Advice: - If You Find Fledgling Birds, Leave Them Alone!

  • In reply to Robbo:

    I am feeding it worms and cat/dog food now and then and there is water provided. There was a adult Magpie watching it this morning and I’m sure its a parent, Its just staying in the garden and not going anywhere. 4th day coming up tomorrow. HELP!
  • Wow what a surprise seeing this brought to the front. Over 10 yrs ago and still being used as an example.
    Fledglings are different to abandoned chicks for sure as Lucky was His nest was right outside my front door in a semi circle planter with at first 4 eggs,then 4 chicks which sadly one by one was taken by a Sparrow Hawk or similar.
    We had seen them taken on a night time around the same time so I was not going to let the last one be eaten so I took him / her in.
    Hand reared with worms and flys etc we even had the neighboughs digging for worms as I recall because this particular yr worms were not in abundance because of the dry time lol.
    He was released daily in our garden and he did his own thing,ate,flew around and generally grew very big quickly too.
    We feed wild birds and their babies all yr round as all on here will be doing so there is nothing wrong in what you are doing and as long as there are no cats in your garden the parents I am sure will continue to feed it until its strong enough to gain height and fly away..good luck.....

    As this has popped up I am bitterly disappointed to see all of my posts and pickys and vids have gone.It would of been nice to of watched them again and seen all the lovely snaps I had posted on here.

    THANKYOU FOR READING

    SUE and LUCKY..just call me    Mrs Early Bird.....x

    Our house operate's  soley for our animals and birds......Love me love my animals........

     

  • In reply to birdlady1:

    Should i take this one in at night or no, as there is no cats around? Do you know when it will be able to fly away?
  • Hi I would nt be taking it in or even touching it,if its still there and not dead then its eating and just hanging around until the time comes to move up and over your fence maybe....lol.....Is it flying a little during the day or is it still in the same place?.The very fact that its still there and alive tells me its feeling safe and being fed so as long as its got loads of feathers and they grow quickly anyway...we have birds so I see this...it should be ok for a while ...good luck and please keep me up to date eh....sadly as usual nobody else seems to want to advise.....either way.....good luck.

    THANKYOU FOR READING

    SUE and LUCKY..just call me    Mrs Early Bird.....x

    Our house operate's  soley for our animals and birds......Love me love my animals........

     

  • Please read the advice in this original thread as it's as valid as it ever was.
  • This magpie fledgling in my garden is now getting up trees and standing on them and seems better at flying, i fed it for about 4 days now, and the parents haven't seem to bother with it. Has it met the requirements to live on its own and fly away? Or should I carrying on feeding it? 

  • Good morning seagreenspiral........if the babe is flying now then its deff on the up.....as for should you keep feeding it......if you think about it we all are feeding birds now so I wouldnt change anything at all.
    If it wants to eat what your putting out then it will and thats great.......if its still around and fending for itself then youve filled the gap for the parents.my thoughts are great and well done.

    The sad thing about this site is...... moderator or admin wont like what I have said again.... 10 yrs ago to this very week I went to great lengths to contact the RSPB and joined here to ask for help / advice like you have and nobody actually did that at all.

    The sad thing was I opened up a huge chat following for Lucky and most members  who actually understood what and why I did what I did was very nice and happy to read and follow Lucky progress to a full wild release .I put on some fab little vids of feeding time,playing time that he did himself in the open fruit cage which is where we based him.he fed himself and flew off daily and it was lovely....

    The sad and disappointing thing was the most snr members.ie admin etc deemed it totally wrong with what I did and eventually locked the thread which was lovely,I made lots of friends here who after reading the full story was happy with what I did.

    I was surprised to get a notification last week  10 years after Luckys release which was the thread about NOT rescuing birds,chicks etc. bumped..  

    The whole chat,link and vids and snaps are no longer on this site......which is why I left the group.My advice will always be the same....if a chick is in danger like our 4 were.then down to one.then if there is a chance of saving it I would do it all over again in a heart beat.

    Well done for caring and dont touch it,carry on with the feeding of all birds because they will come to you if they want....

    THANKYOU FOR READING

    SUE and LUCKY..just call me    Mrs Early Bird.....x

    Our house operate's  soley for our animals and birds......Love me love my animals........