Summers are on the edge and it is noticeable that most birds perform nesting in spring and summer. If you consider petting a baby bird that has been lost, orphaned, or you bought a baby bird for ownership then you need to know some basic essential tips. Birds are not the same as other pet animals, they need to be handled carefully, and need more attention than others since they have completely different behavior and habits. Here are 5 essential tips for newborn baby bird care.
Few times people spot baby birds on the streets, under trees, or on the terrace; since they are newborn birds and have not learned flying they must have somehow fallen from the nest or got separated from their parents. It can also be possible that they fell down while learning to fly, another way baby birds have been seen lost after wind and storms. The prior thing to do is observing around, there must be the parent birds circling not so far away, you can also find the nest or the tree they live in. If you can reach the nest, then transfer the baby carefully, if you cannot, then try to place the baby bird far from the crowd and on a high place from where the parent birds can see it.
Newborn baby birds are extremely delicate and sensitive, a wrong handling can hurt them very badly, so handle properly with both hands. Don’t try to lift them by the feet or neck, gently put your palm under their feet and cover the back with another palm while the face remains outside, don’t press hands together; for extra care, wear gloves.
Keep in a secure place
If you find a baby bird after any disaster, or from a damaged nest, a predator, or other dangerous condition then try to take them to a safe place; you can take them home if you think they are threatened. Place the bird on a soft towel, tissue paper, or cloth, you can put them in a box but never place them outside at night since most birds don’t fly at night because of their poor vision. Try to consult with a vet for caring, you can keep them with you until conditions improve or a wildlife expert takes them away for proper care and habitat.
Don’t feed anything
Yes, it may sound weird but the truth is you should not feed the baby bird anything like grains, birdseed, or even water. The newborn baby bird has a completely different appetite, they rely on their mother for food which is mostly insects and worms that parent birds catch and put in their mouth 3-4 times a day. Feeding them other things can be dangerous since they are not used to it, they can choke on improper food or become malnourished. The best thing to do is to see a vet or consult with a wildlife rehabilitator to feed the baby bird a proper diet.
Birds belong to nature, they belong to the sky, so you should return the bird to its home; always consider professional help if you are not good at caring, show compassion, and abstain from harm.