Our Lightbulb Baby Birds.

by Krystal Davis
(Bostic, NC)

Our sandbucket birds nest!

Our sandbucket birds nest!

We have been in our home for a year now, and the same couple of birds have had a few babies. Our kids and us really enjoy hearing them squawk and watching the Mommy and Daddy bird providing for them.

Recently our oldest son about 4 years old, had noticed upon looking out to check on them was telling us over and over that the whole nest was scattered all over our front porch.

What should we do with baby birds? Well there were 5 babies on our porch and a very confused and excited Mommy and Daddy bird.

Well being the parents we are, my husband and I retrieved our kids sandbucket, stuffed it full of dead grass and hung as well as we could right next to our light!

Sure enough Mommy and Daddy bird came back and we all could not be happier. The sandbucket had saved the day!

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Nest Jumper

by Laura
(Greenwood, Ca)

Nest Jumper

Nest Jumper

We don't know whether this bird jumped or was pushed from the nest. But by her eager demeanor, it is safe to say, she probably jumped!

I think it's a robin red breast, but I could be totally wrong. We put her in a makeshift nest and have her outside in hopes her folks will come back and feed her.

I have been giving her some moths to eat. She gobbles them up greedily and begs for more. She had 5 of them for breakfast!

And these are the big mori bombyx silkworm moths! She needs to grow fast and get her wings so she can join nature.

We are keeping a close eye on her safety and welfare.

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Mother & 2 Babies in nest

by Gail
(Las Vegas, Nevada)

Dove and 2 babies

Dove and 2 babies

We have found a Mourning Dove nesting in our tree, we soon discovered she had 2 babies. They seem to be doing fine. We have enjoyed seeing them and Mom.

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Cable TV & Internet Interference . . . Discovery Of Nest

by Donna Landers
(Bedford, Indiana)

new babies in nest, no momma

new babies in nest, no momma

The nest has babies in it and we have not seen the mother. We have had roofers working on our house for a week and I'm afraid they scared the mother bird away.

Yesterday when I discovered the nest, there were 3 babies and one egg. Today, the egg had hatched and now there's 4 babies that I can see, maybe more.

I'm afraid they are going to starve. When I look at the nest, the babies open their beaks very wide thinking I'm going to feed them.

I know I can't feed them, what should I do? The birds have no feathers and eyes are still covered with skin. So I know they are just very newly hatched.

Thanks in Indiana

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May 23, 2016
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Newly aquired bird parents
by: Anonymous

There should be some rescue people who have resorces to help take care of the baby birds. If you happen to have an eyedropper You can warm up some milk in a saucer and feed each one that way till help arrives.

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Year, After Year

by Jessica Butler
(Spencerville)

Year after year I always end up with baby birds on my porch or fallen out of the trees in my yard.

I have always successfully been able to raise the babies, and set them free when the time is right. Luck may have to do with it, but time and patients over- rule.

My local vet instructed me that you can feed them a mixture of scrambled eggs and wet cat/dog food. It seems to work. Upon reading this article, I'm surprised to find out you must feed every 10 - 20 min. I feed every 2 hrs.

At the present time I have rescued a morning dove with no feet and surrendered him to a bird sanctuary.

Now I have two baby Robins I saved from some attacking black birds. There name is Ike and Spike. I tried putting them back in there nest on the ground but Ike was determined to cross the road wobbling and hopping.

I'm now on day two and all is going well. I really like this site for the information it gives, and now I must go feed them.

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Birddog 66

by Donny
(Gainsville,TX. USA)


Howdy! I'm from north Texas and I have a little bird story for yall!

I notice the nest about three weeks ago in a little round tin planter on my patio table that is on our front porch, and I notice it had eggs in it.

I thought the most unlikely place for a nest because of my four large dogs that I am constantly letting in and out because of the extreme hot weather we are having down here.

I guess it doesn't bother her(Carolina Wren) because she still is coming around to take care of her baby's. well, THEY HATCHED! and they are the most pretty little things I ever seen.

I try to watch out the window to make sure their mama is not in the middle of feeding them before I let the dogs out.

