How To: Feed a baby bird

Feed a baby bird

Feeding birds isn't the same as feeding ducks. Ducks are practically fearless when it comes to filling their tummies, but other birds aren't as brave, especially when it comes to baby birds. Baby birds sometimes fall from their nests, and sometimes are knocked out by storms or other natural causes. If you find a baby bird, here's how to feed it.

You Will Need
* Empty berry container
* Heating pad
* Dog kibble
* Hot sugar water
* Bowl
* Spoon
* Hardboiled eggs
* Baby cereal
* Toothpicks
* Canned cat or dog food
* Lean raw beef
* Fruit

Step 1: Place bird in berry container
Place the baby bird in an empty berry container on top of a heating pad to it keep warm.

Handle the bird only when necessary.

Step 2: Prepare food
Prepare the food by soaking dog kibble in hot sugar water for 1 hour.

Step 3: Add egg and baby cereal
Remove the kibble from the water and mix it with baby cereal and a hardboiled egg. Feed the baby bird with this mixture for the first couple of days.

Step 4: Make a small ball of mixture
Make a pea-size ball with the food mixture and place it in the baby's mouth using a toothpick.

Never force food or water into the bird's mouth.

Step 5: Feed every 15 minutes
Feed the bird every 15 minutes over the first couple of days. When it's stronger, feed it every 30 to 60 minutes.

Step 6: Feed cat or dog food, meat, and fruit
Feed the baby bird room temperature canned dog food, lean raw beef, and fruit after the first couple of days.

Step 7: Wean away food
Wean it away from hand-feeding once it starts moving around.

In 2007, an ostrich egg set a record for the largest egg from a living bird at 5 pounds 9 ounces.

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