Finding an Injured Bird
- If you have an emergency contact us immediately at or 678-576-1655.
- If you are unsure if the bird needs help, please check the "Signs of Illness or Injury" list below.
- If you transport the bird to us, please read the important "Transporting" section below.
- Importantly, if you suspect a cat has attacked a bird make sure that bird gets to us immediately as there is a window of 8-12 hrs to get antibiotics in the bird's system or it will die from the enzymes in the cat's saliva.
Signs of Illness or Injury:
Failure to flee when approached
Found in the mouth of a cat or dog
Bird appears dazed, confused, or is staggering or limping
One wing drooping or held higher than the other
Difficulty controling its head or neck
Crusty eyes or beak
Missing or matted feathers
Cannot fly well
If you are still unsure, observe the bird from a distance for an hour or two to make sure it is getting food from a parent or is eating on its own or call us.
*One thing to keep in mind, some birds, such as plovers and killdeer fake a broken wing to attract predators away from their babies.
Capturing the bird - A healthy bird will try its best to get away from humans. If the bird is very difficult to catch, it may well not need rescuing. If the bird needs capturing, get an appropriate sized box ready, and a soft cloth free of loose threads to put inside the box so the bird doesn't slide around. - loose threads could get tangle around its foot and cause permanent damage. Use a net with a long handle or a sheet to toss over the bird to catch it, unless it is very ill and isn't moving at all, in which case a soft cloth will work best for picking up the bird and putting it in a box. Most importantly, do not have multiple people try to capture the bird and do *not* attempt to catch the bird multiple times. Birds stress very easily and die from stress. It is a one person job or at most a two person job. Keep all noise to a minimum, and act quickly.
Transporting the bird to us - Please bring the bird in an appropriate sized box, lined with a thread free cloth. Add a hot water bottle or latex type glove filled with warm water next to the bird if it's a nestling (with skin showing). Make sure to keep everyone extremely quiet around the bird until it reaches us, no loud voices, squealing, dog barking, or radios. Remember, getting the bird to us immediately is the key to us being able to help. We are totally volunteer based and can't leave the babies in our care to do pick-ups.
We deeply appreciate those willing to rescue a bird in need.
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