I hope they all live through this difficult time in there lives. They grow up quick don't they?

They are getting big and there eyes are open, so I guess it wont be long before they are leaving the nest, hopefully they will stick around and eat some of my bugs for me.

Good luck little guys.

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Our Bluebird Petie

by possum
(Ozark Foothills, Mo.)


"Petie"

We had been watching the blue birds build the nest for several days.The time came for the egg-laying, we were so excited, this had been the third try for them.

For the prior two had ended in disaster, the first eggs a rat snake had gotten into, the second we don't know what happened the baby's had just vanished.

Anyway this time things looked like they were going to turn out okay. When the nestlings were ten days old the female failed to return to the nest, we assumed something had happened to her.

The male kept up his duties just like clock-work, when on the twelfth day the male failed to return.

We decided to try and feed them ourselves with whatever insects we could catch. When it came time for them to fledge we noticed only one came out of the box, to our dismay, when we opened the box we found three of the birds dead.

We have taken the only survivor "Petie" into our care and doing the best we can in order for him to make it on his own.

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Day Old Baby Bird

by Angeleque
(Kamuela, Hawaii)

My cat brought something in to the house last night in her mouth my husband told her to spit it out, so she did.

A baby bird not more than a day old its eyes aren't open yet and it can't even hold it's head up. It was so tiny smaller than my thumb and so cute!

Anyway I held it for a while to keep it warm, made a special box for it and didn't expect it to live through the night, but it was still alive this morning.

I was giving it water with my fingernail it seemed to like it. I didn't know how to care for this bird until I found this site, and I'm so glad I did.

Now I will put it in a container a back into a tree it goes! I feel much better now,I will leave it up to mother nature. (that's not my cats name)
Mahalo from Hawaii

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Ibis

by Carrol Betts
(Chiefland, FL)

Ibis

Ibis

In September I was at Fort Myers Beach. I spotted a lot of ocean birds, but the Ibis caught my attention, with their blue eyes, friendly blue eyes. I kept watching this particular Ibis, she wasn't afraid, seemed like she was following me around.

After several minutes I was able to take her picture as she was dipping her head in the water, it looked at though she was looking right at the camera waiting for me to snap the picture.

I was pleased when I printed the picture and saw her blue eyes looking at the camera. Hope ya'll enjoy it.

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Cardinals in my Sattelite dish

by Gene
(Lower Alabama)

I have five new cardinals nested in my dish. Videos are taken in 48 minutes clips due to memory stick capacity.

They are five days old today 5/7/09

Mama was nesting and PAPA has been helping with feeding. The 48 minute video clip yesterday afternoon saw no Mama, but Papa did feed twice during that period and Mama has not showed up this morning.I think harm has come to her.

I could easily feed the young ones though my window if Papa doesn't come back, but read here that's not a good thing to do.

Any suggestions ?

.../gene

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Nest-Door Neighbors

by Kaylor
(NC)

What a mouth!

What a mouth!

A young Carolina Wren couple built on the adjoining parcel, previously identified as "the window box on the right side of our bay window".

They thoughtfully situated it so the opening almost directly faces our window.

The missus laid 4 eggs over four days, and last Monday they started hatching. I can't tell you the thrill this has given us.

We try to be thoughful neighbors: keeping the evening lights to a minimum, no sudden movements around the window, cautious traffic across the deck...but I confess she knows we're here.

She cranes her neck to look in the window with each food delivery.

I would have to be totally inept not to get amazing shots when all we have to do is raise the window a few inches, aim, and click. I've attached my favorite. WOW! Doesn't it looks like a bass with feathers!

I wondered if we should help supplement the food supply, not by actually feeding but by laying out an appetizing (!) selection if mom and dad are interested.

Any thoughts on that? I only ask because there are four babies in there. On the other hand, they all seem to be doing well.

And before anyone chastises me: beyond taking a few pictures after the parents fly away, we are taking great care to simply observe this wondrous cycle and appreciate the opportunity presented to us.

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Jul 22, 2008
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go ahead and feed those nesting chickadees!
by: judy

I wouldn't chastise you.....can't say you're doing anything wrong!

