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    Hand Feed a Bird

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Occasionally, a bird requires a little helping hand - literally - from humans to survive and flourish. This is particularly true of baby birds that have lost their mother, as well as injured birds and older birds. Therefore, it's essential to learn the basic skill of feeding birds by hand. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Hand feeding wild birds can be a tricky challenge, but a necessary one if you're attempting to keep a young or injured bird healthy and happy.

    Hand Feeding Advice Guide

    If you find yourself in the situation of caring for a bird, it's important to realise exactly how much dedication is needed to carry out the hand feeding process effectively. Once you start hand feeding, you'll need to offer up fresh feed at least four times a day for a good couple of weeks before a bird begins to exhibit signs of self-sufficiency.

    Next, it's time to think about the feeding process itself. Locate a flat, clean area within the house where you can feed the bird(s). Mix up a specialist bird feed formula (available from most pet shops) and using a syringe or a teaspoon, gently release some of the mixture into a bird's beak. The bird should react favourably and engage with the feeding process. Patience can be a virtue at this stage, as this part may prove challenging for the bird.

    Withdraw the syringe once the bird's crop (throat) appears to be bulging - if it seems excessively large, this may point to overfeeding. It's essential to avoid the problem of overindulgence at all costs, as it can lead to numerous health problems.

    Finally, turn your attention to combating the mess left behind. When it comes to feeding wild birds, they don't always make the best dinner guests and feeding can prove a little messy.

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