When to help a bird
Many baby birds that are found do not need rescue. Often birds on the ground are in the fledglingstage and learning to fly. Always assess whether a rescue is really needed!
Is it injured?
Is it cold?
Is it dehydrated?
Does its abdomen appear overly wrinkled or paperish -white?
Do its abdomen and eyes appear sunken-in?
Is it lethargic, inactive, or uninterested in its surroundings?
Does it have obvious wounds?
Can you get very close/handle the bird with little or no response?
Was it handled by a dog or cat/did you find it near a dog or cat?
Are there dead siblings/parents near-by?
Is it a naked or partially feathered ?
Are there flies around it?
Is it in imminent danger?
Have you attempted to re-nest/reunite it but have not seen the parents in over 1 to 2 hours?
If you answered yes to ANY of these questions, take the following steps:
Place the baby in a softly-lined covered box with ventilation.
Place the box in a warm, dark quiet indoor location away from all humans and pets.
Do NOT attempt to give it food or water, no matter how much it begs!
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