I put black oil sunflower seed on the driveway outside the garage (nesting on garage door opener) and the chickadees quickly found it. So did the cardinal family which fledged about 3 weeks ago!

I've read there is nothing wrong with continuing to feed the birds after winter. It's a good thing to aid birds during nesting season for that very reason....4 extra mouths to feed!

Judy

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Caring For My Two Babies.

by Cathy Forsyth
(Rohnert Park, CA)

I had just put our newborn baby boy down for a nap, when our seven year old son came running in.

He had found a tiny bird on top of our patio roof and wanted us to take a look. Sure enough, there it was, just a couple of days old with no feathers at all.

After being unable to find out where it may have come from, we decided that we would have to try to take care of it.

Upon showing it to my neighbor, she suggested that we bring the bird down to the local bird rescue in town. When I placed the call the woman on the phone said that she couldn't possibly take any more birds but that she would come right over and teach me how to take care of mine.

Soon, she was at my door armed with a box of baby birds that she had been caring for and a large manual for me to read.

Then she said,"You know that you must take these baby birds with you wherever you go!". I already had my hands full trying to care of our newborn son, and taking on another "baby" wasn't what I had in mind. "Also," she said, on Wednesday evenings, we have baby bird parenting classes that you should come to." I politely declined.

So began the most intense two weeks I had experienced in a long time. Every 30 minutes I would feed the baby bird then turn around to feed our newborn son every two hours then change diapers and clean up after the baby bird.

The woman from bird rescue was so pleased that she asked if I could take in a whole nest of baby crows. I declined that as well.

Finally, the baby bird was old enough to be released and with a sigh of relief, we let him fly off. The very next day I hear a tapping at my glass sliding door.

I look down and what do I see; but another baby bird that had fallen out of a tree with it's beak pressed up against the glass!

I opened the door and it just hopped right in.

So began another baby bird story.






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Apr 15, 2012
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What did you feede it?
by: Anonymous

We just found a baby bird with some feathers and I don't know what to feed it! What did you feed yours?

Jun 16, 2009
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by: Anonymous

Wow that was hilarious! Poor you! I wonder what on earth got into that bird woman that she would ask you to take a bunch of other birds when you already had a baby to take care of, too, though. I think that was rather thoughtless. But that second bird you found, gee that was funny!

Jun 16, 2009
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Roped into it
by: Bonnie

Had to laugh at the bird rescue lady's arrival at your home with MORE baby birds! I'm sure they are swamped in springtime with all the lost babies or nests blown down in storms, etc.

To do all that with a newborn of your own, you are a GOOD person! Hugs & applause!

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Baby Robin

by Audrey
(Hernando, MS)

Fledgling Robin

Fledgling Robin

One day as I was out in the backyard I saw something run past me really fast. I followed it & saw that it was a baby bird.

It ran through the chain link fence to where I couldn't get to it. Of course since I am an animal lover & didn't know if it had fallen out of the nest I wanted to check & see if it was alright.

So, I ran into the house to get my mom & told her that there was some kind of baby bird in the yard but I didn't know what kind it was.

So we went out front & caught it. It perched on our fingers so we knew that it was a fledgling. I held it while my mom went inside & called some friends of ours that work with a wildlife rehibilitation program.

Our friend asked us if the bird was injured & we said we didn't think it was, so she said to let it go, watch it for a few minutes & see what happened.

We let it go & it hopped around a little. It had been chirping this whole time & it continued to.

We saw two grown robins coming towards it on the ground & thought maybe they were its parents.

Sure enough the baby robin went towards the two grown ones & they went off together.

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Jan 30, 2012
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robin?
by: rich

It looks too big to be a Robin!

Jun 15, 2011
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Awww....
by: Anonymous

so cute, this happens to me all the time...

May 10, 2008
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so cute

May 08, 2008
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This girl is so cool she helped a bird
by: trey

I love birds and I mean I can't believe you got that once in a life time opportunity that's so cool

Apr 01, 2008
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Excellent
by: Carl

I thought the close up picture was really nice.

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Baby Blue Jay..

