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abandoned baby bird! help!

There is an abandoned baby sparrow at the barn. It has been in a corner since the morning and it's crop is empty. It had feathers coming in that at are half opened. I would like to feed it but I am not sure what. Help!! hatchlings have also been dropping out of the nests all the time. why is this happening?

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Try feeding him baby bird formula. I'm not sure how old he is but if he isn't too old your going to need to feed him 3 times a day. You can release him back when he is weaned.

Parent birds will do this when they want the baby to fledge so there will be more room in the nest to have another clutch.
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i don't have any formula many people online say to use cat/dog food soaked in water along with some other things and it seems to work… he is getting feathers, half of the feather is opened, the other half is still in the sheath. so he's a little younger than a fledgling. but his belly and but have no feathers. and since his crop is empty and he was hiding in the corner of the hay loft between two studs i don't think the parents are feeding him. i am going back their later today to hay and i am brining 2 syringes. after reading a lot, it says that i have to feed him every 45 minutes for 12 hours a day.

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A picture would really be helpful. Bird shops have baby bird formula. It would be helpful if you can get some. I never heard of cat/dog food being used as baby bird formula but I do know that formula made specially for birds is better.

Here is a hand feeding chart that will tell you how many times a day they require food. http://www.cockatiel.org/articles/handfeeding.html
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Does the baby look similar to this baby cockatiel?
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kind of, this one has the ends of his feathers out of the pin part of the feather and his belly and but are bald. i am not sure if the maturing dates are faster for sparrows because they are smaller (?)

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In the meanwhile, bring the baby inside and keep him warm. Give him some fluids, coconut water is excellent for energy and to rehydrate chicks. Your local grocery store might have it. If you can't get coconut water than use regular water. Also, if you research online, there are ways you can make your own bird formula if you can't buy them specially for birds. Cat/dog food is very high in protein and I don't think it will be too healthy for the chick.
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kind of, this one has the ends of his feathers out of the pin part of the feather and his belly and but are bald. i am not sure if the maturing dates are faster for sparrows because they are smaller (?)


Hmm, I'm not sure. It doesn't really matter right now anyways. When you get the food, start off by feeding him 3 times a day. Once his energy level rises, he will let you know when he wants to eat by crying for food. Since you probably never hand fed a bay bird before you should probably take a look at the hand feeding chart I posted. They have instructions on how to hand feeding baby chicks.
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there was another video on youtube i watched with a guy who mixed bread crumbs, flour, and another kind of flour that i can't remember. it doesn't sound very nutritional though...

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No, that isn't a healthy formula to feed. Baby birds need the proper nutrients to grow out their pin feathers and to grow in size. Do you have a gram scale? It would be helpful if you keep a diary of his weight to make sure he is holding up.
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Sparrows are nothing like parrots to handrear. Please please do not feed the chick water - you should not be giving chicks water all the water they require is in their food! You will need to feed every 30 minutes to an hour throughout the day depending on the chicks age.

They require a high protein diet and yes people in a pinch will use cat food for it. Your far better putting the chick somewhere safe and warm and monitoring from a distance to see if the parents are around and still feeding.
Failing that the best chance for the chick is with a wildlife rehabber.

When I had to handrear ours I used handrearing forumla, a bit of electroyte mixed added to it and also hard boiled egg added in. As the chicks get older fresh livefood is offered depending on the size and age of the chick.

Have a read of this, only skimmed it myself but it should be helpful if you've no experience in rearing sparrows:
http://rehabbersden.org/The%20House%...ilitation.html
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do you know how long the kaytee formula power is good for? there are many dropped baby birds daily in the barn

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do you know how long the kaytee formula power is good for? there are many dropped baby birds daily in the barn
It should have a use by date on it, I personally don't use Kaytee as I had a lot of problems with chicks on it.

If a lot of birds are being found are the nests being disturbed in anyway? Is building work etc going on?

Try hanging nests or boxes around the place to pop the chicks back in if they do fall out. You do tend to find some chicks will get pushed out by accident if the nest is a bit small and some just like to go explore too early.
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Baby food in jars will be helpful until you find something more acceptable. And, quick to obtain.
http://voices.yahoo.com/is-baby-food...046.html?cat=5

When I used to rescue tiny babies, I would buy the cheapest dog food in a can that I could find (low on meat and lots of meal) and put a tiny piece which I'd pressed together into a ball onto the tip of a match and hold it over the babies mouth with my thumb and forefinger while flapping the other fingers. It would immediately get their attention. They would gulp down the tiny bits of this food, which I would gradually enlarge as they got older. Unfortnately, my reputation quickly got around the neighborhood wherever I lived, and I would get baby birds brought to me to "save."

If they are too young to recognize that you aren't a danger, I'd get an eye dropper and put water at the corners of their mouths (where it is yelllow)which would seep through and they'd have to swallow. This was merely to get their attention. Once they realized that my tapping on their beaks meant food, there was no problem after that. Then, I'd use the wet dog food/match method.

I raised many a baby bird this way and would release them.

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Let me add this: If this method of feeding takes place (at the end of a match stick), be sure, sure, sure that the ball of whatever you put on on the end is a small one. Or, the babes can aspirate on it. Start tiny, and feed in tiny/small pieces.
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the other day i went back to the barn to help with haying, and there were 6 babies total that we found. i figured that they were all leaving the nest. eventually they all were behind the bush box. yesterday when i went in the morning, they were still behind the brush box and very weak. i turned a horse out and came back and only one was there. i found one in the isle panting/gasping, which died a few minutes later. i found another one and put the 2 surviving ones in a bowl with paper towels back in the hay loft where it is warmer. then i put them on top of the stack of shavings because they were going to be bringing more hay in. i found 2 more in the end that escaped and put then with the 2 on the shavings. they flew away and hid. i still don't know who is getting fed. one of the birds in the container had its mouth open when i checked on it, but the other was just sitting there… i will check on them again today

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the other day i went back to the barn to help with haying, and there were 6 babies total that we found. i figured that they were all leaving the nest. eventually they all were behind the bush box. yesterday when i went in the morning, they were still behind the brush box and very weak. i turned a horse out and came back and only one was there. i found one in the isle panting/gasping, which died a few minutes later. i found another one and put the 2 surviving ones in a bowl with paper towels back in the hay loft where it is warmer. then i put them on top of the stack of shavings because they were going to be bringing more hay in. i found 2 more in the end that escaped and put then with the 2 on the shavings. they flew away and hid. i still don't know who is getting fed. one of the birds in the container has its mouth open when i checked on it, but the other was just sitting there… i will check on them again today
I would feed them just to be sure. Double feeds won't hurt. If it's mouth is open, it's wanting to be fed. Feed it!

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All of the babies fluttered off and hid or died. I keep finding dead ones that fell inbetweeen the shaving bags. At this point, there has been no others falling from the nest

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I always grieve when these little wild babies have no chance.
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i am glad that no more babies are falling out of the nest. it was awful walking around and finding fledglings, but it was worst finding dead hatchlings (some smooshed or dried up)

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