Myth # 2.
Any displaced baby wild bird should be returned to their nest. –FALSE
A nestling (pink or beginning feathers) should be placed back in the nest,
and observed until the parents return. A fledgling (2-3 week old, fluffy with 1/2″ tail feathers) commonly exit and return to the nest as they learn to fly. If fledgling activity is observed in your backyard, keep pets and kids a safe distance away and leave the birds alone.
Myth # 3.
It’s OK to try to raise a displaced baby wild bird yourself. – FALSE
In the U.S., only people who are licensed rehabilitators, or veterinarians
who occasionally treat wildlife on an emergency basis, may legally care for
wildlife. Otherwise, it is against state and federal laws for people to raise
However, many people outside the U.S. and those in rural areas, and not near a wildlife rehabilitator find it difficult to not care for a displaced baby bird. In these circumstances, research and learn about the species of bird to be cared for, noting its nutritional needs, and keep your contact with the bird to a necessary minimum.
Myth # 4
Wild birds will not return to a fallen nest if it is put back into place – FALSE
Wild birds will absolutely return to a fallen nest, especially if called by
their hungry babies. If a bird’s nest is knocked to the ground, return it near it’s original location. If the nest is damaged, the remaining material can be put inside a container with drainage holes (e.g. strawberry container) and wired into place near the original location. Set the babies back into the nest and watch from a distance to make sure the parents find the nest. The parents should return before nightfall.
Myth # 5
Mother birds push their defective young out of the nests – FALSE
If an egg doesn’t hatch, birds will sometimes roll it out of the nest, But
wild birds do not push their young out of nests. Typically, baby wild birds
will be knocked out of their nest by a fellow nest-mate, by the wind or more likely dragged out by a predator. It’s also not true that a wild bird parent will carry their young back to the nest.
I run into this problem all the time. You think and think, then you get them some kind of trinket that they put in a draw or a closet. Never to be seen again. Why not get them a beautiful, handmade birdseed gift from The Bird Barn! They would be able to enjoy not only the gift, but all of the beautiful birds that our birdseed treats attact.
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