What To Feed a Baby Black Bird/How To Look After a Baby Bird.

What to do if you find a baby bird/how and what to feed a baby bird.

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I found a baby black bird that had fallen out of it’s nest too early and were getting attacked by a currawong (a large Australians bird that is similar to a crow).
Not long after I filmed this I found a second one, they have both grown up strong and were released.

I have now hand reared 5 black birds that have all been released.
Here is information on how to feed birds, and what to feed different birds.

Fell free to ask me any thing about looking after and releasing black birds and other birds.

With any bird you find, they should put it in a box (with ventilation) and left in a low lit, quiet room for about an hour before trying to give them food (if you do not do this the bird will become stressed and could die).

If you can not get it to eat take it to a vet or wild life shelter as soon as possible.

Now there are many things you can feed a bird, but different ones need different food. Here is some of the foods you can give to different birds. It could take a while so be patient and do not try for too long at a time; you could stress it too much and make it sick or it could die of fright.

Do not place any liquids in their mouth because they cannot close of their airways and will drown.
You can give the water through a moist diet and by placing a shallow dish of water in fledgling cages.

A good website for finch information:

Black birds, and insectivores: if you have a baby/fledgling black bird or an insectivore you can get insectivore raising mix from a vet or a bird supplies shop. If you can not get any you can give them some minced beef or chicken but get the raising mix ASAP. For really little ones you can mix the raising mix or meat with some water to make a thick paste, give it some food every 20-30 minutes. For fledglings, roll it in to small balls and use tweezers to place a ball in its mouth; 4-5 little balls of meat every hour to hour and a ½. (same for adults).

Wattle birds and nectar and insectivores: birds like the red wattle bird eat both nectar and insects, You can give them a mixes of insectivores and honey eater raising mixes. You can feed them with a dropper; you can get them from a vet or bird supplies shop. If you can not get them you can give them some sugar and water, or a mix of sugar water and a little bit of apple sores (same for adults). It is best to take this sort of bird to a shelter or vet because they are very hard to look after for a long time.

Humming bird and nectar eaters: birds like this only eat nectar. You can give them honey eater raising mixes and feed them with a dropper. If you can not get any you can give them some sugar and water. Often people find these birds because they have collapsed when it has been hot; often all they need is some water and sugar and then they will fly away, but if it is hurt or a baby you should take it to a vet or wild life shelter because they are very hard to look after and often die.

If you you think you can not look after it or if it does not look any better please take it to a vet or wild life shelter so it can get the care it needs.

If you have successfully looked after the bird, but don’t know how to release it, then watch this video:


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