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    How to Help Injured Birds

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Birds can easily injure themselves by falling out of the nest or flying into a window. If you find an injured bird, there are some things you can do to help the bird and ensure its survival. This guide outlines how to go save birds that you find injured. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Help an Injured Bird

    • If you find an injured bird, it is important to remember that you are not the parent and you should not try to raise the bird at home without veterinary assistance. Not only is there a high chance that the injured bird won’t survive, it can also be illegal to raise injured birds without a license.
    • Depending on the condition of injured birds, there are a number of things you do to help save the birds. If you find a baby bird that has feathers and is hopping on the ground, leave it alone. It may have just left the nest and it is usual for them not to be able to fly.
    • If you find an injured bird that is either naked or covered in down then you should help the bird by putting it back in its nest which is probably in a nearby bush. Make sure you don’t touch the bird with your bare hands otherwise the mother will reject it. Use a washcloth to cover your hands and gently place it in the nest.
    • It is quite common for birds to fly into windows and injure themselves. If you find an injured bird in this state then you should leave it alone. It is most likely that the injured bird is just dazed and will get up and fly away once it has recovered.
    • If you have found an injured bird and none of the above apply then the best way to help the bird is to contact your local nature reserve or RSPCA office. They will send out a professional who knows how to save birds and will give it the best chance of survival.
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