Baby Blue Jay

Baby Blue Jay

We have a Blue Jay, we call JAY. he/she fell of a pine tree from nest. We took care of JAY for 2 1/2 months.

JAY would follow us all around the place. JAY would go on our hair and shoulders whenever it needed to feel loved. Jay also slept in our house for the night.

I would leave the door open so he/she could fly in and out of the house, that JAY done well.

JAY is like a human, very intelligent when it comes to communicating with humans or I should say me, because we took very good care of JAY.

JAY stayed with us for 2 1/2 months until a storm hit the area, we have not seen JAY since, What a sad ending, I’m feeling devastated..

Please if anyone can help me put a ending to this mystical chapter with the intelligent Blue Jay we had, I need it.

The smartest bird in the world.

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Sep 17, 2019
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PET BLUE JAY
by: Anonymous

We have had our blue jay since June. She is very energetic and entertaining. She is about 4 months old now. She is now flying from window to window looking out and screeching...is it too late to release her? She is like a pet to us, jumping on our heads, playing with our toes...is she imprinted on us? We would be devastated to let her go.

Aug 16, 2019
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For Your Love of Jay.
by: Wild Bird Lover

I'm so sorry that your Jay has not returned. I'm hoping that your Jay has joined up with another group of Blue Jays and has taken a little vacation with his new friends.

It sounds like you did everything right in his care and maybe you did such a good job he has joined a group of Blue Jays in the neighborhood.

I know it doesn't mend your broken heart, but you did a wonderful thing saving a baby bird. Thank goodness you were there to help take care of him.

My friends are going through the same thing, where they cared for a baby Blue Jay with a broken wing, brought it back to health and he has now flown away. I'm keeping my fingers crossed he is with one of the flocks of Jays that hang out in the neighborhood. Maybe this is what healed Jays do.

Hopefully, you can take solace knowing you gave your Jay a second chance that he would never have had if you hadn't taken the time to care for him. And love him too.

Jun 02, 2019
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Co-Parented for one Night
by: Anonymous

We found a fledgling blue Jay and Let me tell you I am so happy we are able to return him outside and the parents came within a half hour. Yesterday morning we took him out, and the parents came. This morning I went to check and he is still in the bush and I saw the parents feed him 3 times.

We only had him for one evening and I was already scared we broke the bond with the parents. We did not know what to do and we thought he is too close to the ground and we tried putting him higher in a bush then he went back down.

At this point was already dark and panicked and took the little cutzie in. HE was startled at first but once you grab him he would stay on your finger and just study you. We left him roam around the place and he was hopping and then he started calling.

At this point I panicked because I was so worried we have broken the bond with his parents. I started checking out online for advice and the more I looked the more I realized our mistake. My girlfriend was ready to keep him I was opposing because when my girlfriend took him his parents started making noise.

I rushed outside to see and we eventually took him in. So continuing the story he was hopping around the place and he started hopping on my girl's feet and started calling. I am not sure he was hungry for food or for motherly love. But we took him up gave him some chopped seeds. Now he stopped calling but I am not sure if it was because of fear or because he was fed. But that is to interpretation.

We put him in a box to sleep and took him in the bedroom with us in case he starts calling we can react.

The point is that we argued about letting him go in the morning. So in the morning I woke up worried sick abut our new baby. the moment I grabbed the box to take him out she woke up and we decided to feed him again make the coffee and go let him free outside and keep watch.

Within half hour the parents showed up they fed him and I was really happy. But before this moment he seemed lost and my girl got really sad. But she got really cheerful when she saw the parents.

This morning I went and checked on him and now she wants to check on him again. And the only way to do it from afar. Also it seems that blue jay are gutsy I saw them chase behind a hawk while making noise (alerting the neighbors) and this morning one was harassing a squirrel.

May 25, 2019
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baby blue jay
by: Anonymousnora

Great advice about the young birds falling out of the nest. It's happened twice now and I have information to work with. Thanks

Jul 19, 2018
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bluejay
by: Gene

Offer some type of nuts, raw, not salted or roasted. Black-oil Sunflower seed also.

