Where would I get milk for a baby bird that got abandoned by its mother?
- PRLv 710 months agoFavorite Answer
1. Birds are not mammals, so they do not nurse from their mother. Than means they do not need milk.
2. Be sure this bird was actually abandoned. If it has feathers and is hopping around, and maybe can fly a little, it may be under the watchful eye of its parent birds. They are often in a tree or bush just out of sight, and come and feed the baby as they find food. In this way, they allow the bird to get used to being on its own, and then it will begin hunting on its own, when it is ready.
3. If the bird has no feathers, or cannot really stand up, or has only small feathers coming through the quills, but no wings or tail, it will need assistance. If there is a nest nearby, place it back in the nest.
4. If the baby is not feathered and there is no nest, bring it inside.
For a baby bird who needs help, it needs to be placed in a bowl lined with tissue or paper towels. This can be changed to keep it clean - baby birds poop, a lot. Place this in a warm area. You can place a lamp near it, or use a lizard rock under the bowl. In order to eat, the baby must be at least your own body temperature. You can warm it up in your hands, or gently under a lamp, or with a towel on top of a hot water bottle. DO NOT overheat the baby.
To feed, simply mix canned cat food with water. Place in a syringe or dropper and syringe into the baby's beak. Usually, they will open their mouth and eat the food.
Once the baby bird seems like it is O.K., you can call a naturalist or the DNR for your area and ask for contact information for a naturalist. It is not easy to rehabilitate a baby bird, and even if it lives, they are then difficult to release. A naturalist knows just how to do this, so the bird will live the way it is supposed to live.
It is good you are helping this baby bird, but do find someone who knows just how to do this. If the bird has wings already feathered, it is likely being watched by its parents. Robins are notorious for doing this, and I even saw a baby Cardinal who was being fed by its parents, in the bushes. It was not much more than a week or two and they took it out to let it use its wings.
- 10 months ago
Feed a baby bird foods such as berries/ seeds. They thrive on this diet, it’s natural for wild birds to eat things such as this!
- 10 months ago
I dont think they drink milk, they just eat whatever the mom chews up..
- Verulam 1Lv 710 months ago
Leave this well alone unless you know EXACTLY what to do. How do you know it's abandoned by it's mother? Sometimes a chick will accidently fall from the nest, or it's just fledged in which case, if you BACK OFF, it will call for the parents who will come to feed it - once they see you are not around. We do more harm than good with wild animals, with the best of intentions.
Birds do not drink milk!!!
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- TarkarriLv 710 months ago
Baby birds do not drink milk.
There are different mixes used depending on bird species and how far along in development.
Is it a species that has mainly a seed diet? Or insects?
A chicken baby will eat chick crumble within hours of hatching.
A parrot species will expect to be fed until fully fledged.Source(s): Wildlife carer.
- Donnie PorkoLv 710 months ago
Baby birds don’t drink milk. If you want to feed it, chew some insects/worms until it’s a liquified state then puke the result into the baby’s mouth.
- geraldLv 710 months ago
birds are not weaned onto solids the mother does it in her crop use mashed food
- GingerLv 710 months ago
Do baby birds even drink milk?!?