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Q: Irritating, worrying, chirping bird?

August 3, 2009 | By S S. | 3 answers | Expired: 1807 days ago

Tags: bird, chirping, pipkin

S S.

We found a baby wren, Pipkin, not yet old enough to fly in my neighbor's canoe. Unfortunately, they had lent their canoe out and the people had moved the canoe all over our lake. The mommy couldn't find the babies. There were originally 4 but we only have one. My question is this - he eats worms from a plate, drinks from a dish, and is generally happy, but he has been chirping NON-STOP for the past hour and a half! Is he ok, and is there something else I should be doing? By the way we are not taking him to an ASPCA because he is almost old enough to fly away. Basically we are just protecting him until he can care for himself.

Thank you!

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Jillian
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Aug 05, 2009

when i was a kid, i would rescue "abandoned" baby birds, care for them and teach them how to fly. i didn't know any better back then. the bird you found is probably a fledgling, a young bird tossed out of the nest that is still being cared for by it's mother. many species of birds do this, it's their way of teaching the babies how to take care of themselves before they learn to fly. the common misconception is that birds live in nests until their mother pushes them out and they fly away. the baby you found is calling for it's mother. if you've only had him/her for a few days, take him/her back to where you found them. if you insist on caring for him/her yourself, know that baby birds must eat every couple of hours and you must wake up every other hour to do it. avoid contact when you're not feeding and consider finding a wildlife rehabilitation in your area to give the bird to.

if it is indeed a baby wren, this is what they will need to eat: SWIFT, SWALLOW, VIREO, WARBLER, KINGLET, GNATCATCHER, WREN--(normal diet insects of flying type). Feed straight P/D dog food mixed with hardboiled egg yolk, dried flies, crushed adult mealworms and pupae (remove heads). Thin to feedable consistency. Supplement with fresh flies, spiders.

please check w/this site to find more information: www.csub.edu/FACT/baby_bird_care.htm

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Michele Z.
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Aug 03, 2009

Are you keeping the bird in a cage and, if so, what is in the cage? The bird probably is calling out for its mother and/or siblings OR feels insecure if the cage is bare. If there isn't something already in the cage that the bird can hide in, offer it a box, twigs, leaves, branch from a pine tree, straw, or the like so that it will have a place to go "undercover". Depending on the type of wren, it probably prefers other types of bugs (insects), spiders, and maybe seeds and fruits. You could also offer it bread and nuts, but I don't think they typically eat worms.

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Michele Z.
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Aug 03, 2009

Also, I believe you are required to have a permit/license to keep a wild bird, even temporarily. I think you are required to take it to a rehabilitation center, not care for it yourself unless you are qualified to do (which, based on your question, you are NOT).

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