Hi, I have an injured bird, which has now been identified as a Juvenile Blackbird. Its thankfully now eating and drinking on a regular basis. Its tail feathers have been pulled out, leaving just 2 fail feathers left, its right wing also looks to be missing some feathers. I contacted various sanctuaries and centres and they have said that it will most likely die of shock if I try to bring it to them. My question is how long should the feathers take to regrow? One centre said two weeks but this seems very quick. I also read the juvenile blackbirds have a post-moult into adulthood, could the bird be lucky and it will regrow the last feathers quicker because of this?
Hi, I have an injured fledgling starling in my garden. It hit a window yesterday and has since been hopping around, it can fly but not far at all. And it seems like it’s back tail is angled towards its left side instead of straight. I imagine it might have broken its tail. Problem is it keeps sitting on the ground where my neighbours cats go, and I’ve had to chase them off repeatedly. I can’t catch the fledgling as it hops off and the parents have ignored it since it hit the window and just keep feeding the other two fledglings. Problem is rspca won’t come out unless I can catch the bird, which I can’t. And it doesn’t seem to be eating or drinking. Any suggestions? And does anyone know if the tail can fix by itself?
Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France
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