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PostSubject: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:34 pm

I just found this baby bird at sunset today:



It's not a pigeon, but I'm hoping someone can offer some advice on what I should do to help it. The baby was stuck at the bottom of some basement stairs, because it couldn't fly high enough to get out. I put it in an old aquarium with some seeds and water, but I don't know if its actually old enough to feed itself...

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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:49 pm

Is it possible to see a picture straight on?
It probably doesn't know how to eat on it's own and so you need to buy some dry kitten chow, soak a few pieces in hot water and when they are soft, you can cut them into pieces. The bird won't recognize you as mom or dad at first and so will will need to gently pry the break open with your finger nails and put pieces of the food at the back or the mouth over the throat. This is a bit more difficult than working with a Pigeon. Little birds like this have strong beaks and don't want to open them at first.
This baby will need to be fed about every hour until it is eating on it's own. Please only soak as much food as you will need for each feeding. If you have more questions, you can call me.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:03 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:05 pm

Cute picture, Jim. Is the bird Finch sized?
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:07 pm

From the side shot, the bird looks like a Finch. From the front shot, the bird looks like a House Sparrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:08 pm

Do you see adults around that look like this...

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_sparrow/id
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:10 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:15 pm

Yes -- its tiny. Maybe 2.5 to 3 inches long.

Should I let it sleep right now, or try to feed it? I have some puppy chow -- would that work instead of kitten chow? Also, should I get a heating pad going?
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:17 pm

It looks a little bit more like a sparrow than a finch. I've seen sparrows around, but not finches, so I guess I'd have to put my money on the sparrow option.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:29 pm

That is a young female house sparrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:30 pm

Yes...puppy chow will work. I'd put a towel on the bottom of the acquarium and something to perch on...stick...do you have any of those in Arizona? heating pad set on low...half under the acquarium so tthe babt can get away from the heat if she neeeds to. Yes you can wait until morning but you need to be ready at sun up.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:31 pm

NiteOwl wrote:
That is a young female house sparrow.
That's what I think too. I lived with one for 8 years, Jim. She was quite charming. Her name was Sparkle.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:40 pm

NiteOwl wrote:
That is a young female house sparrow.


I agree. :Yes:
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:45 pm

Matilda wrote:
I'd put a towel on the bottom of the acquarium and something to perch on...stick...do you have any of those in Arizona?

Yes -- there are five. Fortunately, I own one of them...
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:48 pm

I was talking about sticks...something to perch on.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:50 pm

Jim...you are just a bird magnet.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:52 pm

Actually, we only have three sticks here in Arizona, but I own one of those too.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:53 pm

I can always end you some...I have plenty.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:57 pm

Matilda wrote:
Jim...you are just a bird magnet.

Actually, I think it was just one bird that posted something on its Facebook page about how gullible I am, but that bird had a lot of friends, and they had a lot of friends, and so on...
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:00 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:26 pm

Sure is a cute little one, Jim. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:33 pm

Matilda wrote:

and something to perch on...stick...do you have any of those in Arizona?

They're pretty rare around here. :That\\\'s so f

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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:34 pm

I'm going to send you all a bunch of sticks.
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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:37 pm

jimc2000 wrote:

Actually, we only have three sticks here in Arizona, but I own one of those too.

And I own one. And I bet Jenn owns the third one. Happy Dance Happy Dance

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PostSubject: Re: Baby not-a-pigeon   Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:50 pm

This info may help you:

http://www.starlingtalk.com/babycare.htm

I used their advices with my Olive Trush. Smile
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