Jul 19, 2018
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My blue jay
by: Anonymous

Several weeks ago I found a baby blue jay on the sidewalk down town by a busy street. It was very weak and covered in ants. It didn't have any feathers on it's belly yet and was a very new baby. Being the animal lover that I am I could not just leave it like that!

I brought it home and at first I kept it in a ten gallon fish tank in a nest with some branches around it. At night I covered the little bird with a wash cloth with only it's head out so it felt warm and protected like it's mom was there.

It would stay like that all night until I uncovered it in the morning. I fed it canned beef cat food shreds with a toothpick every hour. When it got a little older I introduced it to bird seed also.

As it grew we would go outside every day and it would get to hop around on the grass or practice flying. He is about full grown now. He stays in a big bird cage on my covered porch. Every day I let him out for several hours.

He gets to fly around and hang out in the trees. I have to yell at the robins often because they do pick on him. Being wild they are naturally afraid of me so they fly away and leave him alone if I holler at them. They try to make him fall out of the air when he's flying or chase him out of trees.

He will scream for me when he needs backup. He has learned to catch bugs but he still loves his canned cat food. He also gets a fresh bowl of bird seed every day which he picks through and throws all over the porch. He gets a fresh bowl of water every day too and he loves to give himself baths!

He also likes to collect objects he finds. He seems to enjoy bullet casings. He has found a few of them. He loves to stare into and peck at flowers. He is good friends with the cat also. The cat stays on the deck most days and they have little conversations.

The bird will walk or fly right to the cat when he's out and even eats food from his dish when he's eating and the cat lets him. The cat sleeps on the bird cage at night and the bird sleeps on the bar closest to him. How strange, but they are friends.

May 25, 2017
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baby bird
by: Gene

Leave it. The adults will assume a predator attack and leave. Do your best to keep the cats away.

May 25, 2017
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Baby Blue Jay
by: Anonymous

There is a fledgling Baby blue bird in my back yard it has been hopping on the ground and has climbed up a couple of tree's the parents are still around but we have a cats in our area, should I take him in for the night for safety or leave it alone ? I'm just very worried about the little one. I would welcome any advice. Thank You

Jul 04, 2016
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No Phone Numbers
by: Gene

Sorry Lilly, no phone numbers. You don't want every one on the internet having your number.This is public.

Contact a wildlife rehabilitator in your area.

Jul 04, 2016
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baby jay jay bird
by: lilly swafford

Can someone call me that knows what to do with jay jay its flying and doing well but wont eat on its own and doesnt eat when anybody eles tries to feed it just me.

Jun 29, 2016
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Bitter/Sweet
by: Cindy

A couple weeks ago, my husband found this precious little Blue Jay that had apparently fallen out of its nest. I took the baby in and fed it mealworms and water by a dropper every couple hours.

At that time, ChiChi, it's given name by me, had most of her feathers, except around the neck and down the back of the shoulders. Not knowing a lot about birds, I didn't know what temp to set for her in my home, so, I went to Walmart and bought several fleece baby blankets and wrapped the baby blue jay in it and rocked her.

Don't laugh! ChiChi loved being rocked and cuddled in her soft blankie. She would go sound to sleep each time. I even went as far as setting up my IPad and let her watch bird videos with bird sounds to keep her entertained and close to nature so when the time came to release her to the world outside, the birds chirping around my home would be familiar to her.

WELL, guess what? She thinks I'm her mama. I've set her to flight many time and even her parents welcomed her back, brought worms to her and tried to get her to respond to them. ChiChi ate their worms, but after she had enough sun and fun, she flew back to my window every time..., chirping and flapping her little wings to get my attention to bring her back into the house.

Please tell me how to get her to make that transition from me to her real parent. Thanks.

May 28, 2016
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Leo the blue jay
by: Southeast Missouri

We found a baby blue in our driveway after a big storm. He's just barely getting his blue feathers and can barely hop. We've been feeding him puppy chow mixed with water and he cannot get enough of it. His parents never came around and luckily I found this forum. Everybody has been a big help!

May 24, 2016
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Bluejays
by: Gene

Most fledglings do not fly well when they first leave the nest. Make sure the carrier is up from cats and the adults continue to feed. They'll have to decide when to leave. The adults will lead them from shrub to shrub until they can get higher up.

