1 day old sparrows

A (sparrows - I think) nest was disturbed in our community by construction. I live on the Aegean coast of Turkey where respect for nests does not come into play. The mother fled, by the evening there was no sign and the less than one-day-old chicks were dying. I have kept them warm and fed them all night. All 4 are still alive and eating well 14 hours later. I am following advice from the internet, but if anybody has any personal experience or suggestions on how best to persevere, I would appreciate it. I don't hold out much hope but they seem determined to live and I am determined to give it my best shot. Bests, Lis

  • Sorry about this. Well done for what you've achieved so far. I presume there is no wildlife rescue type place in the area?
  • In reply to Robbo:

    No. Unfortunately nothing of that sort here. All 4 birds still alive 24 hours later. Just gave them spider and some grub from the garden. Other than that a mix of moistened mushed dog kibble, water, honey or sugar mix. I am rather out in the middle of nowhere so no access to specialist products.
  • Sounds like you are doing a good job. Not sure if anyone can give any advice over and above what you are already doing.
  • In reply to Robbo:

    Thanks! Doing my best! One question I cannot find a conclusive answer to - do they need to be fed all through the night? I fed them hourly last night as they had been neglected all day but presumably in nature the parents aren't bringing food back during the night. Different opinions on the internet. Do you have any knowledge on this, Robbo?
  • No, sorry. The only orphans we have had went to wildlife rescue. But, as adults don't feed during darkness, no need for you to. Obviously, longer daylight means they would be getting less fed if you didn't set an alarm.
  • Is this article of any help ...

    This vid may help



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  • Thanks Wendy! Wikihow has been my mentor so far. I was just reaching out to see if anyone in this community had any other ideas as back up.
    Robbo ... we fed them hourly last night and will continue to feed them as often as they open their tiny beaks.
    Thanks both of you,
  • I did help raise a rescued baby Ring-necked Parakeet a few years ago, feeding special formula by syringe, but it was a bit older & a great deal more substantial than your little Sparrows, principle the same but a lot more fiddly no doubt ... good luck!


     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • If you do Facebook it might be worth messaging the lady who runs this rescue, I am sure she would be willing to share information esp. given your situation. It sounds like you are doing a fabulous job

    Cin J