Baby blackbird

I found a baby blackbird and my cats were just about to get it. It's in my greenhouse,  safe from the cats.

It's chirping but nothing is calling back. I assume the cats have had the parents.

What can I do for it. It has a few strawberries and nuts for it to eat. I don't know if that's any good.

We can't take it to a wildlife place until tomorrow. Will it be okay?

  • Hi, you do not say how old this bird might be & if it can feed itself ... Are you able to keep your cats indoors for a while & put the baby BB back in the open in case it's parents are still around? Failing that, best to offer live mealworms, chopped garden worms, chopped nuts & raisins, tinned Pedigree Chum puppy food also good, & fresh drinking water until you can get it to wildlife rehab!

     

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  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    I have got it out. A mum has come down and it's hidden ish.
    It was stuck in the long grass in the greenhouse. I got it out.
    Can the mum get it to safety?
  • Usually the babies stay hidden in undergrowth & parent bird, quite often Dad, can find it OK to feed it but cats should be kept indoors or under very close scrutiny until the baby can fly to safety ... one of the biggest problems as BB's are mainly groundfeeders, foraging for worms & bugs etc! Good news that parent is around!

     

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  • The baby died last night. I feel so bad. I feel like I killed it.
  • You did your best at the time but general advice is to leave them in situ so that parent bird can see to them whilst they are protected by us from cat & dog predation ... a bit of food & fresh water placed nearby would do no harm!

     

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  • I agree with Wendy on this in that you did the right thing after finding it.

    Got to say that based on what's been written, a cat had found it first and maybe brought it to where you found it, or just found it there. Birds don't last long if they've had an encounter with a cat, even if the cat just plays with it a bit rather than slaughtering it.
  • In reply to Bubblesandshawny:

    Bubblesandshawny said:
    The baby died last night. I feel so bad. I feel like I killed it.

    I hope you're feeling better about things now, as Robbo said, probably couldn't have been saved anyway!

     

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