Thanks,
Gene

May 17, 2016
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Fledgling blue jays
by: Anonymous

Found 2 baby blue jays in my yard Saturday. Put them in a tote on my back porch. Mom feeds them regularly. They were able after 2 days to jump up and sit on the rim of the tote but still unable to fly. There are many feral cats around so i put them in a cat carrier. Mom is still feeding them as of Tuesday. Im wondering when they should be ready to fly. Until they are airborn they are going to be in danger and i will not be able to rest until i know they are safe.

May 12, 2016
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bluejay
by: Gene

Hello Charity, it sounds like you've done a good job at providing for this bird. At this point it may not be able to survive on its own.

I suggest finding a wildlife center or rehabilitator and letting them know what you've written here.

Hopefully they can take the bird off your hands.

May 12, 2016
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Baby Blue Jay
by: Charity

Hi I've had a baby blue jay for three weeks now it fell out of my pine tree and had no feathers on its wings now it can fly but my question is how can I get it to eat on its own. I've tired to put the wet dog food in the tray and showing her where the food is but it has not gotten the hang of it. It's so sweet and loving I'm so supprised. And when do you think it's ok to feed it bird seed or penuts?

Oct 05, 2015
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baby blue jay
by: Anonymous

Almost fledgling little Mug Y survived a crow attack/snatched and dropped with a hurt wing and broken foot in spring.(we couldn't locate nest) Took MugY home and raised him on itty-bitty meal worms/eggs/puppy food.

Would have taken him to a caring wildlife rehab center but they don't except plain old birds and I'm not cold blooded, better to die trying then die a horrible death. October 2015 his foot is better but some toes cant close tightly and wing is much better.

I would feed/put him outside for neighborhood Jays to have a come look/see but only 1 was interested from a distance but wouldn't feed him. I am hoping he will be able to fly away next spring since now it is to cold/ wet for him unless we get a warm October.

I don't babying him like a pet because he MUST leave the home to where he belongs, free and I wont relax until he's out. Birds, adults/babies are so frail and they die easy no matter how much experience you have in raising birds, one minute its doing great next day dead.

The longer you have it the more chances it will die on you. Little bugger is doing fine but wont lay off the meal worms Will update.

Jul 26, 2015
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Help baby blue jay
by: Chase

We just found a baby blue jay in our kitchen. We would like to know what to feed this little youngster. By looking on google images he is about 3-4 weeks old. If anyone could please call me or email me what to do that would be most appreciated. We are currently dropping very very small amounts of water to him and the little guy is drinking it. We do have bird seed but we would like to know what would be the best.
Chasebennett322@ gmail
321-208-6683
Please feel free to contact me.

Jun 20, 2014
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baby Bella...lost Jay
by: Anonymous

We just lost Blue Jay Bella that we had for 7 years. She stayed in our pool enclosure during the day. She slept in a cage in the house at night and I hand fed her twice a day.

She nibbled on the nuts and seeds throughout the day. The pool door was left open and she flew away. This bird was the most loving bird. we even had our own calls that she mimicked.

I miss her terribly and hope she's able to survive on her own. She has been gone now for 4 days. She was clearly our family pet.

Jun 09, 2014
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by: Anonymous

Hi

I'm not sure why would you want to wash the baby bird? But definitely do not try to do so because birds can drown easily.

You could also try to put the baby bird in a basket and hang it up on the same tree that it fell from, somewhere where the mom and dad could see him and fly to.

They should be looking for they're little ones!

But if they're not around you should be feeding it every 20 min or so. If you have dry dog or cat food make it soft with water, mash it up and feed it to the baby bird with a syringe or a straw little by little.

Do not attempt to give it water! She'll have enough fluid from the food. Good luck to you and good luck to the little one.

Jun 09, 2014
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2 H's Hi and Help
by: Alexis

Hi Megan, our tree branch came down and their were two baby birds in it. We took care of them and they slept in our mudroom last night but there is only one baby left.

