What if we find a chick?
What if we find a chick?

What if we find a chick?

It is not uncommon to find a chick sitting  on the ground below the trees in parks or alleys in the spring. Sometimes, they have fallen out from the nest, but in most cases it is a young bird that has left the nest by itself or with a help from its parents , but is  still not strong enough for longer flight. Such birds are generally not in danger, as their parents are nearby, collecting food or watching over them from the distance. The best thing we can do is to lift the chick on higher branch near the place where we found it, or to put it back in the nest (if we can see it), move away and let the parents continue caring for their baby. If the bird is healthy and there are no visible injuries, the worst thing we can do is take it home with us, because we will surely not be able to take care of it properly and provide the proper food as its parents can. As a result, the chick will probably die. Also, it will not learn the survival skills, and will have difficulties adapting to the life in nature once it is released.

If you have taken the chick with you anyway, you have to know that you will have to devote a lot of time to it, because it has to be fed often – every 30 or 60 minutes, and with food that its parents would feed it.

Tits, swallows and swifts should be fed various flies, mosquitoes and worms, crows and magpies will eat finely chopped beef or chicken meat or food granules for dogs and cats soaked in warm water, and sparrows and finches eat small cereals (millet, wheat, foxtail millet), and sunflower. Pigeon chicks need to be fed with a mixture made of ground grains and cereal seeds. The birds of prey should be fed with raw meat, and for owls it needs to be mixed with smaller bones and hair. The chicks should be fed using a longer pincette, trying to get the food in their throat as deep as possible, but very carefully, so that bird doesn’t get hurt. They also need to drink lukewarm water, which should be given to them drop by drop, using the syringe.

In case that the chick we found is injured, it should be placed  in a cardboard box in a quiet place and taken to the nearest veterinary station as soon as possible. The same applies if we  find an adult bird. If there are no visible injuries on the bird, but it is sitting still on the ground, it should be placed in a cardboard box in a quiet place to recover from stress and fly away. Never put wild birds in the cage, and try to touch them as little as possible. They are not pets, and in addition, most species are protected by law and it is illegal to keep them in captivity.

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