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I have a lost wild bird in my house trying to take care of it?My wild bird is a baby i feed her food that i know that its ok for her to eat but her poop is turning light green is that bad?!

Please help!

Posted by Maria M
[display_name id=”1″]If the bird is fully feathered, it is most likely a fledgling and has left the nest on it’s own and it’s parents are caring for it. You need to replace it where you found it..preferably in a scrub or tree so it is relatively safe from predators, and the parents should come back to feed it. If it is unfeathered…then look for a nest and if you can find it…replace it into the nest. Do not worry about your scent being on the chick..birds have a very poorly developed sense of smell and will NOT reject a baby that has been touched. If you cannot find a nest, get the bird to a local wildlife rehab for it’s best chance of survival. Also, keep in mind, it is illegal for you to try and raise this bird on your own. Look up a rehab here if you need one:
Http://www.tc.umn.edu/~devo0028/contactA…

Found wild baby house sparrow birds?Yesterday evening a couple of the neighborhood girls “found a nest” that had 4 baby sparrow birds in it. They said 1 of the birds has died so I took the other 3 and the nest and took care of them for the night. My plan was to call the Wildlife place today and take them into there and have them raise them. When I called this morning they said to put the nest in a tree and the mom will listen for their call and them will take care of them. I watched the tree for about 3 hours and no birds came by. My other issue is that there is a storm coming and I dont want the whole nest to fall out of the tree. Im not sure what my options are now. I have been feeding them wet dog food and soggy wheat bread. I also have 3 dogs that would just love to get to them. I just dont know what to do now.

Posted by Casie M

[display_name id=”1″]Did the cats have the baby birds in their mouths? Do the birds have any feathers? They could have infection from puncture wounds from the cat.

Please never feed birds bread, it contains yeast, which is undigestable by birds. There is no nutritional value, and will only take up space in their stomachs, and not allow them to eat what is good for them.

Is the tree near the original nesting spot? If possible, place it at the same height, facing the same direction, and secure it to the tree, with wire, cord, string, whatever. If possible, make sure there is overhead protection from the weather, a large branch that would keep the young dry.

Call the center back, and let them know that you’ve not seen the parents for many hours, they may suggest you bring them in before the storm. Good luck.

Are all wild birds picky on where they eat?I have 6 feeders in my gardens at the back front and sides of the house i have to fill 1 every day and it holds 1.5 kg but the other 5 i only have to fill every saturday or sunday i do have 3 cats who they are not bothered by as the 1 that needs refilling is the 1 in what we call the cats garden and its up quite high any one got any idea why this is.

Posted by SheilaP
[display_name id=”1″]Wild birds will compete over the best feeding areas, yes.
Because you have cats I would say that this is one factor contributing to why they are such fussy eaters- they are probably choosing the one that is up the highest because it is a safe distance from the cats and because they have a good view from up there.
Eating from different heights can also symbolise different statures for some birds- a little like a pecking order- where the more dominant chickens will perch higher than the subordinates.
The more dominant or aggressive birds will often choose the better eating grounds, fourcing the other’s to dine in an area that is not so safe, has worse view, or is closer to the ground etc.
My friends have massive wild bird feeding stations over their front yard. They used to have a wildlife shelter, so they still have their old birds coming back season after season. They have been feeding the birds for years and the birds get very close.
They had to put out about 11 feeders because there was so much competition for the food and there were birds missing out.
We live in Australia, and some of the birds that visit the garden include:
Sulfur crested cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets (who always fight for- and win- the best spot!), gang gang cockatoos, galahs, crimson rosellas, eastern rosellas, king parrots, bronze wing pigeons, wattle birds, wrens, magpies, etc.

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Are birds good house pets?I have always adored birds. I was looking into getting two small finches but my mother claims that they are dirty and loud. Someone else told me the environment has to change and things have to be a lot different. Is it worth it?