I remembered that the mama bird keeps them warm but my dad said it was warm enough in there so I said okay.

When I went to go check up on them the other baby had died. So the only one that's alive is Liv, I named her that!!

I was wondering, can I wash the baby bird? Write me back

Jun 04, 2014
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To Megan
by: Anonymous

Dear Megan,
Thank you so much for your reply.
I do see Mom and Dad coming around pretty often.
But unfortunately Im not sure for what reason, out of the three of them only one of them seems to be ok! The one that I see is sitting on the side of the basket, and the other two in the basket isn't moving :( Im devastated because I'm trying to think that I tried my best! Or did I do something wrong? I did put some sheets of paper to the bottom of the basket so its more confi but maybe I shouldn't have? Maybe it got wet and caused something... I don't know!

They all seemed healthy just yesterday. :( And I'm so scared for the one that's left, why is it standing on the edge? What if it falls out again? and its already dark outside. Aaaaaaa im going to go crazy.

Jun 04, 2014
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To anonymous
by: Megan

Anonymous,

Sounds like you did a good job. Just keep an eye on the basket from far away where they can't see you. You should see mom and dad coming around at least every hour or so to feed them.

If you don't see them after several hours then they could be dead. In that case, you may have to take them in and raise them yourself or take to a bird rehab.

Most likely though, the mom and dad are not too far off. They keep a good eye on their babies and only usually give up in the case of their death.

They have invested a lot of time and energy into those babies, and they are not going to just give up on them too easy. Also just keep an eye out for snakes. Make sure the basket is up kind of high in the tree.

Jun 03, 2014
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3 baby blue jays fell out of their nest
by: Anonymous

I found 3 baby blue Jays on my backyard this afernoon and since I didnt know what to do with them at first I just put them in a shoe box since it was raining very hard outside and brought them on to my porch.

After it stopped raining, which gave me enough time to do some research online I put them in a hanging basket and put them on the same tree they fell out from!

I think their mom or dad found them so I really hope they'll continue to care for them! If somone can give me any more advise, what else I should do I would really appreciate it. Thank You

May 25, 2014
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The Mighty Thor: Day 10
by: MightyThorsMom

I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your stories of caring for baby blue jays. So many of the sites/forums I've come across are just MEAN rehab people that sound like they have no hearts. I tried every rehab center w/i a 3 state radius to no avail...so this is the story (thus far)of THE MIGHTY THOR!

Found a nest on ground with momma bird dead (half-eaten) and four baby blue jays (one was already dead...three others struggling)-dad was nowhere to be found. Babies had feathers on top but tummy's were just skin.

They were cold and dying. So, I brought the 3 inside & put them in a little round basket I lined with a piece of torn-up t-shirt, placed on low heating pad and covered the top almost all the way with a damp warm washcloth for moisture.

They were too weak to eat. Two died within an hour as I frantically got online and called wildlife rehabs (sorry...we're too full - put them back outside to die), vets (sorry, can't help). Finally, the one lil guy (I'm calling him a boy anyway) was still alive...barely.

I think my motherly instinct just kicked in and I picked him up and put him on my chest so he could feel my heartbeat & breath and held him for a few hours and he actually started eating (moist cat food fed with tweezers). Slept that way all night (in between feedings).

He was still alive in the morning! So I named him THE MIGHTY THOR because he's a fighter!

It took him about 3 days to come around but 10 days later he has been perching, his belly feathers have grown in and he's jumping around on the ground flapping his wings!

Today he took a birdbath out in the sun & loved it. He spends all day outside in large bird cage. I feed him every 45 minutes or so. What am I feeding him? Kitten Chow soaked in warm water till soft, some hard boiled eggs (yolks & ground up shells), wet puppy food and I mix all of that with some baby bird food I got at PetSmart.

No water yet as he gets enough in his food & they can drown easily if given straight water (unless you get past their tongues it will go in their lungs). Keep them warm and fed and hope for the best.

I know the day will come soon that I too will have to let him fly away. No matter what happens, at least I will know, and so will he...that he was loved and not left to die a cold and alone.

I've even read stories of people who have 3 & 4 generations of babies from the blue jays they've raised and released that "come home" to roost. I hope that's the case.


