Nixs asked in PetsBirds · 1 decade ago

HiWe have found a baby bird in our kitchen - think the cat brought it in. What can we feed it? drink?

The car brought a baby bird into our house. It seems unharmed and hungry. We have no idea where it came from so can't return it to the nest.

It is sunday evening so nobody is open to hand it to someone who knows what to do ... we have been catching flies to feed it and it seems to like them - a lot!

We have also given it a few drops of water via a syringe and it is currently housed in a cardboard box with paper towel to make it comfortable and warm, in a quiet room away from kids and cats.

Are we doing the right things? Any better suggestions?



We will take it to a animal shelter if possibel - but there isn't one anywhere near us. Also it is sunday evening and everywhere is closed.

Update 2:

Thanks for the info - definitely no more water - I think hubby only gave it one or 2 drops.

It seems to be an insectivore and is eating all the flies we can find it... when to stop?

Not sure about the cat, although I can't imagine how else it got into the kitchen.

Update 3:

thanks - we don't know what type of bird it is - it looks like it has a few yellowy type feathers on it's chest - otherwise brown.

It seems to like the flies for now.

When we first put it into the box it was sitting back on it's haunches, now it is up on it's feet and when you open the lid to feed it it is jumping up and down with mouth open to get more! Greedy.

Certainly seems fine to me...

Anybody know if it will eat spiders - considering that it seems to like flies?

If it is liking the insects, is rice grain still a good thing to feed it? Cooked I presume?


6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    give some grains.......

    which type of bird is this.....sparow,pigeon....

    u can keep,in bulb-light,which warms it;s body and straw is better than towel...

    well,we had kept some chicks,we used to give them,small and crushed rice-grains....or cooked rice.....

    but,ya it is very important to keep baby bird warm,otherwise it may die.....

    take care of it....u have done really good job....thanks....

  • 1 decade ago

    If the baby survives the night, I will be surprised.

    Is this bird an insectivore or a seed eater? If it eats flies it gets moisture from them. Baby birds very easily aspirate water into their lungs and die, from a syringe in the mouth.

    Plus the fact that a cat had it in its mouth - cat saliva is deadly to birds even in a tiny scratch.

  • 1 decade ago

    i found some birds one time in my yard that had fallen out of the nest. I took them to the vet. while i waited we fed it bugs. so i think your doing the right thing. Try to find a pet store if you decide to keep it. Or find a vet or animal hospital.

  • Just Q
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    DON'T feed it any "people" food.

    If you have done well up to this point with bugs/worms etc stick with it.

    Anything that a mother bird would hunt and bring home will be fine.

    Mother birds don't bring in water to her babies,they get the water they need from the insects that the mother brings it.

    Giving this bird water from your tap is giving it water that might have too many chemicals in it. . ie Cholorine.

    You can go to Wal Mart to get worms. . . dice them up and feed with a pair of tweezers.

    You can also get crickets which I think would be more readily available at a Pet Store.

    Food and warmth is the best thing to provide it.

    You will need to keep it in a box too big for it to fly or jump out of as it gets bigger and starts to flap it's wings in it's effort to learn to fly.

    Now,on the other hand.

    Why do people with cats think they have to let their cats roam outside? IF it is YOUR pet why don't you keep YOUR pet at home?

    Roaming cats are left to do things like catching helpless baby birds,go to your neighbor's yards and destroy flower beds that they go to dig and pee/poop (if the digging doesn't destroy the flowerbed,their urine will),they dart out in front of cars either getting hit/injured or killed and can cause car wrecks by inexperienced drivers trying to dodge them,they breed like rabbits (usually in your neighbors bushes and keep neighbors awake all night with the breeding screams),they get into fights and get all mangled up,they get into open garbage containers and strow all the trash that gets blown around(remember that the next time you take a drive and see all the blowing trash in a neighborhood) and they carry diseases for which most cat owners don't vaccinate for such as Feline Lukemia which is not cureable and is a certain and lengthy death for cats. (Owlman certainly gives you some good advice. A cat's mouth has soooo much bacteria in it ! ! ! )

    I live in the country and I have to deal with others cats ALL the time!

    I trap and shoot cats. In the beginning I felt bad that I must be killing someones pet BUT then again I figure if they allow them to roam they have got to know that there is that possibility that the cat. . . their PET could get run over and or kill by a dog etc so they are just braving the odds.

    People move out here in my small community and think they have to have cats for "mousing" but the problem is that the cat doesn't know it is to "mouse" at their owners house and they come to my yard and destroy my chickens/ducks.

    They don't eat them which I might forgive a hungry cat for doing but they just kill them as sport and then leave me with a dead bird to deal with. . . . explain a dead chicken/duck to a 2 and 4yr old grandchild.

    People in the city who have unwanted kittens because they refuse to spay/neuter their cats and now have kittens they can't give away because there are sooooo many of them that they bring the kittens out and dump them off for those of us who live out in the country to deal with.

    This issue has become epidemic proportions in our city and we now have a leash law on cats and owners are being fined for allowing their cats to roam.

    IF I were to ever own a cat (I'm allergic to cats),it would be my PET and as such I would NEVER do anything that would endanger my PET'S life.

    My house cat would be just that. . . .A HOUSE CAT and it would NEVER EVER go outside and it certainly would not be allowed to be a nuisance to my neighbors!

    Try taking as good a care of your PET CAT as you are with the new orphaned bird and all of us as pet owners can live in a more harmonious world.

    Source(s): Chicken Lady Duck Lady Dog Lady I have 11 Ducks,10 chickens and 2 dogs and manage to keep my animals under control because I am a responsible pet owner.
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  • 1 decade ago

    it would have better to chance to survive if you return him to his kind.

    if not, give to a animal shelter, they will know how to take care of it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    feed it worms and make a nest for it

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