. Another member on the linnie forum recommended putting his cage outside when he's ready to release but leaving it out at all times with some food and water that way if he doesn't find food right away he knows he can get some with me, and then with time take the cage away and maybe just have a feeder outside so he can supplement his diet until he really gets the hang of being out on his own. I'd release him here at the apartment, but I worry if he's still very reliant on people for food and doesn't do well released on his own that whichever new tenants take over the place won't care or offer food and he'll go hungry



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what you can also do to prepare him for release is make his cage as natural as you can. give him stuff he would find outside. natural branches. use bird safe trees with leaves he can hide in. put a bird feeder in his cage, grass mats on the bottom of his cage where you can sprinkle some mealworms and seed at the bottom for him to forage for. if he is housed inside then cover his cage on 3 sides so he cant see you but can see outside, place him in front of a window. but block part of the window side so he can have shade away from the sun. do not place him in a window that gets direct sunlight.

give him a mirror even if you can so he can see a "bird" at all times. do not handle him unless needed. even for feeding, try to feed him only in his cage.

he will need to fly to get stronger. so let him out of his cage at least once a day for him to learn to fly, in a safe room away from your other birds (of course :P )

i will get a recent photo of buddy's travel cage for you for an idea



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cage set up. its not big, but its the only spare cage we got. i gave him 2 toys, but he gets those by default... the grackle i raised last year had a toy too. they go in my keepsake box after theyre released... i got vultures bell and toby's swing and toy in my keepsake box




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Thanks. He seems to be not as interested in food, he takes about 1-2 bites, then closes his eyes and acts completely disinterested. When I first got him, he would eat 5-6 kibbles in one session, now he's eating 1-2. Any suggestions?



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start leaving some in his cage he may begin picking at it

vulture started eating on his own around the feldging age and would reject the feedings from me.



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Thanks, Casey He's eating really well today, he just wants a few bites at a time more frequently, which is inconvenient but he's happy. He climbed up and was perched on the highest perch in the cage today and ate there, even scratched his head without falling. I'm so proud! I did a complete fecal culture on him today at work, we had down time, and he's parasite free with normal bacterial levels. He's on a papertowel lined cage bottom at work with no signs at all of mites, so overall I'm feeling good about it. I'll still keep him out of the bird room, I think, but I'm not sure where to put him. The bird room is the only room with a window I can keep him in - the living room has the cats and Gareth works nights so he can't spend the day in the bedroom. I'm still debating about it, what do you guys think? He appears to have no respiratory issues, no internal parasites that we could find, no bacterial infection, no mites, and he's been quarantined in the bathroom for... 4 days now.



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Here's a video of me feeding the little one

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Jenny as a wildlife intern (well used to be anyway) heres a few things to help:
if he wants the mash and its like a soft paste with water, use a small paintbrush (like a craft store one, and one that has not been used obviously) and get him to gape (open) and offer the paintbrush with the food on it to his beak, and he should latch onto the end and gobble. Thats how we fed our peeps! Also, if you are worried about water, see if you can find pipettes



Small ones like these, get him to gape, facing you, and with the pipette, down the left side of his throat (FACING YOU) and gently release a little water. their air pipe is on the right side, and if you put the pipette down his throat, he shouldnt aspirate. If you do hear a gurgling like hes aspirating, gently take him in your hand, and gently rock him from side to side upside down. This will bring the liquid back up to a point where he wont choke. With every feeding, he should be getting water.



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