May 12, 2014
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our new twin baby blue jays
by: Anonymous

We found twin baby blue jays yesterday on mothers day how funny. I've been chopping up worms and feeding them with water on them every two to three hours it seems to be doing okay.

They already know my voice and scream if I talk in the room. Just wondering about a feeding schedule and how to make a best up for them and if cedar chips would be OK to put them on.

Oct 08, 2012
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To the lady who lost her blue jay?
by: Anonymous


To the lady who lost her little friend I'm so sorry. I don't know what could have happned to him in the storm. Just keep thinking good and positive thoughts that he flew away with the other birds or he's alright and perhaps he might come back to see you one day.

I think it's best when you go as far as raising them then to just keep them. I know it might not be right but if you raise them from a baby they know nothing else but you. But you tried to do the right thing. Just next time you'll know.:)

Also have you tried calling Jay? He might be afraid to come out. Call him or her over and over again. He might come back. I hope so. Other birds will take them away to. It's just nature. I'm so sorry.

Take care,
:)

Jun 18, 2012
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Did you ever find your jay?
by: Anonymous

We raised a baby blue jay that grew attached to us until we finally released her and thought she would fly off somewhere, but so far she has stayed in our yard for several months.

She will come down several times a day to see us and eat the food we put out for her. We are attached to her, and she still seems to have a measure of attachment to us even though she is out living on her on now.

I dread the day when she fly's away and doesn't come back. Blue Jays are super intelligent and they imprint on humans pretty easily.

If you have a newborn blue jay (without hair) you can get baby bird food formula from Pet Smart or if they are fledglings you can feed them mushed up wet cat food in small little pieces by a dropper or dull tweezers.

They have to be fed about every hour from sun up to sundown so if you can't commit to that then make sure you take them to a vet or someone that can take care of them.

May 23, 2012
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What to feed your blue jay
by: Anonymous

The best thing to feed the bird is earth worms and crickets.

I found a baby blue jay and the baby is about two weeks old you have to mush up the worms and feed him through a straw.

But the blue jay needed stitches so I had to give it stitches and it recovered and now is about three or four weeks old now.

May 04, 2012
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Just found
by: Anonymous

I just found a fledgeling blue jay in my drive way at night. I picked him up and brought him in due to predators in the area and all he can do is hop so we r keeping him for the night and I will see how he does tomorrow. I don't want him getting hurt also he is the first bird my girlfriend has not been afraid of.

Aug 11, 2011
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our baby blue jay
by: Anonymous

We also raised a baby blue jay for 7 weeks. I didn't realize I was so attached to her until she didn't return home last Monday. I guess we'll never know if a cat caught her or she just decided it was time to go out on her own. We also had a storm the night she left so maybe she was blown out of her territory. I don't think I'll ever do this again - just too sad when they leave even if that was the ultimate goal.

Jun 21, 2011
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baby blue jay
by: yahaira

My 7 yrs old son found a baby blue jay today and I have no idea what to do. Can anyone tell me what I could feed the baby bird now? It is illegal to keep them?

May 25, 2011
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Baby Blue Jay
by: B. Morgan

We just found a baby jay in our backyard. we tried to fashion a nest from a hanging basket, but the parents never fed the baby. Two days later I heard it crying in the hanging basket. My husband took it out so we can try to save it. Any suggestions would be very welcomed!

Jul 01, 2010
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Your baby Jay
by: Dawn Mathews

Im so sorry to hear you lost track of your Jay, please except my deepest regard's. We have a baby Jay,that fell out of a nest, it just has pin feather's that are blue on it's wing's.

We returned it to it's nest last night when we first found it, and watched the nest, and then today it was back on the ground. We tried our best to get it back to it's parent's, to no avail.

We tried our best to get it to a environmental conservationist, to no avail as well. We now have it under a heat light, are hand feeding it, and it seem's to be doing well for now. Will you please share with us what you fed your baby Jay?

How should we plan for it's future? We live in Iowa, and the winter can be brutal! Please help us with more of your experience? My personal email, if you ask I will share with you.

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