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    How to Feed a Nestling

    ArticleBird AdviceThursday 24 February 2011
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    Baby birds get separated from their mothers almost every spring. If you find a nestling – an extremely young bird without any feathers – or a fledgling – one with feathers, almost ready to fly – then there are a few things you should know about how to care for them. Obviously, the younger nestlings require much more care and attention. They will require feeding almost every half hour for around two weeks. Feeding nestlings is a difficult job, so here’s how to do it right: 

    Make a nest for the bird. You can do this with tissue and paper towels. The nest needs to be warm all the time or else the bird cannot digest its food properly.  

    Buy dry dog food bits, soak them in hot water and add sugar. Once it is mushy enough gently tap the bird on its beak with tweezers to let it know that feeding has begun. Then place the food in the bird’s mouth. Once it has had enough it will stop opening its mouth to be fed.  

    You should do this for around two weeks and the nestling should now be able to feed itself.

     

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