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[display_name id=”1″]Absolutly!!! Birds in my opinion are way better than a dog or cat. Birds are much smarter, live longer, and cost less. No more spending hundreds at the vet or pet store. And, if you like to travel with your pet or hate paying a lot for a pet sitter, you can easily bring your birds with you. And, many airlines will let you bring your bird in an airline-approved crate. No more scary kennels that you would normally send a dog or cat to. See all positives? I think that they weigh out the loudness or dirtyness by a longshot. And those problems can be fixed with some creative thinking. You can cover the cage at night, and get covered feeders that prevent seeds and pellets to go flying. Also, you dont waste money because without a covered feeder, some birds will poop in their food/water. (yes, yes, EW.) Just think about it for a bit, and I’m sure those finches will bring a nice and cheery sond versus a loud “scream” as bigger parrots are known for.
Hope this helps!!!
Hanging outdoor bird houses?I have a few bird houses to hang outside. How far away should I have bird feeders and baths from the houses? Should I put any straw, sticks, or anything in the empty houses to start them off?

Posted by Becky
[display_name id=”1″]In general there are specific houses for specific bird species. What I recommend is find out what kind of bird will use the houses that you purchased, then what you can do is find out by google searching what the parameters are for the houses. Just like there are different houses for different birds they like to be in different places and different heights, i.e. Black Phoebes love to be near moving water like a fountain that is always on or a backyard pond with a pump so the water is in motion, they also nest under a overhang. What I have done is, I bought a platform type nest “box” thought it isn’t a box and I hung it on my house under an eve that was adjacent to my fountain. Because Black Phoebes don’t mind nesting where humans are present you can hang the platform on or near your home. If you need more help e-mail me via my Answers profile and I will be glad to help—Good luck with everything, if you can encourage birds to nest on you property it is a wonderful sight to see.
Need help with a hummingbird feeder – no birds?I put this red and yellow hummingbird feeder out with my red colored walmart mix hummingbird nectar and I got 1 hummingbird. The feeder at that time was next to the house.
Then no activity at all. I read online that the nectar goes bad so I made my own clear 1 to 4 mix of sugar and water and moved the feeder to a tree away from the house. Still no birds. What can I do?
FUNNY UPDATE: I know some of you have said not to move the feeder but I went outside to move it back to near the house where I could see it. I figured that if the birds haven’t gotten here yet that that would be a better spot.
Well as I was about to take the last knot out of the string holding it up I heard a peculiar buzzing over my head. I see nothing and then down hovers next to me a bright red throat humming bird and he’s just looking at me. So I’ve still got my hands on it and he goes in and is drinking for maybe 30 seconds. Then I here another one and it is brown but it wants nothing to do with what the other bird did so it sits on a branch about 2 feet away. Soon after that i saw a green and red one.
I still can’t see the birds on the feeder from my house very well though.

Posted by cande56755
[display_name id=”1″]Here’s where the birds are so far…. The ruby throats, that is…Http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

if you’re in CA your birds will come if the nectar is fresh and you leave ti where it is for long enough for them to check it out and decide it’s safe…..

I put mine up last week so that it would be a ‘normal’ object in the yard when the birds DO get here…. Some years ours show up in May, some years,not till almost July…. But they’ve been staying later…..

Have patience…. They’ll find you….

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Why won’t the wild Birds (Sparrows) eat anything I give them?There are wild Birds called Sparrows in our house. I really like to see them, but every time I get near them, they fly away. I tried building Bird houses, but they didn’t work.I used the following foods but the Birds never touched any of them.
Bird Seed
Bird Food
Seeds, grains, corn, bread, rice, wheat, etc.
Hamster Food
Insects, worms, maggots, insect larvae, meal worms, etc.
Meat
Food scrapsWhat else can I use? I can’t use the Pigs. The Birds in our house can fly without the Slingshot!

Posted by MyPet
[display_name id=”1″]The english house sparrows i used to have as pets and they liked wild bird seed and tiny pieces of bread, really tiny. They liked corn to but had trouble chewing it up. I read that 80% of their diet is insects and they would really go crazy for flys. They liked cooked ground up beef to. The food needs to fit in their mouth or be mushy enough for them to tare apart. I have parakeets and throw a lot of their food in my drive way and the sparrows always come for that stuff to.Food around the size of rice is perfect size for them which they also eat rice.Sparrows are not a bird you want around if your a bird watcher they chase all the other types away.

I through most my table scraps in my yard. Get a lot of birds now and squirrels and rabbits and a few random cats.

What does this mean? A strange wild black cat showed up and the little black birds begin chirping so loud?Could hear them chirping from inside the house. I do feed wild cats but never a black one and the birds don’t usually go crazy.
Good at least it’s not a omen. I.

Posted by Tina Marie
[display_name id=”1″]Sounds to me as if the Birds where either scared or where warning each other of danger.

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